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When it comes to an SSDI claim, the sooner the better

Just like the referee in a Denver Broncos game, the Social Security Administration keeps it eyes on rules, regulations and the clock. The clock begins ticking the moment a person applies for Social Security Disability benefits, which means that if the claim is approved, benefits will be paid retroactive to the application date. So the sooner a person files an SSDI claim after becoming disabled, the better.

The clock is also crucial if that initial benefits claim is denied. Though an applicant has the right to appeal a denial with the assistance of an SSDI attorney, the applicants has only 60 days in which to file the appeal. 

Many consider it crucial to have an attorney assist an applicant with an appeal that will be held by an administrative law judge. After all, an experienced SSDI attorney understands the requirements of the Social Security Administration, the paperwork involved, how to make it clear to the judge that your physical or mental condition prevents you from working, and so on.

Remember, the burden of proof is on the applicant. That means you have to show the Administrative Law Judge that you not only have a particular condition, and that it is severe, but also that it will prevent you from earning more than a specified amount per month for at least one year. That means you, the applicant, have to provide proof gathered from doctors, hospitals and other health care providers, and accurately fill out and submit all required forms about your health, income, work history and more.

Experienced attorneys help applicants gather, compile and submit the detailed information needed. They also help clients and witnesses prepare for the hearing and can then ask questions of witnesses at the hearing.  

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