If you try to file for Social Security benefits, you’re probably finding yourself facing a brick wall of bureaucracy. Even though the Social Security Administration is set up to help those in need, there are a lot of bureaucratic procedures in place that make it very difficult for people to get the help they need at the times when they need it most. Here are some common mistakes that people make that end up wasting their time and not getting them paid.
There is an appeals process in place for Social Security benefits that you must follow to the letter. If you’re turned down for Social Security benefits on your first attempt at getting them, filing for the same benefits again does not help. You need to go through the proper appeals process, and it can be very time-consuming and very difficult to navigate.
When you do go through the appeals process, it’s likely that you’re going to get turned down again. Most of the time, when Social Security claims are turned down, it’s because there is something about the way in which they were filed for that is either incorrect or that does not meet the criteria for getting those benefits. In such cases, somebody trying to file for Social Security benefits on their own may be causing the bulk of their own problems dealing with the Social Security Administration.
A lawyer can help filing Social Security benefits. While most people think about lawyers in the context of going to court and arguing a claim, they really are masters of bureaucracies. They understand complex rules and regulations, they understand what kind of forms need to be filed and what sorts of disabilities justify getting benefits. The fact that they have this kind of confidence in what they know goes long way toward helping you to get your benefits. The fact that they know how to navigate a bureaucracy increases your chances even more.
There is a chance that there will be a hearing involved in getting your Social Security benefits if they have been denied over and over again. This is another case where you definitely want a lawyer at your side. They can make certain that you are represented to the judge in the best way possible and that, if you are entitled to them, you have the best chance possible of getting your benefits.