A Lawyer May Improve Your Chance Of Getting Social Security Disability Insurance
The Social Security laws define disability as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.
SSA’s regulations provide a procedure known as the “sequential evaluation process” for disability evaluation. For adults, this is a five-step process that requires sequential review of:
- the claimant’s current work activity (if any),
- the severity of his or her impairment(s),
- a determination of whether his or her impairment(s) meets or medically equals a listing (see Part III of this guide),
- the claimant’s ability to perform his or her past relevant work, and
- his or her ability to do other work based on age, education, and work experience.
As your attorney, I will obtain your medical records and other evidence for your claim and complete your application to prevent mistakes or omissions that could hurt your chances of success. I also will attend meetings or conferences with Social Security officials with you and work with the SSA on your behalf.
I also can assist if Social Security has denied your claim and file an appeal on your behalf.