Social Security help people in a number of ways including monthly payments to those that are retired and paid into the system as well as providing financial benefits to qualified applicants who can prove they are physically or mentally disabled and unable to work for at least one year.
Rarely are there any problems with applying for, or being approved for, retirement benefits; unfortunately the same cannot be said when the individual is claiming disability benefits. The majority of claimants for disability has their claims denied and find themselves faced with the appeals process.
Although the first stage of the appeals process is to simply request that your initial claim be reconsidered, rarely does this result in approval, the greatest majority of claims go to a hearing that is held in the presence of an ALJ, Administrative Law Judge. It is at this stage when having a Social Security attorney in Evanston beside you can help considerably. Although having an attorney does not guarantee that there will be an award of benefits, it certainly does mean that the case will be developed properly and supported by meaningful data.
Can a claimant win without legal assistance?
The short answer to this question is yes! It can and does happen but it is rare. Like everything that has to do with the Federal Government, applying for disability or appealing a denial of benefits is fraught with potential problems. The information that is required is often difficult to come up with, as such; the chances of winning a claim are not good.
The risk of attempting to win without a Social Security attorney in Evanston when your future is at stake is simply not worth it. Knowing that the legal fee is limited to $6,000 and it is paid out of your initial back pay, it makes little or no sense to even consider going into a hearing without a skilled attorney at your side.
If you are disabled and unable to work for at least a year you can claim disability benefits. With the denial rate being as high as it is, you should hire an experienced Social Security attorney in Evanston to help with your appeal. You are invited to contact The Law Offices of Rabin, Kodner & Brown.