Should I Hire an Attorney to Help Me With My Social Security Claim?
The short answer is that you do not need an attorney to apply for benefits, but if they are initially denied you should immediately consult with an attorney.
The Social Security Administration has made it relatively easy to apply for social security disability benefits through online applications and phone assistance. No attorney is needed for this initial step. Unfortunately, around 80% of applications are denied.
If your benefits are denied, the process becomes infinitely more difficult. The appeals process involves deadlines and a hearing in front of a Judge. It is much more like Court. There are rules of evidence that must be followed. The Judge will be looking for you to provide the correct type of proof for the five step-analysis involved in reaching a determination of benefits eligibility. The proof you must produce is very specific. For example, you will need objective test results in addition to your doctor’s opinion regarding your disability. Hiring a Pennsylvania attorney will help you to navigate this process. If you hire our law firm, we will help you to:
· Gather and prepare evidence
· Meet deadlines
· Prepare for your appeal hearing
· Retrieve medical records and communicate with your physician
· Construct the best and strongest case possible
The complicated legal process involved in filing for an appeal for your social security disability benefits can be intimidating and overwhelming. If your social security disability benefits have been denied or terminated, call Ross & Ross at (814) 274 – 8612 to let our experienced attorneys handle your claim and fight for the benefits you have earned.
From offices in Coudersport, Potter County, Pennsylvania, the attorneys at Ross and Ross, LLC serve the personal injury, bankruptcy, social security disability, divorce and family law needs of Western, Northwestern, Central and North Central Pennsylvania including the communities of Coudersport, Galeton, Shinglehouse, West Branch, Smethport, Port Allegany, Bradford, Roulette, and Wellsboro, as well as Potter County, McKean County, Tioga County, Cameron County, Bradford County and other areas of Western PA and Central PA.
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