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Why Hire a Disability Attorney

Posted on May 5, 2016Posted By Russell & Hill, PLLCPosted In SSD

It’s always prudent to seek an attorney’s advice when presented with any legal issue and seeking disability benefits is no different. At Russell and Hill, we strive to be available and responsive to all of our clients and potential clients throughout all legal issues so that no one feels that they have to navigate social security disability alone.

Helping You Navigate the Process

The rules surrounding disability can be quite technical, so it’s important to seek counsel with an experienced social security disability attorney in Tacoma who understands the relevant rules and regulations. This will help ensure that you approach your case with an effective strategy within those rules and regulations. The analysis in a disability claim follows a 5-step sequential evaluation. A representative will be knowledgeable regarding those 5 steps and will help you present your case in a way that follows that structure.

A representative can also help describe the disability process and analysis to you so that you have a better understanding of what you need to prove to be successful in your case. This understanding will help translate into better development of evidence. It will also help you feel more comfortable when going through the process and give you a better understanding of what to expect.

Cooperating with the Social Security Administration (SSA) is important for your case to progress through their channels successfully. A representative can help you understand what you need to do to cooperate with the system and remind you of what you need to do (e.g., what paperwork must be completed, or appointments that must be attended). A representative can also communicate with the SSA on your behalf and keep you apprised of your case status. This will help make the process of seeking disability much easier on you.

Effective Case Development

Representatives are familiar with the type of information judges want to see in your medical records. Additionally, providing the judge with an opinion statement from your treating provider can be instrumental in a disability claim. A representative can help you develop opinion evidence by providing a questionnaire for your provider that seeks information relevant to a disability claim. This information is often not contained in your medical treatment notes, so it is important to have a representative help you develop this type of evidence.

If your case progresses to the hearing level, then it becomes even more helpful to have a representative. Even though the hearings are informal, the process may seem foreign or confusing to someone who is not familiar with the nature of the proceedings. It is important to have an attorney’s assistance in presenting your case to the judge. A representative will help you prepare for testimony, present your case at the hearing, and cross-examine any medical or vocational experts.

Working With Russell and Hill Disability Attorneys

Our experienced attorneys at Russell and Hill are available to help you. We will explain the process so you understand what is needed to prove your case for disability. We will assist you with your claim from the beginning stages and communicate with SSA on your behalf. We will help you develop the evidence that is relevant to a disability claim so that your claim is well-supported. Moreover, at the hearing level, we will prepare you for testimony and present your case with an effective strategy so you have the best chance for success in your case.

If you think you qualify for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits, contact us for a consultation with one of our Tacoma SSD attorneys.

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