Rising Claims Levels Emphasize the Need to Seek Legal Representation for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income ClaimsNovember 12, 2012
In recent years, the Social Security Administration (SSA) experienced a significant increase in the number of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims. While the SSA provides a number of resources designed to help disabled individuals file their own claims, it encourages claimants to seek experienced legal support to help ensure the best results for their claims.
In a March 2012 statement before the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security, the SSA Commissioner reported a notable increase in the SSDI workload over the previous five years. He cited a number of reasons for the increase, including accelerated claims from disabled baby boomers while losing experienced SSA workers to retirement. He also stated that initial disability claims increased by about 25 percent during the economic downturn.
Regardless of the number of claims involved, the SSA must undergo a detailed five-step process to investigate the validity of every claim. This means claimants have the best chance of acceptance by submitting documentation that fully proves their disability complies with the specific definitions observed by the SSA. Although the SSA makes every effort to facilitate an application by providing extensive online resources, most individuals do not understand the rules well enough to guarantee the SSA can accept their initial claims.
Even if you decide to file your initial claim without legal assistance, you should consult with one of our experienced Social Security Disability attorneys if you receive notification of claim denial from the SSA. Your lawyer can thoroughly review your previous submission and the SSA notification to help you correct any errors or omissions that prevented acceptance of your claim. Furthermore, attorneys have the understanding of the laws and claims considerations needed in the event that you need to go through the complex, multi-step appeals process. If you have a Social Security Disability claim, contact a Baltimore personal injury lawyer at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. who is skilled in dealing with Social Security matters today.