Find a Social Security Disability Lawyer Near You
If you have been denied Social Security disability benefits despite having a mental or physical impairment that keeps you from working, you may be wondering what to do next. Should you appeal the denial? Should you hire a Social Security disability lawyer to help you do so? “Yes” and “yes.”
The Social Security Administration denies most applications for disability benefits, but 55 percent of those claimants who appeal this denial through the hearing stage are eventually awarded benefits. Why?
Most of the time, the Social Security employee who evaluates your application simply doesn’t have enough information to find you disabled. A Social Security disability lawyer can make sure SSA has a complete copy of your medical records, including laboratory test results and doctors’ opinion forms.
A lawyer will also prepare you to testify at your hearing. This is the first opportunity the Social Security Administration has to see you in person and assess your truthfulness, so it’s important to make a good impression. Your Social Security disability attorney will let you know what questions to expect and how to answer in a way that gives the judge enough information to find you disabled.
Although there is no law requiring you to hire a lawyer to help you appeal your case, government statistics show that claimants who do so are more likely to win benefits than those who do not. To find an experienced Social Security disability attorney in your area, see the list below.