Part of what it means to be a successful member of society is having a job. Earning a living wage and taking care of yourself and your family is inherently American, and most people would agree that this is the yardstick by which to measure your success in life. Unfortunately, though, for many Americans, they are unable to achieve even this modest goal. Either through physical limitations or disabilities, or old age, millions of people cannot get and maintain employment. Fortunately for them, though, the Social Security Program exists.
For anyone suffering from a disability or on the verge of retirement, Social Security is a way to ensure that your livelihood stays intact and that your needs are met. But how do you navigate the structure of this system? What if your application is denied? What requirements must be fulfilled to receive benefits? If filing for Social Security seems like a daunting task, that’s because it very well can be. Many applications, sometimes as much as 60%, are denied initially. Thankfully, though, you have options available to you.
In Washington, D.C., finding an SSD lawyer isn’t too difficult. You can search online for a listing of Social Security offices and law offices that specialize in SSDI claims. However, be sure to thoroughly research and vet these lawyers before deciding. Because of the number of applications, and the high number of appeals, many law offices can be swamped with claimants. This isn’t to say that they are not satisfactory in their services, it just means that it can be difficult to find one who will dedicate the same amount of time to your case as you will. Nonetheless, don’t be discouraged if your lawyer isn’t able to spend as much face time with you as you’d like since most of the time these processes are more about paperwork than interaction.
If you’re unsure about whether or not to work with a lawyer, just know that using legal services improves your chance of an application getting approved by as much as 30%. If you try to file a claim yourself and get denied, the appeals process can be difficult and stressful. A lawyer will know what forms you need, what evidence you need, and what your particular judge will be looking for. This can save you time and also possibly afford you more benefits than you would get if you appealed by yourself.