Why You Need Our Pensacola Attorneys for Your SSD Claim
An experienced lawyer improves your chance of success
Many people who apply for Social Security disability are concerned with filing in a timely manner. However, because they’ve never done it before and don’t know what a successful application looks like, they submit a filing that looks perfectly adequate to them but doesn’t meet with the approval of the Social Security Administration (SSA). Whatever advantage they hoped to gain by filing promptly is now lost, as they’re consigned to a lengthy appeal process. At Baker & Baker, PLLC, in Pensacola, we believe you should file once, file right, and never have to file again. We put our knowledge to work for you to improve your chances of first-time acceptance and, if necessary, to win your case on appeal.
Experienced lawyers handle your SSD claim with care
It’s not unusual for the Social Security Administration to deny a valid claim. In fact, about 70 percent of first-time SSD claims are denied. So, just because your doctor says you can’t work doesn’t mean SSA will see it that way. The burden is on you to present your claim in a professional manner, complete with all the information SSA needs to confirm your eligibility. Common problems first-time filers encounter include:
- Incorrect diagnosis of a disabling condition — Your doctor may not have the specialized knowledge necessary to identify your disabling condition in a manner that SSA would recognize as eligible for benefits. We can refer you to a qualified specialist who can order the precise diagnostic testing necessary to confirm your eligibility.
- Focusing on the wrong medical condition — Many applicants for SSD have more than one physical complaint. It’s important to focus your application on the condition SSA is most likely to recognize as disabling.
- Insufficient medical documentation — Your medical record may explain your condition to your satisfaction, but it might not present enough evidence to convince the SSA. Our experience with SSD claims has taught us how much documentation is necessary and how to gather the medical evidence and assemble a file that presents your best case for approval.
- Medical documentation off-point — In many cases, a patient’s medical records do not actually say what the patient thinks they say. Your records must use precise language that fits SSA’s definition of a disabling condition.
- Applying for the wrong set of benefits — It’s not unusual for applicants to be confused about the types of benefits they’re eligible for. But, applying for all available benefits “shotgun style” may not be the best course of action. A more focused approach that involves dropping a particular benefit could prove to be a better strategy.
Don’t fall into the first-time-filer trap. Put our attorneys’ experience to work for you.
Focused attention on your individual needs
You may have heard from a neighbor or relative who got an SSD claim approved without an attorney that all you need to do is put your paperwork together and send in the application. But it’s rarely that simple. You should be aware that every claim is different, and having an experienced SSD attorney on your team greatly improves your chances of success. Baker & Baker can help in a variety of ways:
- Advance planning — You may be working at the moment, but finding it increasingly difficult to stay working. How much longer can you last on the job? We can assist you with advance planning, because we know what SSA is looking for in a claim. When you’re ready to leave your job, your claim may already be approved.
- Evaluation of your claim’s strengths and weaknesses — When you consult our attorneys, you get more than an unbiased opinion. You get the benefit of our knowledge and experience in assessing the validity of your claim and substantial support if we determine you need to present additional evidence.
- Managing a complex process — Few filers understand the complexity of the claims process until they’re immersed in it. There are deadlines, requirements and instructions that seem to be written in a foreign language. If you aren’t approved at first, there’s a complicated appeal process that requires your appearance at hearings. Having an experienced advocate takes the pressure off your shoulders.
- Representation throughout the appeal process — If your claim is denied, you may have to go through many steps to get a reversal: file a written request for a reconsideration, attend a hearing before an administrative law judge, file a written request for an Appeals Council review, and sue in federal court. We stand by you every step of the way with reliable advice, experienced case management, and determined advocacy.
Contact our Social Security disability lawyers in Pensacola for trustworthy representation
If you or a member of your family is applying for SSD in Florida, or if your claim has already been denied, you need experienced legal assistance from a knowledgeable legal team. At Baker & Baker, PLLC, our professional services can greatly improve your chances of success. Please contact us online or call 850-316-8247 to schedule a free consultation.