The lengthy Social Security Disability claims process can be frustrating, especially when a severe injury or disability is already causing you stress. But SSDI benefits are a valuable and necessary resource for a disabled person, and going through this process is unavoidable. We understand that a disability case is a long and difficult process to go through alone, and that is why we are dedicated to helping you along the way.
The bulk of time during a disability case is spent filling out paperwork and waiting for the court to process it, which means that most of the waiting is out of your control. But that isn’t to say you can’t help at all. Here are three important things you can do to speed up your disability case and increase your chances for success:
Hire an attorney who knows how to handle a disability case
One of the most helpful things you can do before and during the claims process is hire an experienced disability attorney. Attempting to navigate the legal and administrative maze of Social Security alone is not only intimidating, but can limit your case’s potential for success significantly. The Summit Disability Law Group specializes in Social Security Disability cases. We have years of experience working with the Social Security Administration, medical doctors, and most importantly valued clients on an individual level.
One of the biggest mistakes we see our clients make is delaying the initial filing of their claim. In the wake of a debilitating injury or disease, a legal effort may seem overwhelming; but starting the process quickly is crucial in building a successful case. You should try to discern if your disability case is likely to succeed before making any decisions, but don’t let doubt keep you from pursuing benefits. If you can answer yes to any of the following questions, there is a good chance you will qualify for SSDI:
Has your disability kept you out of work for at least one year? Or, do you expect that it will in the future?
Do you suffer from a physical or mental disability, or a combination of both?
Have you worked for at least 5 out of the last 10 years and paid taxes?
If these questions apply to your situation, you should begin a disability case. Your initial application is extremely important, and accuracy of information is essential. 67% of applicants are denied at this stage, many of whom may have succeeded if they had enlisted the help of a professional. We say, don’t take that chance! Our experience and understanding will make your disability case quicker, less stressful, and more likely to succeed. Many of the people denied after their initial application give up, or get lost in the woods of appeals and hearings. But with our help, that won’t happen to you. Each step of your disability case will be taken as efficiently and accurately as possible.
Request an “on the record” review
Asking for an OTR review may allow you to skip the long hearing process requiring you to appear before an Administrative Law Judge. If your disability case clearly provides enough medical evidence to support your claim, you may not be required to give testimony. You must have a disability lawyer to receive and OTR review; if not, you will have to wait for your hearing.
Many people waste time during their disability case trying to do everything alone. We can help you complete the often overwhelming tasks of interpreting legal jargon, applying and appealing, and fighting for the benefits you need. Hiring an experienced disability lawyer can speed up your disability case and remove a lot of unnecessary stress. From starting the process in a timely manner to applying for an OTR review, we will help you be prepared, comfortable, and ready to tell your story. Contact us today for a free consultation or fill out the free form at the top of this page, and we will get to work for you.