If you are living with a disability and would like to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance, then you probably already know that it can be difficult to get this compensation. You’ve worked and meet the qualifications, but even so, the Social Security Administration often rejects the applications of people who deserve the benefits that they are seeking.
It is legal to have an attorney fill out a Social Security Disability Insurance application on your behalf, and it’s not a bad idea to think about applying in this way. Why? Attorneys are trained to help people with SSDI claims as well as rejections of claims. If you work with someone who is familiar with SSDI, then you’ll already be on a better path to avoiding simple errors that could lead to a denial.
Mistakes on your application could be frustrating
The SSA scrutinizes applications for SSDI benefits because there is always a chance that someone could be applying fraudulently. That being said, the SSA does make mistakes, and because of how picky it is, many claims are denied when they should have been approved.
Whether or not you seek help from an attorney is your choice, but working with one could help you avoid simple mistakes that would result in a denial. For example, something as simple as omitting a medical document, even if accidental, could lead to a denial and need to appeal.
A denial is possible, but you could overcome it
It is possible to overcome a denial of your application, and it is easier to do so when you work with someone who is familiar with denials and what the Social Security Administration will need to go ahead and approve your claim.
Appeals aren’t always simple, and you may need to appear before an administrative law judge at a hearing, so knowing that you have support when you do this is beneficial. In fact, a study by the Federal Government Accountability Office in 2017 found that those with legal representation were close to three times more likely to have their denial overturned at a hearing. With that in mind, you may want to consider learning more about what it takes to overturn an appeal, so you know what to expect.