If you’ve decided to file for Social Security, you should consider hiring a social security lawyer. Applicants might think of lawyers as synonymous with high costs, but this isn’t the case. Social security lawyers don’t have fees higher than that of the maximum that Social Security allows.
Still, if you’re on the fence, here are three important reasons why hiring a lawyer is the best option.
1) Better chance of approval: Most social security applications are initially denied, according to the Social Security Administration. Between 2001 to 2010, an average of 53 percent of applications didn’t make the cut. Only 28 percent were awarded at the initial claims level. In 2010 alone, 31 percent of overall applications (about 878,000) were denied due to technicalities. Having a social security lawyer improves the chances of being accepted, eliminating the risk of any technical mishaps in the process.
2.) An experienced social security lawyer has successfully processed many of these applications, and knows the way around. Aside from having experience with the application and appeals process, these specialized lawyers have already developed relationships with agency employees and judges that conduct hearings. There is a lot to process that may confuse the applicant: for example, if a claim is denied, there are several different, lengthy forms to fill out. If the applicant has started work since the initial application, there are even more applications to fill out different time frames in place for each. A social security lawyer can stay on top of it for you.
In a 2012, an annual report of the SSI program stated that third party representatives could essentially do wonders for the application process: “In an effort to prevent unnecessary delays and reduce the time SSI claimants must wait for benefits, these third party representatives will often take additional steps to provide as much medical information as possible….The representative often plays the role of expeditor, following up with physicians, clinics and hospitals to obtain evidence or ensure that files are sent to the examiner.”
3) You’ve got a team behind you. When you hire a social security lawyer, you have more than just a single person. You have a crew working around the clock to make sure everything is moving along quickly and efficiently, from partner attorneys to administrative assistants.
If you have any questions about how The Clardy Law Firm can help you with social security lawyers, don’t hesitate to contact us.