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When Should You Hire an Orlando Social Security Disability Lawyer?

Social Security Disability Benefits for 2023

If you are unable to work, and you need to file a Social Security Disability claim, you are likely unsure what to do or how the application process works. You may also be wondering whether it’s worth hiring an Orlando Social Security Disability lawyer. Most people have not been through the process either, so you are not alone. Hiring a lawyer can help you guide you through the application and improve your chances of getting your claim approved on the initial try.

At the Law Offices of Shea A. Fugate, P.A., we specialize in helping Florida clients with their Social Security Disability applications and appeals. Schedule a consultation with our office to learn how we can help.

When You Need Assistance Filing the Application

When you apply for benefits, you need to file a complete application or run the risk of receiving a denial. If you do not prove that you meet the Social Security Administration’s narrow definition of disabled, then you will not qualify for benefits. You need to show that you have a severe medical impairment that is expected to last at least twelve months. When you work with an Orlando Social Security Disability lawyer, we can help you get all the necessary documentation.

When You Are Filing an Appeal

If you already applied for benefits and received a denial, you only have a limited window to file an appeal. The appeals process is tricky, and you need a legal advocate on your side who can help. The legal team at the Law Offices of Shea A. Fugate, P.A., routinely represents clients for Social Security Disability appeals in Orlando. In some situations, your case will require more than one appeal. Each one has a stringent deadline. If you miss the deadline, you could lose out on important benefits you are entitled to receive.

When You Need Representation at Your Hearing

You need an attorney by your side when you go before the judge at your Social Security hearing. We will be there to prep you for the hearing and walk you through what to expect. We can answer all your legal questions and make sure you feel as comfortable as possible. During the hearing, we will make an opening statement and closing argument. We typically have one or more experts testify on your behalf, such as psychological and medical experts. Only a skilled Orlando Social Security Disability lawyer can conduct cross-examination of any testifying witnesses.

When Your Case Goes to Federal Court

As your case progresses, it’s pretty standard that the complexity of your case will also increase. If your case ends up in federal court, you need a lawyer who has experience with federal appeals. These cases involve significant amounts of legal writing, which is why you need someone who understands and is admitted to practice in federal court.

Contact an Orlando Social Security Disability Lawyer

If you need assistance with a Social Security Disability matter in Florida, let our legal team help. Contact the Law Offices of Shea A. Fugate, P.A., today to schedule an initial consultation.


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