The Social Security system can be rather complex. The Social Security Administration makes everything available to you to file for benefits on your own.
But that does not mean it is easy. You may find securing legal assistance is beneficial to helping you get benefits.
An attorney can assist you with the initial filing of your Social Security Disability benefits application. You need to be sure that you include all information and documentation to avoid having the SSA ask for additional items or denying your application for missing something. An attorney can review your file and ensure you have included everything needed.
The lawyer can also advise you of your rights concerning collecting benefits. To qualify, you have to meet strict guidelines. While the attorney cannot tell you for sure that you will qualify, he or she can advise you on how well you meet the qualifications.
If the SSA denies your benefits, you may wish to appeal. An attorney can help you with this process. He or she can go over the denial to see what may have gone wrong with your application and led to the decision. Your lawyer can then prepare your appeal and assist you throughout the process.
Having an attorney is not mandatory when applying for SSDI benefits, but having someone on your side throughout the process can reduce the stress of applying. In addition, it is nice to have someone who understands the law and is able to advise you about your case if you receive a denial, which is quite common.