The Crucial Role of an SSD Attorney in the Filing Process

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  2. The Crucial Role of an SSD Attorney in the Filing Process

Filing for Social Security Disability benefits (SSD) can be complex and overwhelming. Many applicants feel confused and discouraged when beginning this process. Seeking the help of an experienced, competent attorney can make a HUGE difference in whether you receive a favorable decision and get your benefits. Let’s explore the role that attorneys play when filing for SSD benefits.

Expertise in Disability Law

One of the primary benefits of enlisting the services of an attorney is their expertise. Attorneys specializing in SSD benefits are well-versed in the intricate regulations and requirements set forth by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Attorneys understand the nuances of eligibility criteria, medical documentation requirements, and the appeals process. All this allows them to offer invaluable guidance to their clients.

Comprehensive Evaluation of Disability Claims

Attorneys play a vital role in evaluating the merits of disability claims. They assess the medical evidence, review the applicant’s work history, and figure out the likelihood of benefits approval based on the severity and duration of the disability. By conducting a thorough analysis, attorneys can advise clients on the strengths or weaknesses of their case and recommend the proper next steps.

Assistance with the Application Process

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Filing for SSD involves extensive paperwork and documentation, which can be overwhelming for applicants, especially those with disabilities. Attorneys streamline the application process by answering questions about completing these forms successfully. They also advise on gathering essential medical records and supporting documentation. Their attention to detail helps minimize errors and delays, increasing the likelihood of a successful claim. Over 75% of first-time SSD applicants are denied because of missing information or forms completed incorrectly.

SSD Attorney Representation in Administrative Proceedings

Should a disability claim be denied, attorneys play a crucial role in standing for their clients in administrative proceedings. This may include hearings before Administrative Law Judges (ALJs). They prepare clients for testimony, gather additional evidence to support their case and present compelling arguments on their behalf. Attorneys use their knowledge of disability law and their experience in administrative proceedings to advocate for their client’s rights effectively.

Appeals and Litigation


Should a claim be denied, attorneys guide clients through the appeals process, which may involve requesting reconsideration, presenting evidence at a hearing before an ALJ, or pursuing further appeals through the Appeals Council or federal court system. Attorneys navigate the complexities of the appeals process, ensuring that their client’s rights are protected and advocating for the benefits they deserve.

Contingency Fee Arrangements

Many SSD attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only collect fees if they successfully obtain benefits for their clients. What does this mean? At Parmele Law Firm, we do not get paid unless you receive a favorable decision for disability benefits. This payment arrangement makes legal representation accessible to those who may not have the financial means to pay upfront legal fees.


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While it is not mandatory to obtain legal representation when applying for disability, why take the risk? Parmele Law Firm has helped over 55,000 people receive the disability benefits they deserve. Our legal team has 135+ years of combined SSD experience. Who would not want representation from a firm with so much knowledge and experience? Call us today at 866-889-2570 to schedule your no-cost consultation.

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