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What Questions to Ask Yourself Before Contacting a Social Security Disability Lawyer

Legally Reviewed and Edited by: Terry Cochran

When considering whether to apply for Social Security disability benefits, file an appeal for a recent denial, or contact an attorney for assistance, first sit down and thoroughly review your situation. While you may need legal advice and help from a Social Security disability lawyer eventually, asking yourself important questions beforehand can better prepare you for the disability application process that lies ahead.

Another reason for asking yourself important questions beforehand is that you’ll be more prepared to meet with and hire a social security disability law attorney when you’re ready. This facilitates a quicker review and decision on whether you have a solid case for disability program benefits.

An initial meeting with the experienced Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) attorneys with the law offices of Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., will provide you with the legal advice to move forward and obtain a successful outcome.

To prepare for your social security disability case, ask yourself the following questions.

Why do you believe your injury or illness prevents you from undertaking employment for a year or more?

If you don’t fully believe that you are incapable of gainful employment, this lack of conviction can come through on your application and in your conversations with your lawyer.

Often, it is the duration, or number of years, that confuses people, and it may be difficult for you to estimate the time you will be out of work. You must believe that you will be unable to work for a year or more to apply for SSDI benefits or, in some cases, for supplemental security income (SSI).

You can also consider whether you believe you could eventually return to work in some capacity, even if reduced. The Social Security Administration appreciates attempts to return to work. Social Security disability insurance program rules provide incentives for your attempts to return to the workforce. However, if your medical condition puts you out of work shortly after your re-start, the fact that you attempted to return to work will not be held against you if you move forward to file for social security disability.

However, remember that it’s essential not to cause more harm to yourself by returning to work too early. While many people dislike remaining at home, it is sometimes better to allow yourself to heal before returning to work since a further injury could result in even more time out of work.

How long have you been receiving medical treatment for your condition?

As with any legal filing, you will need to show you have received medical treatment for your condition. Make a note of how long treatments have been going on and if you regularly see your primary care physician. Include treatments from medical personnel who specialize in your particular condition.

Seeking medical treatment can be expensive, and working with your insurance company can be a challenge. If you don’t have insurance, you should consider searching for facilities that offer free or discounted treatments or apply for Medicaid. Keep excellent records of all treatments, as you will need these to apply for benefits and review them with your disability attorney.

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Contact a Michigan Social Security Disability Lawyer

A Social Security Disability claim can be hard to prove, and having an experienced SSDI Lawyer in your corner can help you navigate the steps required to be successful.

If you can answer these questions, contact the experienced attorneys with Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. to receive legal advice and assistance. We will use our specialized medical knowledge to prove your claim and get you the benefits you deserve. Contact our law office today at 866-MICH-LAW to schedule a free consultation with a Social Security Disability Attorney.

Disclaimer : The information provided is general and not for legal advice. The blogs are not intended to provide legal counsel and no attorney-client relationship is created nor intended.

Emily is a writer and legal professional with experience as a law firm paralegal and non-profit legal administrator. Prior to her legal career, Emily earned her Bachelor's Degree in International Affairs and worked with a government consulting group out of Washington, D.C. Today she splits her time between the Florida coast and the North Carolina mountains.



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