When you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you may find you are initially denied. This is not an uncommon occurrence, but you may not be aware of what you need to do next. You do not have to give up on your application just because you were denied. You can appeal the decision and hope to convince the SSA to provide you with benefits. While you can do this on your own, you would benefit much more by involving an attorney. Here are some things you should know when you consider an attorney for your SSDI appeal:
Is an Attorney Necessary?
An attorney for SSDI appeals are necessary if you want an increased likelihood of an approval for your benefits. Although you could be successful without an attorney, the odds are more in your favor when you have legal muscle on your side.
Some people choose to hire an attorney right at the beginning of the application stage to help them navigate the process and make sure the necessary paperwork is submitted on time. Your attorney will make sure you properly list your impairments, the correct dates, and provide any required evidence. If you work with an attorney right away, you may not have to go through the appeals.
When Do You Definitely Need an Attorney?
If your application is denied, you definitely need an attorney to help you. If you receive a denial and you have not yet worked with an attorney, now is the time to call. Some people are mostly concerned about the legal fees when working with an attorney. Keep in mind that many attorneys will work with you on a contingency. This means they will not charge you legal fees unless you win your appeal. At that point, you may be able to make payments to your attorney.
You may also be able to find an attorney who will speak with you in a free consultation to help you determine whether or not you truly need legal help at your current stage in the application process.
If you are still thinking about whether or not you need an attorney to obtain your SSDI benefits, consider your current circumstances. If you have already submitted your application and you are still awaiting an initial decision, now is not the time to retain an attorney. At least wait until you have a decision on your first application before you pay retainer fees. You may be one of the lucky few who receive an approval upon your initial application. However, if you feel more comfortable with a legal professional assisting with your application, go forward with at least meeting with an attorney to see if he or she can benefit you in the long run.