When dealing with a serious medical condition, you may be unable to work for an extended period. On top of the lost wages, you might also face mounting medical bills that make you wonder how you will continue to support yourself and your loved ones. If you’re in this situation, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits that will deliver some financial relief.
The Social Security Disability application process can be intimidating and overwhelming. When your health and finances are already suffering, it can be challenging to devote the attention and resources necessary to prove that you meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) eligibility requirements for benefits. While not required, it’s been shown that having an experienced Social Security Disability attorney in your corner can improve your chances of benefits approval by as much as threefold.
At Byron A. Lassiter & Associates, P.C., our Mobile, AL and Pensacola, FL Social Security disability lawyer has dedicated his practice to guiding clients through the complex application and appeals process. Byron Lassiter and his team have created a process designed to help you obtain the benefits you need and deserve.
Complete Initial Review of Your Case
Our firm understands that every situation and case is different, so we dedicate time and attention at the beginning to ensure every client gets the personalized attention they deserve. No matter what step you’re at in the application or appeals process, our experienced Social Security Disability attorney will carefully and thoroughly review your case.
Byron A. Lassiter has focused his practice exclusively on helping clients obtain Social Security Disability benefits since 1986. He is board-certified in Social Security Disability law, and our firm handles hundreds of cases per year on behalf of clients in the northwest Florida and south Alabama area.
Ensure Your Social Security Disability Application is Complete
One of the biggest and most common mistakes that people who are applying for Social Security Disability make is filing an incomplete claim. The SSA denies a majority of initial applications for benefits, and many are rejected due to errors or omissions on the application.
The SSA asks a lot of questions and requires substantial documentation to make its case determination. As your Social Security law firm, we will ensure that your initial application materials are absolutely complete.
Collect and Sort Medical Evidence on Your Behalf
Decisions on Social Security Disability cases generally come down to the strength of the medical evidence you submit. Our law firm takes a team approach to the handling of every case. Once you sign a medical records release, we will begin gathering the relevant medical evidence required to support your case.
More importantly, we will sort through hundreds of pages of documents to locate the information that is most relevant to your case. Our firm also works directly with many healthcare providers and physicians to gather supportive letters and statements.
Communicate With the Social Security Administration
There is a long wait to begin receiving benefits from Social Security, with the average claim taking around 90 days for an initial review and even longer if you have to go through the appeals process. The last thing you need is to prolong this process by making a simple mistake on a form or missing a request for more information from the SSA.
Our firm has been working with the SSA for decades and has established a relationship with many of the people that handle claims and appeals. We will remain in close contact with those individuals throughout your case to ensure that the processing of your claim or appeal remains on track and that all deadlines are met. While we do this, you can focus on what matters most – taking care of your physical and emotional wellbeing.
File Necessary Social Security Disability Appeals
Only about 40 percent of initial applications for Social Security Disability are approved. If your case is denied, our firm will be your strongest legal advocate throughout the appeals process.
There are several phases of appeals available, each with its own deadlines and requirements. We make sure that you have the strongest case possible so that your claim has the best chance of getting accepted while under appeal.
Represent You at Disability Hearings
The majority of Social Security Disability claims are won at the hearing level, where you have the opportunity to tell your story to an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) and present witnesses. But hearings can be intimidating, and preparation is essential.
Our law firm will ensure that you are fully prepared for any appeals hearings, but we will also represent your interests throughout this process. At the same time, your attorney will interview witnesses and present any additional evidence that can strengthen your case.
Ensure You Receive the Maximum Benefits You Deserve
As your legal representatives, our law firm can make sure you get the full benefits available to you based on your past wage history and the date your disability began. Even when the SSA approves your claim, we will carefully check everything over to make sure the calculations are correct so that you don’t lose out on any benefits that you may be entitled to.
A Social Security Disability Attorney That Will Advocate for Your Interests
Hiring a lawyer to help with your Social Security Disability claim is a personal choice but also a smart move. The SSA makes you wait a significant length of time for an initial decision and then even longer throughout the appeals process (if your initial application is denied) to hear anything about your case. If you are struggling financially, getting your case approved as quickly as possible is likely one of your goals.
At Byron A. Lassiter & Associates, P.C., we only work on Social Security Disability cases, so we understand this process intimately. We handle every case with compassion, and we give you the personalized attention you deserve.
Our law firm’s staff is always available to answer your questions and listen to your concerns. And we never collect a fee from you until we win. Call our office today at (800) 544-3568 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.