Why Use A Social Security Disability Lawyer

Why do I need a lawyer for my Social Security claim?

Applying for disability benefits is easy. First, talk to your doctors. Make sure they support your application for Social Security Disability and to note this in their file. You can then apply, in person, at your local Social Security office or online at www.SSA.gov. In fact, we recommend you file your initial application yourself, to avoid paying an attorney fee.

If your initial application is rejected by Social Security, you have 60 days to request a hearing. Most applications are denied by Social Security because the claimant failed to prove their claim during the initial application process. You will need a lawyer at the hearing to present evidence and testimony in support of your claim. Without an attorney, the odds are not in your favor that you will be able to meet your burden of proof before the Judge.

There are three general areas that an attorney can help you with when appealing your claim.

  • Present your testimony to the judge to explain why you can’t work.
  • Obtain evidence from your doctors to explain why you can’t work.
  • Cross-examine Social Security’s vocational expert to show the judge that there are no jobs that you can perform.

If your initial application is rejected by Social Security, call 267-812-5870 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting with attorney Robert L. Cullen immediately for representation and to discuss filing a timely appeal. We only get paid if we collect benefits for you.