A Social Security disability lawyer can assist you with your disability or SSI claim. Here are five ways an experienced disability lawyer can help:
1. Develop a winning theory of your case.
The most important task for a lawyer is to develop a winning theory for your claim. This should be done as early as possible in the claim process. Based upon your age, your education, your impairments, your work history and the Social Security disability evaluation process, we will seek the legal path that leads to an award of benefits.
2. Obtain the necessary evidence.
The key to winning a Social Security disability claim is proper development and presentation of medical evidence showing disability. We will work to develop the claim, and to obtain the medical evidence necessary to support your claim. In particular, we will strive to obtain opinions from your medical providers regarding your functional limitations.
We can help the Administrative Law Judge to understand your impairments, and why they prevent you from working.
3. Keep your claim moving.
We will file your appeals, and help you complete Social Security’s forms. We will obtain your doctors’ treatment records, and will seek reports and opinions from your doctors concerning your medical condition, symptoms and functional limitations.
4. Represent you at the hearing and in federal court.
We can assist you with each stage of your claim. We can help you with your initial claim, or with an appeal of a denied claim. We will represent you at the administrative hearing.
Prior to your hearing, I will explain the issues that are important to your claim, and will prepare you for your hearing testimony. I will prepare you for the questions that your specific judge is likely to ask. Since I limit my practice to Maine and New Hampshire, I see the same judges year after year, and each judge conducts a hearing a little bit differently.
When necessary, we can appeal your claim to the Appeals Council and to U.S. District Court.
5. Ensure that you are paid correctly.
If your claim is approved, we will ensure that you are paid correctly.