The Difficulty in Obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits


January 23, 2016

Obtaining disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA) is challenging for several reasons. Many applicants find the process unexpectedly complex and may become discouraged if they are denied the first go around. SSD applicants need to go into the process understanding that it will be difficult and they may experience rejection, but this does not mean they cannot ultimately prevail in their action.

The lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, help SSD applicants to navigate the benefits process and file appeals on behalf of those who have been denied. We understand how frustrating seeking SSD benefits can be and do all we can for each client.

Challenging Standards

The Social Security Administration's definition of disabled is onerous and can be hard for even severely ill or injured applicants to meet. To receive benefits, an applicant must establish that he or she has an illness or injury that prevents them from performing any substantial gainful activity. This will require a thorough understanding of the medical terminology and of your particular illness or injury. Applicants might have a difficult time showing that they cannot engage in any significant work, even outside of their current employment field. Work history, age, and education will also be a factor in determining eligibility and applicants will need to understand how they can use these considerations to their favor.

Many Applications Are Initially Denied

Statistically, a large number of initial applications for Social Security Disability benefits are denied. If your claim is denied, you must file a timely appeal in order to pursue the action further. Many SSD applicants become distraught upon receiving their initial denial and might give up on the process entirely. Other applicants are confused by the appeals process and instead attempt to re-file their application, which will generally be denied as well.

The Administrative Hearing is Daunting

After you wait some time for a disability hearing, you might find the prospect of proving your disability before a judge daunting. An experienced disability attorney will greatly assist in preparing for and conducting your administrative hearing. You may need to cross-examine a medical expert at the hearing, which most laypeople lack the legal training to effectively do. Your attorney can skillfully handle this task to help elicit crucial information concerning your disability. In addition, you will likely need to testify at the hearing. Your lawyer will be able to question you effectively to establish why you should be considered disabled per the SSA's definition. Having a disability lawyer on your side evens the playing field and reduces the stress involved in an administrative hearing.

Contact Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation!

If you need assistance applying for Social Security Disability benefits or filing your appeal, the Georgia Disability Lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law are here to help. We assist SSD applicants across Georgia and in the Southeast and are committed to providing zealous representation to each client. The sooner you seek help with your SSD matter, the greater your chances of obtaining full benefits. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Source:
https://www.ssa.gov/disabilityssi/


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