Protect Your Future Through Preparation and Persistence: Preparing for a Social Security Disability Suit
Social Security disability benefits were established by the government in order to guarantee that people who are unable to provide for themselves have a degree of dignity and security. If your disability makes it impossible for you to work, it's important to have the confidence that your rights and interests will be looked after.
Unfortunately, in many cases, people with a legitimate claim to disability benefits may have their claims denied. Rather than allowing yourself to be discouraged by that experience, it's important that you consider your options and gear up to fight for the assistance that you rightfully deserve.
Below, you'll find a guide to some steps you should take in preparing for your Social Security disability lawsuit. By following these suggestions, you put yourself in the best position to secure a favorable outcome, and you can remove the stress and worry that comes from stagnation of your day-to-day life.
Many disability suits take an extended period time to come to court and reach a conclusion. While it can be reassuring to know that the wheels are in motion to protect your interests, it may be difficult to handle the intervening time before the case is settled. If you have a need for a faster time frame, you might consider some of the positives that can come from mediation.
The mediation process is designed to save some of the time, effort, and money that go into formal legal proceedings by creating an equitable negotiation over your potential benefits. Talk to your lawyer about the positives and negatives of the mediation process and ask about the potential outcomes of your case.
If an extended fight is unlikely to substantially improve your disability award compared to what's being offered through mediation, you may be better off accepting the settlement and simply moving forward.
Document Your Condition
Being declared unable to work is a complicated process, and there are multiple angles from which the government may attempt to contest your claim. Fortunately, people with a legitimate disability have the facts backing their claim.
With the proper documentation, you should be able to make it clear that you have a serious medical condition that will prevent you from being able to support yourself otherwise.
In order to verify your claim, you may have to see a number of doctors and secure their opinions through verified reports. Though the process may seem arduous, it's likely to eventually pay off when you receive the benefits that are rightfully yours.
You might also find yourself being seen by a doctor who's able to relieve some of your symptoms. That’s another benefit of taking steps to diversify the medical opinions you receive.
Document Your Claims
Your medical status isn't the only thing that may be placed under scrutiny. Before seeking legal recourse, the government is likely to ask you to demonstrate that you've exhausted every possible avenue in the application process.
It's important that you keep a copy of every claim form you submit and even keep a running journal of the entire disability application process. If you were unable to do so since the beginning of the process, sit down with your attorney and work together to try to jog your memory and build the best record you can.
When preparing for a Social Security disability suit, relying on an experienced professional can help you achieve the best possible outcome and give you access to years of knowledge.
The right attorney will work as your trusted advocate and provide you with a great deal of comfort and security during this difficult time. The attorneys at Gordon & Pont PC have the necessary experience to guide you through your Social Security disability case.