Last week on the blog we discussed the Social Security Administration's evidentiary standards. The SSA can be very strict when it comes to allowing evidence to be considered in support of a SSD benefits claim, which is why many initial claims are rejected. Disabled individuals need to be able to adhere to the SSA's standards, while using the evidence at their disposal to support their claim.
However, if you are like most individuals seeking Social Security disability benefits, then you probably aren't familiar with the system and what, exactly, the SSA is looking for when adjudicating a claim. Unfortunately, this lack of knowledge can be extremely detrimental to your claim. Although you have an automatic right to appeal an initial claim denial, doing so adds time to an already lengthy claims process.
Therefore, if you are considering filing a SSD claim, then you should do everything you can to ensure your initial claim is as strong as possible before submitting it to the SSA. At The Lawrence Law Firm, our team of experienced legal professionals knows what it takes to convince the SSA that a claim is worthy of benefits. With that in mind, we help our clients assess the evidence at their disposal, gather it, and present it to claims adjudicators in a way that is persuasively and clearly illustrates our clients' disabilities.
As was discussed last week, the evidentiary process isn't always black and white when dealing with disability claims. Although medical evidence is crucial, secondary evidence, too, can play a major factor. In fact, in some instances, the account of a supervisor at work may be enough to push a claim to the point of being granted. So, if you need assistance with your Social Security disability claim, then you should take comfort knowing that competent Florida attorneys stand ready to help.