Q: Are social security attorneys and social security representatives the same thing? A: No, social security attorneys and social security representatives are not necessarily interchangeable. Social security attorneys hold law degrees. They have not only the educational and institutional knowledge to successfully represent claims, but they have the experience to know how to navigate the process and trouble shoot any issues or delays that may arise. Many social security representatives have a great deal of experience with the claim review process. In fact, many were disability examiners at some point. But there is no requirement that representatives hold law degrees and it can sometimes be difficult to know the level of expertise of representatives. Those who hire social security attorneys should ask if an attorney or representative will actually represent them in court. Some firms have representatives accompany clients to a hearing. Q: Is it better to appeal or apply again if a claimant is denied after initially applying? A: Assuming the application and supporting materials were submitted accurately and thoroughly, it is almost always better to appeal instead of filing a new application after initially applying. The claim is likely to be denied again if a new application is submitted, which will add more time to what can be an already lengthy process. Submitting a new application is starting at step one again when appealing will allow the claim to progress to the next level in the process. A claimant should appeal for reconsideration instead of submit a brand new application again. That appeal must be submitted within 60 days of notification of initial denial. Claimants who wish to appeal but have missed that deadline should seek assistance from social security attorneys.
While a fifth of Florida residents are currently collecting on social security, if you have been having problems since being honorably discharged from the armed forces, veterans lawyers can help you to get to the bottom of your situation so that you can find a resolution that allows you to get the compensation you need. Florida retirees typically receive nearly $14,000 a year in social security as was the average in 2010 and if you need that money badly to live or support your family, then you need help from veterans lawyers so that you can figure out what went wrong with your situation and take the matter to court. Social security attorneys are used to dealing with cases like yours. More importantly, social security disability attorneys know how to work the courts in favor of their clients because of their experience. The sad truth is that only a touch over a third of people who apply for disability are actually approved for social security, but if you were denied, there is no reason that you should not contact veterans lawyers to help you fight your case. A social security disability lawyer will make sure that the court gets to see your side of the story. Without social security lawyers, it is likely that they simply would have just looked the other way. Fortunately, a veterans lawyer is diligent and that diligence may pay off in the form of getting you your benefits.