It’s an unfortunate reality that many social security disability claims are wrongfully denied. You and your physician have followed all of the correct steps and filed the appropriate paperwork with the proper government bodies, but your claim is denied nonetheless. The officials in charge of these cases are cogs in a machine who deal with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of these claims regularly. Hiring a lawyer to win your social security disability benefits puts you a step ahead of the rest, so you don’t have to fight through the same process over and over.
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Our legal team understands the complicated nature and red tape involved in social security disability benefits and will pursue the total amount of compensation you are due for your disability and everyday limitations it places on your life.
Hiring A Lawyer Improves Your Chances of Getting SSDI or SSI Benefits
According to the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), research suggests that having legal representation or a disability advocate involved in your social security disability claim improves your chances of getting approval. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are programs established by the Social Security Administration to provide and distribute benefits to people with qualified disabilities. A lawyer specializing in SSDI and SSI claims such as Accident Lawyer John Fagan knows the required steps to file and pursue your case.
We can fill out your application for SSDI or SSI and help you compile your medical records that document the extent of your disability. Witness and expert testimony help fortify your claim, including loved ones who see your declining quality of life and the limitations placed on you due to your poor health. Your physician and other medical professionals can further establish the severity and genuine need for disability benefits. Having a lawyer to help you apply for SSDI or SSI can prevent minor issues or omissions in the application from damaging your claim.
These cases can be especially tricky for “invisible” disabilities such as chronic migraine disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, and medical conditions that affect the heart, respiratory system, bones, or joints. The fact that you don’t look sick can make many people skeptical of the full impact your medical issue has on your day-to-day life. Many people who pursue SSDI or SSI benefits are initially denied because these conditions lack visible symptoms. However, more apparent disabilities may also be rejected. In these instances, you will need to appeal the decision.
A Social Security Benefits Lawyer Can Appeal Your Denied Claim
If your application for SSDI or SSI benefits is denied (and many are), you must then go through the appeals process. You may even have to appeal several times to win disability benefits. During your appeal, it’s critical to have an attorney to help you prepare for the hearing, which takes place in front of an administrative law judge after you file the appeal. Our law firm will walk you through the process of testifying to help you and your witnesses get ready for questioning.
While having an attorney when you first file for social security disability benefits can improve your odds of getting approved, it also increases your chances of winning the appeal. The Government Accountability Office published a study in 2017 that found people with legal representation during their disability hearing were almost three times more likely to succeed than those who did not have an attorney present.
Contact a Social Security Disability Attorney in North Central Florida
You need an experienced lawyer who understands the intricacies of dealing with the Social Security Administration. John Fagan and our legal team throughout Florida have helped many clients win their social security disability benefits and are available to help you.
Our practice is dedicated to helping accident victims. If you ever need help with a legal problem or just want information on this subject, you can always reach our firm at 777-JOHN. We serve clients throughout Florida with our main office in Orange Park and consult offices in Palatka, Middleburg, Keystone, Starke, Gainesville, and Ocala.