Most Social Security Disability (“SSD”) applications are denied somewhere in the long and confusing process that is the Social Security Disability application, review and appeals process. There are so many levels in the process, each with its own staff, terminology, and standard of review, that many people who have applied for benefits on their own may simply give up and decide not to keep trying if they are denied at the first or second level of review. Having an experienced attorney to assist you with your SSD application makes a huge difference. The SSA’s own statistics bear this out: SSD claimants represented by an attorney in the application process are approved at much higher rates than those who are not represented by an attorney in connection with their claim. The experienced Virginia SSD attorneys at Kalfus & Nachman also can speak to this; many of our clients come to us only after having attempted unsuccessfully to apply for benefits on their own. Therefore, if you think you may be eligible for SSD benefits, then retaining an experienced attorney to represent you in the process is a no-brainer.
Why Are Applicants Who Are Represented Approved at Higher Rates Than Those Who Are Not Represented by Attorneys?
There are a number of reasons those applicants who are represented by an attorney have their SSD applications approved at much higher rates. Attorneys, having been through the process many times on behalf of their clients, know the process inside and out. An attorney often knows how to speak the language or provide the documents or information that will convince an SSA examiner to approve a client’s application on the initial review or on reconsideration of an initial denial, whereas someone who is applying for the first time may think that simply filling out the required forms is enough. Having experience representing SSD applicants is impossible to replicate for someone who is attempting to handle the process on his or her own or is represented by an attorney that does not regularly represent SSD applicants. Therefore, it simply makes sense to have an attorney assist you in the process of applying for SSD benefits because doing so significantly increases your chances of having your application approved.
Talk to The Experienced Social Security Disability Attorneys at Kalfus & Nachman
The experienced SSD attorneys at Kalfus & Nachman have counseled many clients who have attempted to apply for SSD benefits on their own and have become discouraged as a result of the lack of success they experienced prior to retaining our firm to assist in successfully shepherding their application through the many different layers of the SSD application process. If you live in the Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach or Roanoke, Virginia, areas and need assistance determining if you qualify for the SSD benefits, what your expected monthly benefit would be if you qualify for benefits, filing your SSD application, or filing an appeal, please contact Kalfus & Nachman PC by phone at (855) 880-8163 or through the form on this page to schedule a free consultation today.