Each year, thousands of Americans apply for Social Security disability benefits. Of those who applied for benefits between 2007 and 2016, only about one-third were awarded benefits (SSA Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program 2017). You may be thinking about applying for Social Security disability benefits and feeling overwhelmed, or perhaps you are already months or years into the process and losing hope.
Don’t Give Up
As an attorney who has been in practice for over 30 years, Phillip Hendry has seen that most people make two key mistakes when applying for Social Security disability benefits.
First, and most importantly, DO NOT GIVE UP! This process is more like a marathon than a sprint. The key is filing timely appeals, getting medical treatment, and sticking with it.
Secondly, seriously consider hiring an experienced Social Security disability attorney to assist you with your disability claim. A recent government study found that persons who use a representative, such as an attorney, are 3x more likely to be awarded benefits. (United States Government Accountability Office – Study GAO-18-37, December 7, 2017).
Applying for Social Security Disability
When you first apply for Social Security disability, you must fill out a Disability Report and a Work History Report. These documents must be filled out entirely and accurately for your case to have the highest probability of acceptance.
Phillip M. Hendry Law has the experience and insight to ensure that you have done everything in your power to receive the benefits you deserve. Before you apply, call us to schedule a free consultation with our firm.
What to Do If Your Social Security Claim Has Been Denied
Many individuals are found disabled upon their first application. However, some cases may be denied. If your claim has been denied, you may still be able to get the benefits you deserve through the appeal process.
When appealing your denied case, it is essential to remember the following things:
- Learn the difference between a reconsideration and hearing appeal
- Comply with the strict deadlines
- Get a detailed opinion from your physician about your limitations
- Have current medical records ready
- Be prepared to explain any medical inconsistencies
- Contact our office for help with appealing your claim
- Hire an experienced Social Security disability attorney to analyze your case file
- Develop a winning case theory
- If your appeal is scheduled for a hearing, prepare your descriptive testimony
Choose an Experienced Attorney
Disability lawyers are asked this question a lot: “Am I disabled enough to qualify for benefits from the Social Security Administration?” Unfortunately, this is a hard question to answer directly because a lot of individual information is needed—the severity of impairment, medical findings, symptoms, details of past work, whether you can read and write English, and more.
Phillip M. Hendry Law can examine the specific details of your case to see if you qualify for disability benefits and will stay by your side throughout your claim. We help clients across Louisiana, East Texas, and Southwest Arkansas get the Social Security disability benefits they need. Complete our online contact form or give us a call at (318) 553-5900 today.