The questions in your head and the ones you voice seem endless. Your medical ailment prevents you from working, and you understand that you have few options to provide for your family. After initial research, you realize that the obvious option is to seek Social Security disability (SSD) benefits because you know that you will not be able to work for at least a year or maybe even forever.
While the little research you did provided some enlightenment, it also caused confusion. The questions do not cease, and you want answers and guidance from someone who can provide simpler explanations to complicated scenarios. This is why you need an experienced attorney who understands the Social Security Administration (SSA) system and SSD benefits.
Guide you in application, represent you in appeal
How can an attorney help you when seeking SSD benefits? An attorney can help you set your expectations by explaining the process and providing guidance in many ways that include:
- Helping you understand whether your ailment qualifies you for SSD benefits. The list is long and includes arthritis, back pain, visual disorders, asthma, heart failure, high blood pressure and mental disorders.
- Assisting you in the application, which may include a number of documents as well as the submission of medical records.
- Informing you about how much money to expect in monthly payments. U.S. workers received an average of nearly $1,258 per month in 2019, according to the SSA.
- Guiding you through the appeals process if your application is denied. Remember, nearly two-thirds of applicants are initially denied SSA benefits.
- Understanding the importance of patience. Why? Because it may take a few months before you even see that first benefit payment. Once you file, it takes the government up to five months to review your case and decide. If the SSA determines you qualify, you must continue to wait. The government will not provide payments until it has been determined that an applicant has been disabled for five consecutive months.
A skilled attorney provides the answers you need, advocating for you at every step. It is important to have a legal ally in your corne