What to Expect After Hiring a Social Security Disability Lawyer

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It can be an overwhelming experience for individuals trying to get Social Security Disability Benefits while dealing with a chronic medical condition. From obtaining the correct diagnosis to trying various treatment options to see what works and what doesn’t, it can be exhausting to handle, especially while you are trying to better control your health.

If you find that you’re considered disabled because of your medical condition, whether it’s a mental or physical disorder, you could be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits. While this could help relieve your financial burden from not being able to work, applying for these benefits is a lengthy and difficult process. Hiring a lawyer who specializes in Social Security disability can help relieve the confusion about trying to understand the intricacies of the program. The advocate has a deep knowledge and understanding of what is required to get your application approved, and it will prove to be a worthwhile investment for your future.

What happens after a lawyer is hired?

After you decide to hire a Social Security disability lawyer, you’ll want to find one who specializes in your specific type of disability and will be the most knowledgeable. Be sure to ask questions about their success rate and how they work. You want someone who is good at what they do, but you also want to make sure you’re comfortable with the advocate.

At the beginning, the attorney will conduct a baseline interview to gather information for your case, and the answers help the lawyer determine if they can help you win.

Once they accept your case, the advocate will request your medical records and submit them to the Social Security Administration (SSA). In some circumstances, additional medical exams will be required, so your lawyer will review your medical records to determine if you need any further testing to support your claim. The advocate might ask the SSA to schedule a consultative exam with one of the organization’s doctors or ask you to get testing done on your own. They may also ask doctors for statements supporting your disability claim and your functional limitations.

As with any legal case, the Social Security disability lawyer will prep you for your hearing. Some common questions they might ask include:

  • Are you seeing a physician for your disability?
  • Are you working right now?
  • What treatments have you tried?
  • What medications do you take for your disability and what are the side effects?
  • Does the medication make you feel any better?
  • When did you become too disabled to work?
  • What are your symptoms, described as specifically as possible?
  • How do you spend a typical day?
  • Do you take pain medication? If yes, do you ever take more than you’re supposed to?
  • Do you ever abuse drugs or alcohol?
  • Are there things you like to do that you can’t anymore?
  • Can you accomplish the tasks of daily living, such as cleaning, cooking and bathing?

Even though some questions may seem personal or invasive, it’s crucial to answer each one as honestly and objectively as possible in order to offer a true portrayal of yourself and your condition. If you’re not honest with your lawyer, they can’t properly representative you.

In some cases, the Social Security Administration will allow a witness to testify on your disability, but this could be either helpful or harmful, so your attorney will determine if a witness is necessary to getting your claim approved. They may ask any caregivers, former employees or family members to write letters detailing your disability as further evidence as well.

Once it’s time for the official hearing, your Social Security attorney will argue that your disability fits description as provided by the Social Security Administration and that you meet all of the criteria. If this is the case, you automatically qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Your attorney may also argue that you can’t do previous jobs, do less demanding work or even fulfill a less-than-sedentary (sit-down) job.

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