How To Make Efficient Use Of Your Time With Your Social Security Disability Attorney
The right attorney can make all the difference as you file for Social Security disability or appeal denied claims. Keep the following considerations in mind as you prepare for a productive consultation with your lawyer:
Pay Attention to What Has Your Attention About Your Case
If a burning concern about paperwork wakes you up at night, write down what’s bothering you. If you have insight into your lower back symptoms while in the shower, jot it down as soon as you dry off. Get in the habit of recording productive thoughts when you have them, and then circle back to process them later. This process will make communication with your lawyer more efficient – fewer email strings and long voicemail messages. It should also give you insight into your symptoms and what relieves them.
Get As Organized As You Can Before You Meet with Your Lawyer
The Social Security Administration demands ample documentation of your condition. To prove eligibility for disability benefits, bring the following to your consultation:
- Birth certificate
- Proof of lawful alien status or citizenship if you were born outside of the United States
- Military discharge papers
- Medical records and recent test results
- Proof of workers’ compensation benefits
Your Social Security disability attorney’s chief goal is to help you secure the benefits you deserve while reducing the potential for a complicated appeals process. To accomplish this end, your attorney needs an honest picture. How are you suffering? What’s your course of treatment? It can be tempting to either exaggerate or downplay your symptoms, but this could lead to a smaller award than you deserve or an outright denial of your claim.
Ideally, your attorney will get back to you promptly when you call or email. However, the attorney-client relationship goes both ways. Return calls and emails promptly to expedite the legal process.
Need help with a Social Security disability claim in Georgia? Get in touch with Smith, Wallis & Scott, LLP. We can strategically help you file for disability or appeal a denied claim.