Do I Need an Attorney to Help With My Social Security Disability Claim?
We get asked this question a lot. The answer is: Maybe not.
Social Security provides the application and appeal forms and requests that you give them information about your disability, your work background, doctors names and addresses, and statements from people who know about your problems. About 35% of all initial applications for disability or SSI benefits are approved by Social Security.
So, if Social Security agrees your medical conditions are severe and disabling, you may receive benefits in just a few months. If your claim is denied, and your doctors disagree with Social Security’s assessment, we recommend an immediate appeal and contacting someone to help with your case. If you are going to a hearing, competent counsel can be very helpful, someone who can prepare you and make sure all the medical records have been submitted. The Social Security judge is required to give you at least one postponement if you need time to secure representation.