When everyday functions like standing, walking, lifting and concentrating on tasks for hours at a time become impossible to handle because you have severe health problems, you face the loss of your job, your income and your stability.
But you don’t lose your bills. Those keep coming.
Social Security Disability benefits can help you take care of yourself, keep your finances from falling apart and keep your life together.
The trouble is that while anyone can apply for benefits, getting your claim approved isn’t quick or easy.
Over a recent 10-year period, 78 percent of people failed to win benefits on their first attempt, according to Social Security numbers. Even after people appealed their denials, they eventually won benefits only 33 percent of the time.
For you to get the best chance of winning the disability income you need, don’t take any chances.
Let the disability attorneys at Lachman & Gorton Law Office help. We’ve helped thousands of hardworking people in Binghamton, Elmira, Endicott, Oneonta, Rochester and across New York.
When you’re denied benefits, one of the most important steps you take when appealing the decision is talking to a Social Security administrative law judge—an opportunity you often must wait a long time to get.
In different states, judges approve benefits at different rates.
This is what the process of seeing a judge looks like in New York:
That national average wait time for a hearing was 17.3 months, and the claims approval rate was 43%, according to statistics compiled by DisabilityJudges.com.
Your goal is to be one of the people who makes it into the approved group, even though it’s hard. You can start by getting a free initial evaluation of your claim from Lachman & Gorton.
You can do three major things to improve your chances of winning your Social Security Disability claim:
1. Submit Strong Medical Evidence
Whether you’re suffering from heart disease, cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, or other debilitating conditions, the most important part of your disability claim is the medical evidence you provide that proves you can’t work.
This can include:
2. Get Details Right on Your Application
When you’re applying for Social Security Disability benefits, you’ll have a lot of forms to fill out.
It takes time and work. If you leave something out or get something wrong, Social Security claims examiners may question whether you deserve benefits.
At Lachman & Gorton, our experienced attorneys can walk you through the forms. We know what information is important, and not important, to winning your claim.
3. Work with a Disability Lawyer
People file thousands of disability claims in New York every year. It’s easy for the system to treat you like a number.
Not only will a good disability lawyer gather your medical evidence for you and make sure your forms are complete and correct, they’ll give you the one-on-one attention you deserve.
At Lachman & Gorton, we’ll listen to your story and fight to make sure your claim isn’t lost in the system.
A government study found your chances of winning benefits at a disability hearing are almost three times greater when you have a representative.