How Can an Attorney Help with my Claim?
If you are denied in a Social Security Disability or SSI application, it is a good idea to at least talk with an attorney about your claim. When you are turned down, it is often because there was a lack of medical evidence in support of your claim, the Administration did not consider all your impairments, or the Administration failed to apply the correct legal rules.
You have the right to have an attorney represent you at all levels of the administrative process. Statistics have shown that claimants represented by attorneys have been much more successful in obtaining benefits than people who chose to represent themselves. An attorney is able to:
- Gather medical and other evidence
- Analyze your case under Social Security Regulations
- Obtain a copy of your file from the Social Security Administration to ensure that it reflects all your past medical treatment and that all records and documents contained therein are admissible as evidence
- Ask that any prior applications for benefits be reopened
- Protect your right to a fair hearing
- Make any necessary appeals
Hoglund, Chwialkowski & Mrozik, PLLC practices exclusively in the area of Social Security Disability and Bankruptcy law. Attorneys at Hoglund, Chwialkowski & Mrozik, PLLC will be happy to discuss your case with you, without charge. We are able to work with you at any point in your case, from assisting you with your initial application, filing your request for reconsideration, requesting a hearing before an administrative law judge or filing an appeal with the Appeals Council.
We strongly advise people to contact an attorney as soon as possible – and certainly before requesting a hearing – as a good attorney will need adequate time to prepare the case, review the administrative file and request copies of outstanding medical records in order to effectively and to zealously represent the client at the hearing.
Again, the sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner he or she will be able to take the steps necessary to develop your case. Note, however, if you have already received your notice from Social Security advising you that it has denied your claim, you will have only 60 days to file your appeal. Do not wait until the last minute to contact an attorney, because once this 60-day period has expired you may lose your right to appeal!
Even if you have not yet applied for Social Security benefits, it is a good idea to speak with an attorney before filing your claim. An attorney can give you advice about what you need to do to prove your disability, request copies of your medical records and make sure these records are included in your claim file, request that your treating doctor provide a detailed report of what you can and cannot do because of your impairment, and ensure that any necessary appeals are filed timely.
Hoglund, Chwialkowski & Mrozik, PLLC (formally known as Northwest Disability Services) has represented over 20,000 clients at all administrative levels. We have practiced in the area of Social Security Disability law for over 12 years and have the experience necessary to achieve results. Call our office to speak with one of our attorneys. We offer free telephone consultation and can arrange to meet you at one of our many locations. In certain areas, we also offer free in-home consultations.