If you, your child, or your spouse are disabled, you may qualify for Social Security supplemental income, Social Security disability insurance, or both. You need to apply to the Social Security Administration for the program, and they will look through your application and decide whether or not you qualify. If they turn you down, you can appeal the decision and try to get your case approved. The process can be long and drawn out, generally taking a few months. It can stretch out even more if you have to appeal the process. All of that can be hard on you. One way to cut down the time it takes is to find an attorney specializing in this type of law. What can an attorney do to help you?
One thing they can do to help you is to help you start the appeal process. Many people feel discouraged when they get an appeal and stop trying because it can seem like there is so much they have to do to appeal the SSA's decision. An attorney can help you understand the process and what the SSA is looking for. They can help you word your appeal so that you are more likely to get approval on your appeal.
Original Application Process
You don't have to wait until your case is rejected and you are appealing to get an attorney. You can get one who can help you with the application. This can be a good idea because the attorney can help you send in an application that is more likely to get approved the first time. When you apply for SSI or SSDI, you must send supporting evidence for your claim. That evidence should include your medical records showing how your issue affects your life and what limitations you have on your life. You will also have to send in information from friends and/or family about your limitations and abilities. Your attorney can help you gather all that documentation and put it together in a way that will help your case the most. Your attorney can also help you make sure you get all the necessary documentation and that it is filled out correctly.
If you, your spouse, or your child have a disability, you may have issues with being able to work or having enough money to live on. You can apply for SSI or SSDI to see if you qualify. An attorney specializing in this kind of law can help you with the application.
For more information, contact a Social Security law firm near you.