As a disabled worker, you likely have some questions pertaining to Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. You can get answers from an experienced and empathetic attorney who regularly works with people like you who want to work but cannot due to a physical or mental ailment.
An experienced social security attorney is a crucial ally who can help you in many ways when seeking those disability benefits. He or she will provide insight and reassurance during this time when you will have many questions and need help to get by.
Assembling documents and guide you in an appeal
Here are some of the ways in which an attorney can help you in an attempt to secure SSD benefits:
- Help in determining whether your ailment qualifies you: Not every ailment qualifies a person for disability benefits. Also, remember that the government scrutinizes every application. The list of qualifying physical and mental ailments are many, though, and include cerebral palsy, cancer, heart-related ailments, multiple sclerosis, hearing and vision loss, asthma, bronchitis, arthritis, asthma, autism, and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
- Provide guidance in assembling documents and your application: The application process can be lengthy and complicated. An attorney will swiftly help you complete this task. This includes gathering all necessary documents such as medical records, pay stubs, and your birth certificate. It is vital to be organized.
- Let you know the monthly benefit amount to expect: The amount you will be awarded depends on the length of your employment and how much you have paid into the Social Security system. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), the government awarded an average of $1,258 per month to disabled workers in 2019. Male workers received an average of $1,394 and female workers $1,128.
- Advocate for you in the appeals process if needed: The SSA rejects two-thirds of all applications sought by disabled workers. So, the odds of needing to file an appeal are high. An appeal hearing takes place in front of an administrative judge who will review your file and all evidence pertaining to your claim. An attorney can help you prepare your testimony and let you know what questions the judge will ask. Your attorney also may encourage you to enlist expert witnesses such as a physician or psychologist to support your claim.
These are just some of the ways in which an attorney may help you throughout this process.
A solid advocate providing guidance
Your disability prevents you from working. You will have many questions as you go through the process seeking SSD benefits. A knowledgeable, patient and empathetic attorney can answer them and guide you through every step. The experienced social security attorneys at our firm will advocate for you when you need help the most, maximizing your chances of getting an award of benefits.