If you are denied Social Security Disability or SSI benefits your first step is to request an appeal. If you are in this situation, seriously consider the benefits of acquiring legal help from an experienced social security disability attorney in Phoenix AZ.
Requesting an appeal must be done within 60 days of the date of receipt of the denial and this can be done without legal help from a social security disability lawyer. We can help file the appeal in a timely manner. As social security disability attorneys in Phoenix AZ, we know that many disability claimants give up on the appeal process, file their appeal too late or file an entirely new claim. In all these situations, the result is inevitably the loss of appeal rights, meaning that they must begin the process again with a new Social Security Disability or SSI application.
While an attorney cannot speed up the appeal process, the attorney can increase your chances of winning your claim. An experienced social security disability lawyer has the expertise to see the weaknesses and strength of any disability claim and will know the best way to proceed and what evidence to develop.
A social security disability lawyer can help explain the claim process and assist you in filing your appeal paperwork. If an individual is denied, an attorney will advise the client to appeal, if there is a valid basis, rather than file a new disability claim. In most cases, if a person’s disability claim is denied, the decision is not going to change if they just file another disability claim.
Once a social security disability lawyer is representing you, he or she will monitor the claim and will receive copies of all further paperwork regarding the claim. If necessary, he or she will request your latest medical records. Legal help is particularly useful if medical records are incomplete, inconsistent or if there are gaps in treatment history. The attorney will also know when it is best to obtain updated records.
In order to facilitate your claim, a social security disability attorney will also obtain written reports from your physicians regarding your ability to work, they will work with you so you are prepared for your hearing and the attorney will use her or his expertise to personally represent you at the hearing. This includes cross-examining the Social Security Administration consultants or Vocational Expert that appear at the hearing.
He or she will also evaluate the necessity of potential witness testimony, make the most of personal knowledge of the Administrative Law Judge and may even be able to avoid a hearing altogether.
For over forty years, Alan Schiffman of Schiffman Law Office, P.C., has been helping Arizona residents navigate the social security disability claims process. Anna Schiffman has handled these claims for more than 5 years. If you or someone you know has been denied Social Security Disability in Arizona, contact us today. Put our experience to work for you.