Many people believe it’s difficult or nearly impossible to get Social Security disability (SSD) benefits. Although it’s true that most applications are initially denied, seeking the assistance of an attorney familiar with Social Security disability law can greatly increase your odds of securing the benefits you deserve.
How an Attorney Can Help
An SSD attorney can provide a number of helpful services for individuals seeking disability benefits. An attorney can:
- Help you avoid common mistakes such as applying for benefits too soon, filing a claim while working, or ignoring your doctor’s treatment recommendations for your disabling condition
- Determine your alleged onset date of disability
- Ensure your condition meets the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability
- Collect and submit relevant medical evidence
- Decide which facts are most persuasive in building your case for benefits
- Prepare you for the judge’s questions at your hearing
- Cross examine the vocational or medical expert
If applicable, an attorney can assist you in applying for both SSD and SSI (Supplemental Security Income) benefits.
When to Contact Alperin Law
Although you can seek legal representation at any stage of the SSD application process, it’s best to contact an attorney as soon as you are thinking about applying for benefits. Studies have indicated that applications are more likely to be approved in the initial stages when an attorney has reviewed the claim. Having someone who can make sure your application is prepared correctly saves you time and money in the long run.
If you’re unable to work, it’s reasonable to be worried about whether you can afford an attorney to assist you with your claim. However, SSD attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. There is no upfront charge for representation and no obligation associated with the consultation. Your attorney will accept a percentage of your awarded back pay as the fee for service.
At Alperin Law, we understand the vital role SSD benefits play for individuals who are unable to work. We’re committed to helping you receive the benefits you need and deserve.
Have You Or A Loved One Been Denied Social Security Disability Benefits?
If you or a loved on has been denied Social Security Disability Benefits you need to speak with an experienced SSD attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Virginia Beach office directly at 757.490.3500 to schedule your free consultation. We have offices throughout Virginia including Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk and Suffolk.