You are not required to hire a Social Security lawyer in Oakland before you submit your Social Security Disability application or even before you start the process, but it’s beneficial to consult one to make sure you know all the facts. Reach out to Ortega Disability Group if you are about to start the application process and need guidance to make sure you do everything correctly. 

 

Facts About The Initial Application Process

Did you know that about 60 percent of initial applicants are denied benefits? Some people think that to apply for disability benefits, all you have to do is fill out a few forms, but this isn’t the full process. Initially, you’ll have to fill out extensive paperwork, providing medical records and your personal information. You could make errors that may compromise your eligibility, so you should seek a lawyer to make sure you complete the process correctly.

 

Benefits Of Hiring A Lawyer

If you seek help before you submit your application, you can increase your chances of approval without going through the appeal process. Other benefits of hiring a lawyer include:

  • Gaining advocacy: A disability attorney is your advocate who is familiar with Social Security and the review process. They’ll know the rules and the best way to receive eligibility.
  • Assistance in documentation review: Your lawyer can review your application, including all the information you provided and let you know if you are missing anything for the application. 
  • Avoiding possible application errors: Application errors can be diminished when your attorney looks for any inconsistencies or missing elements. The information provided in your initial claim is a part of your permanent claim for benefits so if you have any errors or omissions, that could affect your claim. 

 

Paying Your Social Security Lawyer

If money is the reason you aren’t hiring a lawyer for the application process, you should be aware that your attorney is not paid unless you are awarded benefits. Don’t let your financial status keep you from contacting a lawyer because it could hurt your application process in the long run.

 

Contact Us

Ortega Disability Group is a group of Social Security lawyers serving Oakland who are committed to assisting disabled individuals, helping them obtain Social Security Disability benefits. The process may seem difficult and daunting to complete on your own, so let us help guide you through this complex process. Call us, meet with us in person, or email us today and we can get started on your case.