Many people wait to call us for getting help with their Social Security Disability claims stating they did not think they could afford an attorney/representative. The truth is, especially in the climate of the Social Security offices today, you cannot afford to not get help. Offices are just now opening up, backlogs are growing, workers are absent, calls are not getting through, and the processes are more difficult than ever.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued past reports showing positive effects of having representation for a Social Security Disability claim. This report showed that claimants who had representatives “were allowed benefits at a rate nearly three times higher than those without representatives”. SSA officials were quoted as stating “that a representative can help the claimant by ensuring that the medical evidence and other records are fully developed and help the claimant present their case at a hearing”.
You also have a legal right to having representation before the Social Security Administration.
Over 80% of cases at initial are denied. Your case does not have to be one of those. A representative can help you get the information needed from the start. In many cases you will have to have a hearing, but it is never a waste of time to try and win at the beginning. Additionally, at a hearing, the judge will ask you questions that you may not understand the meaning behind and typically in all adult cases a vocational expert will testify at a hearing. Your representative will know how to handle those questions.
Having a representative to assist you is in your best interest as it is difficult for anyone to understand the Social Security disability process, rules and regulations unless that is your primary focus. Here at Gardberg and Kemmerly, we make Social Security disability our primary focus. Having a mental impairment, serious physical problem, or lack of family and social support can make the Social Security process very overwhelming. Let us help make this process easier. We never charge a fee unless we win!
If you have a claim pending for Social Security Disability, please call one of the experienced disability representatives at Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. at 251-343-1111 for a free consultation. Gardberg & Kemmerly specializes in helping the injured and disabled in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Louisiana.