It is not always necessary to hire a Social Security lawyer to help you win a claim for disability benefits. There are many cases which are so obvious that there is no other option but to approve the claim. If your disability is clear cut and you can prove that it will last for more than a year, then you won’t need a lawyer. Other than this proviso, you will definitely be better off when you are represented by a Social Security lawyer in Tennessee.
When should you hire the lawyer?
If it appears that you need legal assistance then don’t wait, the sooner your claim presented clearly and succinctly to the SSA, the better. If the claim is substantiated with medical reports and other supporting data you are more likely to be approved upon application. Your lawyer will work closely with medical personnel that have been treating you, in this way everything that is needed to substantiate the claim is included with the initial application.
What about being denied?
Even when a lawyer is involved, there are plenty of times when the claim will be denied. Even the Administration make no excuses, they are the first to admit that many claims that should be approved are not.
The SSA has a fully developed appeals process. If your claim is rejected, you have a 60 day period in which to lodge an appeal. The first level is to ask that the decision to deny benefits be reconsidered. The chances of approval at this stage are very poor, less than five percent are approved.
If you have gone this far without the assistance of a Social Security lawyer in Tennessee, now is the time to hire one. You will be called to a hearing in the presence of an Administrative Law Judge, it is at this time you can present current, up to date medical evidence and even present witnesses to support your claim. To prevail at this stage, having a seasoned lawyer can usually make the difference between approval and further denial of benefits.
For most of those that are disabled, a monthly benefit is extremely important. You stand the best chance of being approved for benefits if you work closely with an experienced Social Security lawyer in Tennessee. You are invited to discuss your situation with the Law Offices of Miller & Drozdowski, P.C. Like us on our facebook page.