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Applying for disability benefits can be a daunting process—and, like most legal processes, you have to do it correctly if you want your case to move quickly.

The more you know about how the Social Security approval system works, the more likely you are to receive disability benefits.

This is where working with a disability lawyer—and utilizing his or her experience and skill with navigating the process—can really give you an advantage.

How can a disability lawyer help me apply for and receive benefits?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) approves only 30% of initial Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) claims on average. This means you’re actually at a disadvantage if you apply for benefits or appeal without the help of a disability lawyer.

Call (919) 775-5653 or contact us and set up a consultation to speak with one of our experienced disability lawyers about your case.

You likely won’t know all the complicated rules that the SSA applies, or the elaborate strategies that disability lawyers have at their disposal to help prove your case. But at every stage, a lawyer can be an enormous asset.

A disability lawyer can help you get approved in the first round

The quickest way for you to receive benefits is to receive approval your original application.

At this stage, your disability lawyer can help by:

  • Clearly stating in your application that you meet or equal a listing, or are not able to perform any work due to your disability
  • Collecting the right medical evidence to prove the physical impairments in your claim
  • Requesting collaboration from your doctors in a way that helps your case. Because SSI will be looking for specific terminology, your disability lawyer will let your doctors know to use this terminology in your reports, so there is no confusion
  • Notifying SSI if your disability is a terminal illness, which makes it eligible for expedited action

A disability lawyer can help get your OTR decision approved

If your original application is still not one of the 30% that are approved, the next fastest step towards benefits approval is to win an “on the record” (OTR) decision—without waiting for a hearing.

At this stage, your disability lawyer can:

  • Compile a clear argument for why you should receive benefits that meets the SSI requirements
  • Answer any questions requested by SSI with new information from your doctors or medical records
  • Speak to the Attorney Adjudicator about the specific merits of your case or to negotiate the onset date of your disability

A disability lawyer can help your approval at the ALJ Hearing

If your original application is still not one of the 30% that are approved, the next fastest step towards benefits approval is to win an “on the record” (OTR) decision—without waiting for a hearing.

At this stage, your disability attorney can:

  • Utilize his/her familiarity with the kind of evidence that wins and loses cases
  • Call on his/her knowledge of how particular judges rule
  • Fully develop your case before hearing, and ask the vocational expert the right questions
  • Prepare you to answer the judge’s questions about the specifics of your medical impairments and limitations

A disability attorney can also win you more retroactive pay

Even successful disability claimants don’t always get the most favorable “alleged onset date” (AOD)—the date you claim your disability began—that affects how much you receive in retroactive pay. This is why it’s important for your case that you be able to prove the earliest possible onset of your disability. Your lawyer can make sure the administrative law judge or disability claims examiner understands exactly when your disability began.

The disability lawyers at Wilson & Reives are here to provide you with trusted, effective legal counsel. We’ll help you navigate the SSA rulings and ensure that your claims have the best chance of being granted.

Call us today to get a free consultation and receive the guidance and help you need – (919) 928-5843 or use our online Contact Form.

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