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Challenging yet doable: navigating the SSD trail

On Behalf of | Jan 30, 2019 | Social Security Disability |

The saying, “Knowledge is power” is applicable to many things in life.

Including the realm of Social Security Disability, which is a process that legions of Americans – including Missouri and Kansas residents – understandably find somewhat complex and even baffling.

A proven SSD attorney advocate knows from impassioned personal representation of disabled clients seeking to apply for federal benefits just how challenging the experience can be.

In fact, it typically seems that way for even the most qualified applicants, at least for a while. That is generally the first thing that a benefits claimant needs to appreciate, namely, that dealing with the Social Security Administration can a bit of a chore. Impatience is not a virtue when interacting with government regulators during the SSD application process.

Claimants should also know this, though: There is a tested benefits system in place that an experienced SSD attorney knows well and can help a valued client optimally negotiate.

That starts with application, which can be materially expedited and vetted for accuracy by a seasoned disability attorney.

That is often followed by reconsideration in the wake of an initially denied claim. Applicants should know that being turned down for benefits in the first instance is far from a fatal outcome. An online in-depth overview of the SSD process en route to approval advises claimants to never be discouraged by that result. It duly notes that, “Most claims are denied at first, for any number of reasons, even if they eventually are approved at appeal.”

Notably, most are. An experienced attorney can provide especially meaningful advocacy at the reconsideration stage before an administrative law judge (where many claims are approved), or thereafter on appeal.

The bottom line with SSD claims is that in most cases (some exceptional circumstances do occur) they must simply run a course that doesn’t customarily allow for shortcuts. Proven legal counsel can keep an applicant on track and consistently focused on the ultimate goal of securing the disability entitlements to which they are lawfully entitled.