Many people mistakenly believe the saying that “no one gets approved for their benefits the first time they apply”. Such a statement is an exaggeration, although there is a high chance that a first-time application can get rejected. For example, in 2005 alone, 64% of first-time claimers failed in their initial bid; however, with the help of an experienced Parkersburg, WV social security disability lawyer like those from Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, you can buck this trend.
A common mistake of many people claiming Social Security disability benefits is that they go into the local field office or apply online with little to no preparation. If you want to get approved the first time around, you have two options: you can either bone up on all the information available on the claim process, or you can choose the simpler and often smarter choice—hiring a social security disability attorney in Parkersburg, WV.
If you really need your social security claim to be approved as quickly as possible, taking your time to learn the ins-and-outs of the claims process may not be the best choice. With a lawyer on your side, you’ll have several advantages. First, they can guide you in filling out your application so that it clearly shows to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you meet one of their listed disabilities or that you are obviously not able to work. Second, a lawyer would be able to meet with your doctors and get your medical records so that you have legal proof of your disability. Third, lawyers know how to ask for help from doctors to make your case clear to the SSA like having the doctors use specific terminology that the SSA are looking for. Finally, lawyers can alert the SSA if you are suffering from a terminal illness. Claimants with life-threatening conditions like cancer are often given expedited treatment, putting their claim higher in priority.
An attorney will also provide assistance in preparing for your Social Security interview. When you apply for your claim, the local Social Security office will often setup an interview date, either in person or via the phone as part of confirming your disability. A claims interviewer will be asking questions about your work, your condition, and your life to evaluate whether you deserve the benefits. Your lawyer will know what the likely questions are and prepare you for them. After the interview, your case is often evaluated. If you and your lawyer have done your jobs well, your approval will be in the bag; if it does get denied, no need to worry because your attorney is also there to help with the appeal.
(Source: Getting Social Security Disability Benefits on the First Try, HCV Advocate, September 2006)