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Do I need a lawyer to file for SSDI?

While you technically can file for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) on your own, the process can be overwhelming and it’s easy to make mistakes. Working with an attorney will help give you the best chances of acceptance.

The tedious initial application

Over 60% of SSDI claims are denied during the initial application process. While you can appeal for reconsideration within 60 days, over 85% of those appeals are rejected. To give yourself the best chance of receiving the help you need, work with a professional. The language on the application can be complex and talking with the Social Security Administration can be challenging. Working with a lawyer will help ensure that your application is done correctly the first time.

Collecting compelling evidence

Evidence is really what can make or break your case. Your attorney will help you create a compelling argument and support it with the necessary evidence. They will help gather medical evidence and statements, review your records and sort through the mass amount of documents involved.

Pursuing your claim

Your disability attorney will handle communication with the SSA, meaning that they will be able to keep up with the ongoing application process and handle any roadblocks that may arise. If your initial claim is denied, they will also help you in submitting an appeal.

Representation at your hearings

Preparation for any legal hearing is essential. It’s difficult to do that properly when you don’t know what to expect. Your attorney will help you prep your statements and answers to questions. They will represent you in court and handle the questioning of any witnesses.

While it may seem like you can easily file your SSDI claim on your own, it’s so easy to make little mistakes that get your claim denied. Working with an attorney who knows the Social Security process will help increase your chances of getting the assistance you need.