A previous post on this blog talked about how the recent federal budget proposal, which passed through Congress, offers some promise that the Social Security Administration will get additional funding that it can use to reduce the growing backlog of administrative appeals awaiting a hearing.
However, the fact that some relief may be in sight, it does not mean that getting a claim denied and then having to appeal that denial is ideal.
Appeals will, even in the best of circumstances and even with an attorney doing what he or she can to speed up the process, take weeks or even months to process, and a Central Florida resident will have to wait for the appeal to run its course before he or she can get the benefits he or she likely needs.
This is one reason why it might be a good idea to have the help of an experienced Social Security Disability attorney even at the initial stages of one’s application for disability benefits.
While no attorney can guarantee that an application will get accepted at all, and especially at the start of the process, the experience of our office’s attorney in dealing with the Social Security Administration can be helpful with filling out an application and doing so completely and accurately. This completeness and accuracy can increase the chances of its being approved, potentially negating any need for an appeal.
Likewise, we are also familiar with what type of evidence the Social Security Administration is looking for when deciding whether or not to approve an application. Even before applying, we can help gather some of this medical and other evidence and include it as part of our clients’ initial application.