Being injured at work is discouraging and often scary, especially if you aren’t sure what steps to take next. Workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability law are two programs that are potentially available to protect you if you are disabled from work as the result of an on the job or because of illness or disability unassociated with work – but you need to know what to do, how to do it, and when in the process each step makes sense. To make disability law more clear, when you have been injured at work, talk to a workers’ compensation lawyer or a disability attorney to know how to make these programs and systems work for you.
While a workers’ compensation lawyer or a disability attorney can talk to you about the specifics of your case and how it will be affected by the workers’ compensation and disability laws, there are some steps that every person who has been injured at work should take.
For Social Security Disability benefits you must apply for disability benefits, either online, by phone, or in person at a local field office. Your application will be sent to Disability Determination Services, an agency which determines if you are medically disabled under disability law. At this point, your application may be denied by the Social Security Administration, which opens up another process.
An application that has been denied can be appealed under disability law. From reconsideration to a hearing, or appeals council or federal court, your Social Security disability attorney can assist you in appealing your case and hopefully obtaining a good result.
Being disabled from work should not mean that you are stuck with bills piling up, unable to return to work and make the money you need to survive. Disability law exists to give you a way to continue to have income regardless of your injury. It is unfortunate that it can be so complicated and discouraging to access these funds, but that is exactly where a disability attorney can help.
A disability attorney will help you find all of the right documentation and evidence to prove that you are disabled from work, making it less likely that you will need to appeal the initial decision. He or she can work with your doctors and other healthcare practitioners to prove your disability, and that you were injured at work and are thus entitled to benefits.
A disability attorney should be very experienced and knowledgeable in the field of disability law, so that you do not have to muddle through the process on your own. Get help from a law firm with lawyers with lots of experience in Social Security Disability law, such as the lawyers at Schiffman Law Office, P.C., P.C and the rest should go smoothly!
Schiffman Law Office, P.C. also has State Bar of Arizona Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation available to help you on your workers’ compensation claim. Put their years of experience to work for you.