When Should I Contact a Lawyer About My Claim?
The quick and easy answer is as early as possible. Some attorneys will not help with a case until the claim has been denied. At Levine Benjamin, we like to get involved in the case as early as possible. Ideally, this is before you file your claim. There are several good reasons for this.
The first reason is that we want to let you know exactly what you are going to need to prove in order to win your case. This, in turn, will help you with what you say to the Social Security representative when you make your application. Sometimes people think that it will impress the Social Security representative when they say how much they are able to do in a typical day. We will remind you that all of your activities will, to some extent, demonstrate that you are not disabled. We also want you to keep this same thing in mind when you are filling out the forms, especially the Daily Activities Form.
Most importantly, we want you to remember to let your doctors know about all of your difficulties at each and every office visit. Your doctor won’t write down anything about your pain, or your need to lie down during the day, or your difficulties paying attention and staying focus on a task, unless you tell those things to the doctor. The medical information is the most important part of your case. You can play a big role in making your medical records as helpful as possible.