Why Having A Lawyer Is Crucial
Most people believe that if they are unable to work, they will automatically be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income. Perhaps all you need is a doctor to sign off on the fact that you are “disabled,” and that will be enough to convince the Social Security Administration (SSA) of your eligibility.
However, the system does not work that way, as many find out when their applications are denied. Having a lawyer familiar with the SSA’s rules and regulations can make all the difference. Here are three reasons why you should consider hiring an attorney to represent you.
1. A Social Security Disability Attorney Knows The Terminology
Most claims are denied because the terminology or evidence in the claim does not match the SSA’s definitions of “impairment” or “substantial gainful activity.” The meaning of these terms may seem obvious, but the SSA has a fairly narrow definition.
An attorney can help you assemble the appropriate documentation and put it in the language that the SSA looks for. David Shore understands the regulatory terms, the medical diagnoses and the evidence needed to build a successful Social Security Disability claim.
2. A Lawyer Can Help You Follow Through
Diligence and persistence are key to successfully claiming Social Security benefits. After being denied or told to gather more information, some people fail to follow up or pursue an appeal.
With our attorney on your side, we can take on the burden of organizing your claim and keeping you on track. Our office will partner with you to make this process, which can take several months or years to complete, as efficient and painless as possible.
3. An Attorney Can Guide You Through The Appeals Process
It’s safe to assume that your initial application will be denied. Almost two-thirds of Social Security Disability claims are. The SSA has a multi-step process for appealing a denied claim. Any missteps could result in subsequent denials.
Having an attorney on your side means you’ll have a guide who is familiar with this highly legal process. David Shore is a well-known, respected lawyer within the local Social Security offices in Oceanside, San Diego, San Marcos, Riverside and Palm Springs. Administrative law judges and Social Security staff know him to be a fair and diligent advocate for his clients.
We Are On Your Side
You wouldn’t want to appear in criminal court or family court without a lawyer to defend you. The same principle applies to many civil processes, including Social Security Disability. Put a strong advocate on your side who can help you navigate the SSA’s system successfully. Call the Law Office of David M. Shore at 760-477-1519 today for a free case evaluation.