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April 11, 2021

If you are unable to work because of a medical condition, you may be eligible for disability benefits. The average claim take months to be approved — but having an experience disability lawyer by your side can move the process forward and influence a successful outcome. This blog post will discuss the benefits of hiring a disability lawyer. 

Social Security Disability Lawyer

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O.’s Social Security Disability team can help you secure needed benefits to support yourself. Chellsie Weber, our wildly successful and experienced disability lawyer, and Abby Reid, our wonderful and thorough disability paralegal, can offer support and advice as it pertains to your disability and the benefits approval process.  Remember, you’re more likely to have a successful disability claim with an attorney by your side. Call us today at 402-991-2100. You also can share your story here

Why Should I Consider Using A Disability Attorney?

Not all medical issues are disabling, and specific criteria must be met to qualify as disabled per the Social Security Administration (SSA) guidelines. The wording in the SSA guide is technical, and often, only those with medical or legal knowledge can fully grasp the details of the requirements for claim approval. A disability lawyer can review the details of a claim and see if the medical condition and supporting records meet the criteria of the SSA to be approved for disability benefits. After reviewing your records, an attorney will know if you need to undergo additional testing to have more supporting evidence, or if your records show that you meet the criteria for approval. 

The claim form for disability benefits is complex, and an attorney will be able to review your form or even complete it for you to make sure it is detailed, accurate, and truthful. The form can be a bit tricky to complete because it asks for detailed information regarding your income, your medical history, and other details, so you want to make sure it is done properly. It is of utmost importance that the form is completed right, so your odds of your claim being approved are better. 

Your attorney will also be able to easily and quickly update the SSA regarding any changes to your medical records. The SSA must stay current on any medical issues, so they require regular updates on the status of your medical issues before, during, and after the application process. Disability lawyers are very knowledgeable regarding the process and can make sure everything remains organized and is handled in a timely manner. Your disability lawyer can also communicate with your physician regarding your condition and the prognosis. 

Going To A Hearing

Many disability claims are denied during the initial review and are also denied during the reconsideration phase. If this happens, you will need to request a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). An attorney can represent you at the hearing and, also, help you prepare for your questioning before the judge during the hearing. This plays an important role in the approval of your disability claim. You wouldn’t want to go to court without representation, and a disability hearing is pretty much the same. 

Better Chance Of Being Approved

Surveys have shown that having legal representation during your disability claim is very beneficial. One survey showed that individuals who were represented by a disability lawyer were twice as likely to be awarded disability benefits. When you enlist the help of an attorney, you do not have to pay anything upfront. Instead, disability lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means that your attorney is not paid until you win your case and receive disability benefits. 

If you are ready to apply for disability benefits, or if you have started the process and your claim has been denied, contact the offices of Watson and Carroll, P.C., L.L.O. today to get a case review. 

 About Watson & Carroll 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., is not a high-volume law firm that only speaks with clients when it is absolutely necessary. For us, it’s personal. Our team works closely with our clients and their loved ones – not only so that we understand their challenges and concerns, but so we can tailor our approach to address those factors, aggressively pursue results, and secure peace of mind. Whether it is a workers’ compensation case, a personal injury claim, a medical malpractice case, or advocating for disability benefits, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld. 

Our firm can help. Call 402-991-2100 or email contact@watsoncarroll.com. You also can fill out our confidential contact form

 

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