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Tips for Applying: Could You Use Help with Your Benefits Application?

You got hit with serious health problems. Now you can’t work. Money’s running out.

Social Security Disability benefits, with income support and health care access, can help you keep going.

First, you’re staring down a complicated application process. You’ve got forms to fill out, medical information to organize, work history to explain and more.

How do you get this right?

The disability law team at The Clarkson Firm created this page of tips to make it easier for you.

Working directly with a Social Security Disability lawyer on your case could make it easier still, because your lawyer will handle the toughest tasks.

The Clarkson Firm has helped thousands of people win benefits in Birmingham, Gadsden, Montgomery, Mobile, all of North Alabama, the Black Belt, the Gulf Coast, and in Chattanooga, all of Tennessee, and throughout the Southeast.

After medical and money trouble, let us help you find a better future.

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How a Social Security Disability Lawyer Helps You Apply for Benefits

You’re not required to have a Social Security Disability lawyer to apply for benefits. But it’s a good idea.

For one thing, you don’t pay any fee for a disability attorney until you win benefits.

And your lawyer will handle the much of the legwork, lighten the load on you, and help you avoid added problems in a process that’s difficult enough to begin with.

With a skilled disability lawyer:

  • You have someone to make sure your information is complete, possibly preventing delays.
  • You have someone who can file your application online. You don’t even have to be there.
  • You have someone to follow up with Social Security, making sure your case is on track. Sometimes you’ve got to hound Social Security to move on your application.
  • You have someone to keep you on top of deadlines for submitting additional information. Social Security will ask for various bits of paperwork. Your lawyer will get the same notices and make sure it gets done.
  • You have someone to provide advice about how to fill out Social Security forms.
  • You have someone to respond quickly if your application is denied. You have limited time to file an appeal.

Handling it this way is better than going down to the Social Security office and applying in person. 

If you do that, a Social Security employee—someone with no medical training—could take a look at you and make snap judgments about whether you seem sick enough to deserve benefits, hurting your case.

Some people also might apply on their own hoping to get approved without having to share a portion of their back benefits as an attorney fee.

But if you make mistakes because you didn’t work with a professional, you could get denied and have to file appeals. Your case will drag on longer, and you may end up needing an attorney anyway. You’ll have larger back benefits, which means a larger attorney fee.

Getting approved faster can mean you don’t pay any attorney fee. Your Clarkson disability attorney is happy to help you do that. 

Whether we get a fee or not, the best feeling for us is seeing you win benefits and be able to breathe a little easier.

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How Does Social Security Disability Work? Get Answers.

Social Security Disability is a huge, complicated program that often doesn’t seem like it cares much about you and your needs. Can’t get answers to your questions? Your disability attorney from The Clarkson Firm is the one who truly cares and guides you. Talk to us.

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