The shock and stress associated with suffering from a disability is often quite debilitating. People often experience a loss of freedom if they are forced to rely on others for help with meeting their day-to-day needs and financial worries can arise due to difficulties with employment. If your disability is related to a mental condition, such as depression, anxiety or some other type of mental illness, your situation may be complicated by the general lack of understanding about mental illness and its effects. Although nothing can completely erase the strain of dealing with a disability, alleviating financial stress can go a long way toward freeing up your time and mental energy so that you can focus on your health. SSD benefits can help with this aspect of your disability.
Even though the receipt of Social Security Disability benefits is critically important to many disabled individuals, the process is not as simple and straightforward-or guaranteed-as one would hope. This is where legal help can be vital. Experienced attorneys understand the complicated process of applying for disability benefits and can explain the steps and guide you through the complicated maze of rules, regulations and application procedures.
It is important to understand-wherever you are in the process-that many first-time applicants for disability benefits are denied. An initial denial does not mean that you will not receive benefits and you should not become discouraged if you receive such a denial. If you initially applied for benefits on your own, without the assistance of legal counsel, an attorney can help you continue the process with an appeal and representation in Social Security Disability hearings. If you desire help with your application from the outset, the attorney will work with you to collect the necessary evidence and present the strongest case possible from the very beginning of the application process. This will not only give you the best chance of initial success, but also prepare you well for the appeal process if your claim is initially denied.
Having legal professionals help with your claim for SSD benefits can be invaluable, because you will not have to worry about the details of the process or try to figure out the complicated rules on your own. For more information on the application process, please visit our Social Security Disability page.