The Social Security Administration aids those who demonstrate they are disabled by providing medical and other forms of evidence that are evaluated by Social Security representatives. There are specific evidentiary and procedural requirements for each type of impairment, all of which must be considered severe enough to prevent an individual from working for at least one year. Applicants often have a difficult time meeting the SSA’s numerous stringent requirements and most initial applications are denied. There are many benefits to hiring an experienced Social Security disability lawyer, which may ultimately lead to increased chances of your claim being approved, whether initially or on appeal.
A SSD Lawyer Knows What It Takes to Make a Successful Claim
It is not required to hire legal help when applying for disability benefits or appealing a denied claim. However, having an experienced SSD lawyer on your side can be extremely helpful in evaluating the merits of your claim, complying with SSA requirements, and navigating the complex process of applying for disability. Moreover, at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, we have established relationships with agency employees as well as thorough knowledge of SSA policy and an understanding of what SSA representatives are looking for.
According to the SSA, from 2001 to 2010, over half of all disability claims were denied. Many of these denials were not based on merit, but rather technical details. SSD lawyers deal with disability claims daily and know what it takes to make a successful claim. If you are considering filing for disability we can provide you with a consultation and evaluate your claim so you can make an informed decision.
If you decide to proceed with your claim, a skilled lawyer can make sure that all required reports, records, and other information are properly submitted, so your claim is not denied based on a technicality. If your initial application is denied, we can help you correct what was missing or inadequate so that you have a better chance of approval upon appeal. If your reconsideration appeal was denied, you may have a hearing in front of an administrative judge. Your lawyer will be able to ensure that you have all necessary documentation, prepare you for questions that may be asked by the judge, and cross-examine the SSA’s vocational expert.
Should You Hire a Non-Lawyer Representative, a General Practice Lawyer, or a SSD Lawyer?
If you have decided to obtain representation for your SSD claim, there are several options. You may hire a non-lawyer representative, a general practice lawyer, or a SSD lawyer. Non-lawyer representatives are not required to obtain a Juris Doctor degree and pass a state bar; therefore they may not appeal your claim to federal district court. General practice lawyers have obtained a Juris Doctor degree and passed a state bar, but they focus on several areas of law and may not have the experience necessary to successfully handle disability claims.
A SSD lawyer has a Juris Doctor degree, admittance to a state bar, and specific experience handling disability claims. They are also bound by rules of ethics and professional responsibility that non-lawyers are not, such as attorney-client privilege. Additionally, our legal team has extensive education, experience, and professionalism. All representatives are paid the same federally regulated fees by the SSA from your benefits only if you win your claim.
Baltimore Social Security Disability Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Help Clients with Disability Claims
Whether you are considering applying for disability, your application has been denied, or you have an upcoming administrative hearing, a Baltimore Social Security disability lawyer at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton can help. We represent clients throughout Maryland from our offices located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson. To schedule a free confidential consultation, call 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.