Q Will I need an attorney to file for Social Security Disability benefits in New Jersey?
By the time you get to the point of applying for Social Security Disability (SSD), it can seem as though your entire life is riding on that claim being accepted. Knowing that a majority of SSD claims are initially rejected only ups the ante on your claim’s success, so many people want to hit the ground running by hiring an attorney to help with the initial application.
The important thing to remember, however, is that while an attorney will not hurt the odds of your claim being rejected, their presence in the initial process will not make much of a difference beyond ensuring that you have the proper documentation included with your application. An attorney will truly make a difference, however, if or when your claim is denied.
After a Denial, an Attorney Can Make All the Difference
Most people find themselves appealing their initial SSD denial, which is when an attorney will be able to better assist you. Reviewing your initial application and fixing important errors requires a knowledge of the process and requirements, and an attorney can help you ensure that you have amended any prior issues with your claim.
A time when it is absolutely in your best interest to hire an attorney is if your appeal is denied and you move to a reconsideration hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). These hearings require a large amount of preparation by someone experienced with SSD law and requirements. An attorney can help ensure both you and your case are thoroughly prepared for the best possible chance of success, and help you secure the benefits you so greatly need.
Hire a Disability Attorney When You Need Help
There is no set standard for when you need to hire a Social Security Disability attorney. If you are overwhelmed by the process or hit with complications right off the bat, seeking advice from an experienced New Jersey disability attorney can help you move confidently in the right direction with the information you need to succeed.
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