Social Security Disability Lawyer
A Social Security disability lawyer can assist you at any point during your disability claim. Even if you have not made a formal application for the disability, it does not mean that you cannot have the representation of an attorney. A disability lawyer will help you to get your claim filed and it should be noted that the Social Security Administration will not acknowledge his representation until your paperwork has been submitted and verified received. You also will have gone through a disability interview.
A disability claim that is pending is a claim that is being processed and these claims can take up to 4 months before a disability examiner makes a decision. There are no specific deadlines for these decisions and there have been certain claims, though rare, that have taken up to a year before a decision is made. A qualified disability attorney can assist you and explain how the process works. Before a decision is made there is however very little that your lawyer will be required to do.
More than 70% of disability cases are denied at this beginning level and your legal representation will need to file appeal paperwork quickly. More than 85% of appeals are denied. When this happens your legal counsel will request a hearing before an administrative judge. Unfortunately, at this point of the process it could take up to two years for you actually receive a hearing. The reason for this is because of the many backlogs in the system.
As you wait, your lawyer will monitor your claim and be prepared for your upcoming hearing. It is important to note that all of your past medical records will be probably considered irrelevant. It is therefore important to have recent medical record documentation that proves you are currently disabled.
When you have your disability hearing your lawyer will go into action and argue your case based on your current medical evidence. It will be advantageous to your case to have the services of a disability attorney especially at this point of the process.The reason why it is important to have a lawyer represent you in a hearing is because the judge may request additional information from a vocational or medical expert.
Responding to any type of expert is best handled by an experienced disability attorney. Your attorney will understand all of the various implications of any information that is being passed from a medical or vocational expert to the judge.