Applying for Social Security disability benefits in North Carolina is a great option that someone should look into if they are no longer able to work due to a debilitating illness or injury. The application process for receiving Social Security benefits is not always easy. Read below to see how hiring a social security lawyer can help you through the process.
The initial conversation with the lawyer
When you speak with an attorney about your disability case, they will ask questions to obtain some basic information about the case. The attorney will use the facts you give to determine if you are eligible for benefits.
How does the attorney develop the case?
To work with an attorney, you must be willing to sign a privacy release that allows the attorney access to your medical records. The attorney will use the information in these records to help build a case for you. If you need additional tests or medical care for the case to be approved, you will be informed of that information. An attorney will determine which information in the records will be helpful and which information will not help the case and should not be introduced.
How does an attorney help you prepare for the hearing?
The attorney will contact you shortly before the disability hearing. He or she will go over specific questions that might be asked during the hearing. The questions will be directly about your inability to perform specific everyday functions as well as your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. The more honestly you answer these questions, the more easily the attorney will be able to assist you during the hearing.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) allows you to have witnesses testify on your behalf at the hearing. However, witnesses can sometimes do more harm than good. Your attorney will interview potential witnesses before your hearing and assess the level of help each witness can provide. The attorney will only call those witnesses that will help strengthen your case.
Arguing the Case
The attorney will take the information that was gained and formulate an argument for why you deserve to receive disability benefits. The attorney will present the facts that show how you qualify for benefits and why you deserve them.
Whereas it is possible to apply for Social Security disability in North Carolina without a lawyer, it is not advisable. An attorney has the skill and expertise that is necessary for a favorable outcome. If you believe you or someone you love is eligible for Social Security disability benefits, contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible.