Social Security Disability Attorney Oklahoma
We provide experienced representation for those who have suffered disabilities and need help
If you were injured or became disabled and can no longer work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits. In many cases, it’s wise to retain an Oklahoma City disability attorney with a comprehensive understanding of the system, because obtaining benefits can be difficult.
Social Security Disability Insurance, commonly abbreviated as SSD or SSDI, is available to workers who have worked for a certain period and have suffered physical or mental impairments severe enough to prevent them from engaging in their normal occupations or any other work. SSI is a similar program, but benefits are available to people with low income or who are 65 and older. There are several types of disabilities or medical conditions that qualify.
- Types of Disabilities or Medical Conditions
- Long-and Short-Term Disability
- Common Application Mistakes
- Why Hire an Attorney?
Call the Dan Davis Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE today for legal guidance. An Oklahoma City Social Security Disability attorney may be able to help you avoid common application mistakes to prevent a denied SSD or SSI claim. Act now. A delay may affect your ability to qualify for benefits.
SSDI benefits can be difficult to obtain
The SSDI application and appeals process becomes frustrating to many people who go it alone. It’s very common for a Social Security Disability claim to be denied. The Social Security Administration receives more than 2.5 million applications for Social Security Disability benefits each year, and denies benefits for most of the initial applicants. If your claim was denied, don’t give up. Contact a Social Security Disability attorney in Oklahoma City to learn about your options.
With an experienced SSD lawyer in Oklahoma City on your side, you may improve your chances of getting the result you need. An attorney who knows the system inside and out can help you prepare your case by gathering essential documents and records and sticking to the deadlines. Most people have no idea how to thoroughly prepare for an SSDI hearing. This is one of the reasons why hiring an attorney makes sense. You may also gain a better sense of what types of benefits, and in what amount, that you qualify for. The initial consultation is free. Call today.
Types of Disabilities or Medical Conditions
Some conditions, such as blindness, commonly are recognized as being a type of disability that qualifies you for benefits. Remember, each case is evaluated individually. In all cases, certain standards must be met, including one that states the person filing the claim has been unable to work for at least twelve months due to the condition.
Among the most commonly recognized types of disabilities or medical conditions that lead to the awarding of SSD benefits are:
- Blindness, particularly when caused by injury or accident
- Crohn’s disease
- Chronic pain syndrome (CPS)
- Heart disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Severed limbs
Long-and Short-Term Disability
The longer you wait to file your disability claim, the less likely your claim will be accepted. Some individuals who are disabled are awarded benefits, only to have them terminated prematurely. Among the reasons short or long term disability benefits are canceled include determinations by the agency that:
- You have fully recovered.
- Your injury was not as serious as you claim.
- Your injury was not diagnosed accurately.
- The “typical” period of recovery has ended, so you should be well.
- Even though you may not be fully recovered, you can go back to work.
Common Application Mistakes
Our experience and nationwide statistics show us that claimants who are not represented at their hearing before the administrative law judge (ALJ) are denied twice as often as those who are represented. Before it is necessary to engage in the appeal/hearing process, get experienced counsel to avoid common application mistakes when filing for SSD benefits.
Common application mistakes include:
- Medical evidence not documented appropriately
- Doctor’s report not consistent with Social Security regulations defining disability
- Inability to work or loss of vocational aptitude not documented appropriately
- Forms not filled out properly or completely
- Forms and other documentation not filed at appropriate office or within deadline
Why Hire an Attorney?
A: An experienced attorney knows how to avoid common application mistakes so that benefits may be awarded to the disabled worker more promptly, without the delay of the Reconsideration or Hearing processes.
Should the application process reach the hearing stage, it can be very important to arrange legal representation early enough to allow time to properly prepare for the hearing. Claimants not represented at their administrative law judge hearing are denied two times more often than those who are represented by legal counsel.
To support your legitimate Social Security claim, an attorney may undertake any or all of the following steps:
- Gather medical evidence
- Protect your right to a fair hearing by objecting to improper evidence and procedures
- Contact your doctor to explain Social Security Regulations to obtain a report consistent with those regulations
- Assess any written questions the Administrative Law Judge may have in requesting an additional medical opinion
- Send you to a vocational expert to determine your ability to work
- Obtain documents from your Social Security file and review any actions taken by the Social Security Administration
- Request subpoenas to ensure the presence of crucial witnesses or documents at your hearing
- Cross-examine Social Security Administration witnesses at your hearing
- If you win, make sure that the Social Security Administration correctly calculates your benefits
- If you lose, request a review of the Hearing Decision by the SSA Appeals Council