Why Hire a Lawyer for a New Jersey Social Security Disability Claim?
Helping Injured Individuals Receive the Benefits They Need
Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be very complex. Because of this, it may be wise to hire a lawyer who understands the process and can help you provide the correct and relevant information to the Social Security Administration. Having a Social Security Disability attorney on your side can provide many benefits and prevent you from making mistakes.
Benefits of hiring a lawyer for Social Security Disability benefits application include, but are not limited to the following:
- Avoid missteps – Because you have to provide the correct paperwork and make sure everything is accurate, you’ll want to have someone who can help you double check everything and avoid any inaccuracies in your documents.
- Gather the necessary information – The Social Security Administration will want to know about your injury, your job description, past earnings, physical limitations and any medical records you may have proving that you are unable to perform the same tasks you once did.
- Prepare for an appeal – A large majority of initial Social Security Disability applications are denied. Having an attorney can prepare you for the possible appeal process in front of the administrative law judge.
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Legal Counsel During the Appeal Process
After an individual goes through the reconsideration appeal process, they may be able to have their case heard by an administrative law judge. The rate of approval for initial Social Security Disability applications in New Jersey is 43.5%. If the case reaches the ALJ, the chance of approval goes up to roughly 60%. This is a time when you provide all of the paperwork again, any changes in your medical record from the initial application process, and any other related information. An attorney can be present with you at this hearing to help prove the disability.
All denied applications must be appealed within 60 days of the denial notice. After denial of an initial application, the first appeal is called “reconsideration,” which is a second review of the initial application. Approximately 82.7% of reconsideration filings are denied. Following reconsideration is a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”). The ALJ has the option of awarding a fully favorable or partially favorable decision based on the medical evidence provided. This is evidence that the claimant should provide because the Social Security Administration does not assist in gathering medical records at this level. This is something a lawyer can help you get together.
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While it is not necessary to hire a lawyer when applying for Social Security Disability, going at it alone could prove to be a big mistake. You may miss out on a certain deadline or not provide the right records for the hearing. This can result in you being denied benefits completely.
At Levinson Axelrod, P.A., our New Jersey attorney team has the experience necessary to guide you through the entire application process. We know what Social Security Disability benefits can do to help our clients and how it can help their future. It is our goal to take care of you and your family.
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