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Do I Need an Attorney to Get My SSDI Benefits?

Crysti D. Farra Attorney at Law May 6, 2024

Social Security Disability Benefits Written on Note with PenHave you ever been so thoroughly prepared for something—we're talking extensive research, ahead-of-time planning, and spotless execution—only to have everything go awry? Maybe a family reunion is coming to mind. Or an overseas vacation. Or maybe just a simple trip to the grocery store.  

For anyone who's tried to navigate through the process of seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits on their own, I'm sure they can relate. Despite your best efforts, the process of applying for and receiving SSDI benefits can still be frustratingly complex and confusing. 

So while you may not technically need a lawyer to secure benefits, it sure is worth considering. Because no matter how pristine your application is, you could still be denied benefits without the right legal guidance.  

My name is Crysti D. Farra, and I've dedicated my legal career to assisting individuals in Long Beach, New York, and beyond, in securing the support they need through SSDI benefits. In this post, I'll walk you through the objective advantages of having an attorney by your side when pursuing your SSDI benefits. 

An Overview of the SSDI Application Process 

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is not as simple as it may seem.  

While the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides detailed instructions, the process is fraught with complexities and critical details that, if overlooked, can significantly impact your application's outcome. The preliminary application requires you to firmly understand the eligibility criteria, including proof that your disability severely prevents you from working. 

Many individuals opt to tackle their SSDI applications alone, believing they can manage the process independently. However, the sheer volume of information required can be overwhelming, leading to common pitfalls such as incomplete applications, insufficient medical evidence, and failure to meet strict deadlines.  

Leveraging Legal Expertise for a Smooth Application 

Hiring an attorney familiar with SSDI can provide invaluable support during the initial application process. I can help you gather the necessary medical documentation, submit a comprehensive and persuasive application, and ensure all procedural requirements are met.  

By enlisting my services, you're making the smart decision to leverage years of practical experience in dealing with the SSA and understanding what they are looking for in an applicant's file. 

The Many Advantages of Legal Representation 

Beyond mere convenience, the benefits of working with a Social Security lawyer extend to: 

Proactive Case Management and Strategy Development 

Lawyers have the skill set to identify potential roadblocks early, develop a sound legal strategy, and continuously update your application with further evidence as needed. We also anticipate the SSA's questions and prepare you for interviews and potential hearings. 

Effective Communication With the SSA 

The SSA often requires additional information or clarification during the application process. As your legal representative, I handle all communication with the agency. This includes fielding phone calls, drafting letters, and ensuring that the information provided is consistent and legally sound. 

Protecting Your Rights and Interests 

An attorney is a powerful advocate who safeguards your rights. If a problem arises with your application, I can address it promptly, which is particularly essential when dealing with deadlines or changes in your medical condition that could affect your eligibility. 

Maximizing Your Monetized Benefit Amount 

SSDI benefits are calculated based on a complex formula that takes into account your lifetime average earnings covered by Social Security. Working with an attorney ensures that every aspect of this calculation considers your unique circumstances and aims to secure the highest benefit amount possible. 

Your past earnings history and work record significantly influence your benefit amount. I can help ensure that this calculation is accurate, potentially increasing the amount you receive each month. This often involves reviewing and correcting your earnings record, a service that an experienced SSDI attorney can undertake with the help of financial experts. 

Cookie-cutter approaches don't work with SSDI benefits. Simply Googling how to increase your benefits may lead to misinformation that may have worked for someone in the past, but may not work for you.  

When you partner with me, I'll structure your application to reflect your specific needs, whether that involves establishing a date of entitlement that maximizes retroactive benefits or including dependents for additional assistance. By tailoring your claim, we increase the likelihood of a successful and financially advantageous outcome. 

Dealing With Denials and Appeals 

Unfortunately, getting your SSDI application denied is not uncommon. When this happens, an attorney becomes indispensable in guiding you through the appeals process. My experience in handling appeals gives you the advantage of legal insight and perspective that most applicants lack.  

Here are specific reasons you'll want an attorney's help when dealing with a denied claim: 

  • Understanding the Reasons for Denial: Denials are usually based on specific reasons, such as insufficient medical evidence, inconsistencies in your application, or a perceived lack of severity of your condition. As your lawyer, I'll work with you to understand why your claim may have been denied, addressing these issues directly with a well-prepared appeal. 

  • Crafting a Strong Appeal and Presenting Your Case: I'll also help you collect the necessary evidence—which may include gathering new medical records, obtaining expert medical opinions, or securing witness statements. 

  • Representation at Your Disability Hearing: If your appeal proceeds to a hearing before an administrative law judge, having an attorney by your side is crucial. I can cross-examine experts, present witness testimony, and argue the legal merits of your case to secure a positive outcome. 

Effective Legal Guidance for an Essential Benefit 

The question of whether to hire an attorney for your SSDI application is not one to take lightly. The application, communications with the SSA, benefits calculation, and the appeals process are all undeniably important and complex.  

A dedicated SSDI attorney not only simplifies these processes but also significantly improves your chances of securing the benefits you need and deserve. 

I encourage you, if you're considering applying for SSDI benefits, to reach out to me for a consultation. We can discuss the specifics of your case, and I can provide guidance on how to proceed.  

It's my goal to ensure that every eligible individual has the support they need through SSDI benefits. With the right legal assistance, this critical financial safety net can be within your reach, allowing you to focus on your health and well-being without added stress. Get in touch today, and let's start working on securing your future. 

Crysti D. Farra Attorney at Law is located in Long Beach, New York, and serves clients throughout Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Kings, Westchester, and the Bronx.