You are not required to be represented when you file a claim for Social Security and/or SSI (Supplemental Security Income) disability benefits. You can proceed through the disability benefit application process on your own or even “represented” by a friend or relative. However, retaining an experienced Social Security / SSI disability lawyer to represent you can be extremely beneficial in the following ways:
1) An experienced Social Security disability lawyer in Philadelphia such as those at the law firm of Cohen, Fluhr & González, P.C. will analyze your Social Security / SSI disability claim to help you present the best argument under the facts your particular claim and Social Security disability law and regulations. “Disability” is actually a legal term.
There are many types of disability programs, for example, VA, Worker’s Compensation (Worker’s Comp), Disability Insurance from a private insurer, etc., and they all have different rules. Although the definition of “disability” under the Social Security Act is only one sentence long, there is an entire volume of federal regulations interpreting and explaining what the Social Security Administration means by “disability” and the procedural and other technical requirements involved in making a disability claim. In addition, there are Social Security Rulings and Operating instructions along with thousands of court cases interpreting just about every aspect of the law.
2) The Social Security disability lawyers and the staff at Cohen, Fluhr & González, P.C. will help to gather the medical evidence necessary to prove your Social Security / SSI disability claim. Many people think that a letter from their doctor saying they can’t work is sufficient. That is absolutely not the case. Doctors’ letters must address specific issues and must be accompanied by supporting medical records. The Social Security Administration will tell you that they will help you obtain your records, but in our experience, many cases are denied because they did not completely follow through.
3) The Social Security / SSI disability lawyers and staff at the law firm of Cohen, Fluhr & González, P.C. will help you to electronically file documents and medical evidence for your Social Security / SSI disability claim and any necessary appeals with the Social Security Administration. They will also monitor your claim with the Social Security Administration to make sure it stays on track.
4) If it is necessary for you to appear at a hearing before a Social Security Administrative Law Judge, you will have an experienced Social Security / SSI disability lawyer at your side to ensure that the record in support of your claim is complete and up to date, to help you present your testimony to the Judge and to cross-examine any expert witnesses called by the Social Security Administration. In the event any further appeals are necessary, you will have an experienced disability lawyer to present written arguments (briefs) in support of your claim to the Appeals Council of the Social Security Administration and to the Federal Court.
5) The Social Security / SSI disability lawyers at Cohen, Fluhr, González, P.C. do not charge you any fee until your disability claim is decided in your favor. Attorney fees must be approved by the Social Security Administration.
Call today to make an appointment to speak with a Social Security / SSI disability attorney at Cohen, Fluhr, González, P.C. at (215) 854-0060.