Q: Is It Possible for Claimants to Be Awarded Benefits During a Hearing Without Representation from Social security lawyers?
A: There are claimants who go through the hearing process for a disability claim and are awarded benefits without representation from social security lawyers. Most claimants who are awarded benefits, however, have legal representation. Social security lawyers know what is needed by a judge to make a fair judgment on a claim. They not only hold law degrees, but have a great deal of experience with the entire claim review process. Claimants benefit from that expertise. They can be confident that everything possible is being done to help their claims. Social security lawyers not only know what supporting evidence needs to be submitted to give claims the strongest foundation possible, but how to obtain that evidence in a timely manner. So, yes. It is possible to be awarded disability benefits without legal representation. But a hearing is the last opportunity to present a complete and convincing background for a claim. Having a lawyer will assure everything possible has been done toward that goal.
Q: Should you apply again if your initial claim is denied?
A: A common mistake claimants make when they are denied after applying for disability insurance is to submit a brand new claim. That new claim will almost certainly be denied again. So doing so only adds to the already lengthy review process. The next appropriate step is to appeal to have the claim reconsidered. This appeal must be submitted within 60 days. If you have missed that deadline or believe you did not submit your initial claim correctly, it would be helpful to seek assistance from one of the social security lawyers in your area.