The answer to that question is no. It is possible to apply for and receive Social Security Disability benefits without the help of a lawyer. However, there are many benefits to having an experienced lawyer represent you during the application and processes, including:
Being represented increases your chances of being approved for benefits. An experienced Social Security Disability lawyers knows what the Social Security Administration is looking for in initial applications and appeals, and is able to strengthen your case accordingly.
Your lawyer makes sure your claim is filed right the first time. An astounding 70 percent of SSD applications are initially denied, often due to preventable errors. Working with a lawyer can make sure that all of the necessary bases are covered so that you can avoid having to file a lengthy appeal.
Your lawyer can improve the medical evidence in your case. One of the main reasons claims are denied is because they lack sufficient evidence to prove that you are disabled. An experienced lawyer knows how to dig up the necessary evidence to prove that you are, in fact, eligible for benefits.
If your claim has already been denied, a lawyer can make sure your appeal is filed properly. Michigan is one of only a few states with no “reconsideration” step following a denial of benefits. For that reason, a timely appeal is all the more important after you have been denied benefits.
Your lawyer can help you prepare for your appeal hearing. At an appeal hearing, you get the opportunity to convince an administrative law judge that you deserve benefits. Therefore, the stakes are quite high and you want to be as prepared as possible.
Your lawyer can attend the appeal hearing with you. The appeal hearing is informal, but it can still be a very nerve-racking process, especially for people who suffer from mental and physical disabilities. Having an advocate in your corner can make all of the difference in easing your anxiety.
While not required, an experienced attorney can be crucial to the success of your disability claim. Additionally, you may be able to be represented by a lawyer without ever having to leave your home. For more information, visit our page on What We Can Do For You.