Do I need an attorney to submit my application for SSDI?

Many people are under the false impression that filing for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is as easy as filling out a few simple forms—unfortunately, this is not the case. Just the preliminary application process alone requires you to disclose extensive personal information and medical records. Because such a large amount of materials are necessary to submit your application, it is easy to make mistakes that can compromise your ability to receive benefits. Although you are not required to hire an attorney to help fill out your SSDI application, retaining the services of a professional could help you avoid these potential errors and maximize your Social Security benefits.

Why It Is Important to Work With an Attorney

Hiring an experienced attorney before submitting an initial application is crucial to making sure it will be accepted. 60 percent of applications are initially denied by the Social Security Administration and are forced to go through an appeals process. A skilled SSDI lawyer will be familiar with the application process, common mistakes, and the rules that determine eligibility and can help avoid an unnecessary rejection. Because any misrepresentations or errors may follow an application throughout the process, it is crucial to enlist the help of an attorney early on.

If an application is forced to go through an appeals process, an attorney can help navigate the process. The process can be intimidating, but a lawyer can also help recruit expert witnesses to advocate on the applicant’s behalf during your appeals. They can prepare the person for the questions they may be asked at an appeal hearing and make sure the applicant has enough evidence for a successful case.

Affording an SSDI Lawyer

Although the cost of hiring an attorney is a common reason people avoid seeking legal help, the Social Security Administration mandates that an SSDI attorney can only be paid if an applicant wins their case and receives benefits. No more than $6,000 or 25 percent of a person’s back pay can be charged, and these fees will be withdrawn directly from the award and distributed to a lawyer by the court to avoid complications or additional charges.

The skilled SSDI lawyers at Disparti Law Group work tirelessly to secure benefits for our clients. An attorney can help those applying for SSDI. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

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