Do I Need an Attorney for Social Security Disability Claims & Appeals?

Lawyers for Disability Claims in Washington, D.C.

If you are thinking about applying for federal disability benefits, you may be curious about whether you need an attorney for Social Security disability programs or whether you can simply apply on your own. While you are entitled to represent yourself during applications and appeals for Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you should know that the process is complex and that even small mistakes in paperwork can cause major delays.

At the Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, our experienced Rochester, NY attorneys can handle disability claims from the initial application through any appeals. To learn more about how we can help you with an application for SSD or SSI benefits, contact us today.

The Role of a Disability Attorney

You have the right to an attorney in the entire claims process, from initial application through court appeals, if they are necessary. While you will work with doctors, Social Security Administration (SSA) representatives and others throughout the application process, your lawyer plays a unique role as an advocate with a deep understanding of the law.

  • Representatives from the SSA work for the government. Information you provide to them is not confidential. If you give them inaccurate information, it could be used against you.
  • Your doctor’s role is to provide a medical opinion, not a legal opinion. While your physician may look out for your best interests, he or she may not know how to properly document your condition for a disability claim.
  • You are in the best position to know how your medical condition prevents you from working. However, you may not know how to explain your limitations to the government and you may not understand the laws and regulations that govern your application for benefits.

As lawyers, we understand the laws and rules for disability benefits. We know how to fill out paperwork promptly and completely to prevent delays. We will work with your doctor to provide evidence of your total disability, and we will talk to the SSA so that you do not have to.

We will build a case for you based on your situation, our knowledge of the law and our understanding of the preferences of the judge who will decide your case. If your claim is denied, our attorneys will review your case to determine whether an appeal is possible and provide you with guidance from beginning to end.

Contact the Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, Today

To learn more about how lawyers at the Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, can help you qualify for SSD or SSI, contact us today for a free consultation.

In the Rochester, NY area, arrange your free consultation at 877.236.7366 or contact us online. There are no attorney’s fees unless we win your case.