Do You Need A Lawyer To Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits?
You do not need an attorney to file a claim. But having a knowledgeable advocate is clearly an advantage in an environment where the large majority of claims are rejected on the initial filing.
One of your advocates in the pursuit of your rights is your Social Security disability lawyer. This website will help you find that advocate, and provide you with the information you need to thoroughly understand your rights and your options.
First, information is always your friend. Below are some sources of information as well as some links that can help you better understand your circumstance, what's expected of you, and how the government views you when determining eligibility.
Your Social Security Benefits
In 1945 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created a Federal program now known as Social Security. Your Social Security benefits derive from that program. Driven by economic hardship, the program sought to soften the harsh conditions caused by economic depression and war. Your Social Security benefits provide much more than retirement benefits.
When you apply for these programs, you will be asked to supply medical and other information to determine if your circumstance meets Social Security's definition of disability.
This is a good resource for general information on the government site.
Use the Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool to find out which programs may be able to pay you benefits.
If your application has recently been denied, the Internet Appeal is a starting point to request a review of our decision about your eligibility for disability benefits.
If your application is denied for:
* Medical reasons, (beginning December 22nd) you can complete and submit the required Appeal Request and Appeal Disability Report online.
The disability report asks you for updated information about your medical condition and any treatment, tests or doctor visits since we made our decision.
* Non-medical reasons, you should contact your local Social Security Office to request the review. You also may call ssa's toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213, to request an appeal. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can call ssa's toll-free TTY number, 1-800-325-0778