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Do I need a lawyer to apply for SSI or SSDI benefits?

On Behalf of | Jan 13, 2023 | Social Security Disability

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Social Security Insurance (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provide a financial safety net for individuals who can no longer work due to a disability or who have lost a qualifying spouse or parent. According to, SSI and SSDI benefits have the same medical requirements.

However, applying for these benefits is complex and overwhelming, particularly for those dealing with the stress of a disability or the loss of a loved one. One way to ease the burden of applying for Social Security insurance benefits is to work with a lawyer specializing in these matters.

Attorneys can help with the application

A key benefit of working with a lawyer is that they can help you navigate the often-confusing rules and regulations that govern Social Security insurance. They can also help you understand any deadlines or other important dates related to your application. Additionally, a lawyer can assist you in preparing a solid and convincing case for why you should receive benefits, increasing your chances of approval.

Attorneys can help appeal a denied application

Another advantage of working with a lawyer is that they can represent you if you need to appeal a denied application. The appeals process can be complex and time-consuming, and a SSD/SSDI lawyer can help you navigate it effectively and increase your chances of a successful outcome. Trying to figure it out alone might lead to a second denial.

In short, if you are considering applying for Social Security benefits, working with a lawyer can provide valuable guidance, support and representation. While it may involve an added expense, hiring a lawyer can be well worth it in the long run.

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