Why Speaking to an Attorney is the Best Option for Social Security Disability Benefits
Relying on the opinion of examiners and investigators from the Social Security Administration to inform you of your rights to pursue benefits is usually the worst option. These professionals, while hard working, don’t have all the facts when it comes to options you may have available to you to secure the benefits you deserve in light of your injuries. Our SSDI attorneys explain the pitfalls to avoid and why calling legal advocates like us remains the best path to a speedy approval of your application.
Office Employees are not Attorneys
An employee working with the Social Security Administration does not possess a law degree — just the training provided to perform the essential tasks of their job. That doesn’t usually include a working knowledge of disability law and the rights of benefit applicants. Just because an office worker told you that you don’t have the right to appeal a rejection of your application does not make it so. In fact, you have the right to appeal the decision at least two different times before the rejection becomes final. Unless you’re speaking a trained expert in SSDI regulations, the opinion you receive will likely have big holes in its reasoning and validity.
Automatic Rollover into SSA Retirement Fund
When you reach full retirement age (66 years old), your disability payments automatically transfer to your Social Security retirement disbursements. There should be no interruption in checks and no additional forms to fill out. If the SSA contacts you seeking additional information, contact your attorney to find out what’s mandatory. Here’s a trick they won’t tell you about: when you reach full retirement age, you can opt to stop receiving benefits payments. Wait a few years and apply to reinstate them — about 70 years old. The payment at that time will be 32 percent larger above any normal increase for inflation.
Timetables for Form Submissions Vary
Trust your legal team when it comes to submitting paperwork and meeting deadlines for filing, especially during the appeals process. Relying on employees working with the SSA who may not have a working knowledge of the specific deadlines that apply to your case can ruin your chances to recover benefits. An employee may only be quoting from a worksheet that does not take the details of your situation into account. In other words, every situation is different. The last thing you want is to have a date on a calendar be the reason why you can’t receive the money you need to meet your financial obligations. You’re hurt, and the consequences of that hurt have left you unable to provide for yourself through working. Don’t gamble with your finances by accepting the opinion of someone without the proper training.
If you, or someone close to you, is suffering with an injury or medical condition that doctors expect to prevent them from working for at least 12 months, you may be eligible for disability benefits from the federal government. Call our law offices today for your free consultation to discuss your claim and how we can work to recover the money you’re entitled to.