Written By: Ogle, Elrod & Baril
The Social Security disability claims process may feel like an eternity when you are unable to work and earn a living. The Social Security Administration works at their own pace and with an increasing number of Americans filing for disability, the process is continuing to increase. In most situations, an attorney cannot force the Administration to render a quicker decision or increase the speed of the process. However, an attorney can help you avoid common mistakes so that your claim is not unfairly denied.
Through our experience representing clients nationwide in their claims for Social Security disability benefits, The Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod and Baril, PLLC, has structured our practice to be centered around each individual client’s needs. We have a group of dedicated lawyers, case managers and staff to ensure that all of our clients obtain the best service possible.
The attorneys and staff at Ogle, Elrod and Baril, PLLC, will assist the Administration in gathering the necessary evidence to support your claim; keep you up-to-date with the latest status and information on your claim; make sure you are aware of important deadlines and appointments; submit information as needed to the examiner; attend your disability hearing and coach you through the process; and answer all your questions regarding the process and your claim. Our firm is structured so that we are able to help clients no matter if they are just beginning the process and need to apply for benefits or if they have been denied and need to appeal their decision. From start to finish our office is there to help our clients get the benefits they need.
You may qualify for Social Security disability benefits if you suffer from a physical or psychological disability that prevents you from maintaining gainful employment. However, the Social Security Administration has its own definition of disability that an individual must meet. The application process for Social Security disability benefits is lengthy and detailed-one mistake could lead to an unfair denial of benefits you deserve.
There are several mistakes an individual can make while applying for benefits and not even know it. The number one mistake made is not receiving the necessary documented medical evidence. Medical evidence is required to explain the severity of the condition as well as documented the inability of the patient to work. In addition, Claimants often fail to keep their examiner at the Administration apprised of their current condition, new information such as doctor’s appointments as well as follow up information. Other common mistakes include not keeping your disability examiner updated; failing to appeal your decision in a timely manner; not complying with the request of the Administration; having unrealistic expectations of the timeframe; and representing yourself at a hearing before the Administration Law Judge.
For help with your disability claim, or if you have additional questions, contact The Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod and Baril, PLLC at 865-546-1111. We represent clients in all 50 states. Our firm understands the financial pressure you are under and offer a Free Consultation. Additionally, you don’t pay us anything unless you receive your disability benefits.