What can an attorney do to help my case?
- Gather evidence
- Analyze and review your claim in connection with Social Security regulations
- Contact your physician for assistance with your case
- Request consultative examinations
- Review the actions and decisions of the Social Security Administration
- Review prior applications and attempt to reopen the files
- Explain questions regarding the Sequential Evaluation Process
- Prepare you for your hearing in front of an administrative law judge
- Determine eligibility for benefits
- Make on-the-record requests
- Present evidence at an administrative hearing and cross-examine adverse witnesses
- Appeal case to all administrative levels and to federal court if necessary
When should I contact an attorney?
The sooner the better. Even prior to filing an application, an attorney can evaluate your case and address any questions or concerns you may have. Our knowledgeable staff can prepare your initial application and help you avoid pitfalls throughout the entire process. No matter what level your case is at, it is important to contact our attorneys as soon as possible so they can present the strongest possible case for you.
Is it true everyone gets denied the first time they apply?
No. While it is true the majority of applications are denied at the initial level, it is possible to win your case at this level. Even if you do not win your case at the initial level, it is important to carefully and correctly prepare your claim at this level. Our attorneys will assist you at the initial level to avoid damaging your case at the appeal levels.
What if I have already received a denial?
Contact our office immediately. There are important deadlines to file your appeal. We can review your decision and determine if we can be of assistance on appeal.