Social Security Disability Lawyer in Dover
Fighting for the Security Clients Deserve in New England
Have you been injured and you’re unable to work? Is an illness preventing
you from maintaining employment? Were you denied benefits? If you said
yes to any of these, don’t hesitate to get the legal help you need.
Our Dover Social Security Disability lawyer is focused on fighting for
the benefits you deserve.
If you cannot work, social security is there to provide you with income
and medical insurance. Getting approved on your own can be difficult and
time-consuming due to the complex rules and required documentation. Most
first-time applicants are denied benefits due to technicalities and burdensome
rules in today’s difficult legal environment. If you have been denied,
don’t wait to contact us, because time is critical in the appeals process.
Some of the benefits of working with the team at Wyskiel, Boc, Tillinghast
& Bolduc, P.A. include:
- We have helped thousands of people obtain benefits with our extensive experience
and impressive legal credentials.
- Lance Tillinghast is the only lawyer in New England to hold a National
Board of Legal Specialty Certification in Social Security Disability
- We’re located in New Hampshire but can help you wherever you are
in New England
Contact our team online or by phone at
(603) 742-5222 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you
with your Social Security-related issue.
What is Social Security Disability Insurance?
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program that pays monthly
benefits to you if you become disabled before you reach retirement age
and aren’t able to work. You can apply for Social Security disability
benefits by scheduling an appointment with a Social Security Administration
(SSA) representative at a field office closest to you, or by applying
online. A claims representative be assigned to your case and will answer
any questions you may have about the application process.
He or she will also handle the paperwork needed to send your claim to an
office known as Disability Determination Services (DDS), which will make
an initial determination as to whether you are considered disabled under
the SSA’s requirements. The claims representative will also determine
the disability programs for which you may be eligible to receive based
on your work history.
Some conditions that may qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits include:
- Lifetime disability
- Permanent disability
- Disabled by pain
- Immune system disorders
- Mental disorders
- Kidney disease
- Hematological disorders
- Neurological disorders
- Respiratory illness
- Cardiovascular conditions
- Musculoskeletal problems
- Senses and speech issues
What is the Social Security Application Process?
If you hire a Social Security disability attorney, they will help you with
your claim, and he or she will guide you through the following process:
Preparation: Preparing a claim, which will include gathering documents and other required
information is an essential part of the claims process. An attorney can
help gather the documentation needed to substantiate your claim, such
as personal information (including information on your children or spouse);
military information, if applicable; IRS forms; bank account information;
addresses and phone numbers; detailed medical records and referral; medication
history; a list of prior employment history; and information on other
disability claims, if applicable. You will be required to submit extensive
documentation to the SSA, and determining which information is required
for your claim can be a difficult process. An attorney can help ensure
your claim satisfies the SSA’s requirements, which can help expedite
the application process. He or she can also assist in gathering documents
that you are unable to access on your own.
Communication: An attorney can keep track of the status of your claim, alert you to any
request for new information, and speak with the Social Security Administration
representatives on your behalf to answer questions that may arise regarding
your application. At Wyskiel, Boc, Tillinghast & Bolduc, P.A., we
understand that many applicants work and care for their families and may
not have the time needed to deal with the SSA as it reviews their claim.
Appeal: If your application for benefits was not approved, you may be able to
file an appeal with an attorney. You must file a written request within
60 days of receiving the decision letter. Your claim will then go through
four levels of appeal, including:
Reconsideration: If your initial application for benefits has been denied, your attorney
will file a request for reconsideration. During this stage, a claims examiner
who was not involved in the initial review process will consider your
application. They will take into consideration any new evidence that you
or your attorney have uncovered to supplement your claim. Your attorney
can respond on your behalf to any questions posed by the claim’s
examiner during this stage.
Hearing: If your claim is repeatedly denied, or if you do not agree with the results,
the next step is to request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge
(ALJ). During this stage, your attorney may prepare you for questions
that you could be asked at your hearing; request the judge to subpoena
witnesses vital to proving the legitimacy of your claim; argue your case
before the judge; question witnesses and experts; present new evidence
or information you believe was not reviewed properly; and, if you have
already been awarded benefits, asked the judge to review and reassess
Appeals Council: If the judge’s determination does not suit your needs, and you are
dissatisfied, you could ask for a review by the Social Security Appeals
Council. However, know that the Council is not required to grant you another
hearing. If you are granted a secondary determination, your case may be
resolved or presented to the ALJ. If the latter occurs, your attorney
will essentially have to repeat the steps taken in the initial hearing.
Federal Court: If your claim is denied for review in front of an ALJ, or if you disagree
with the Appeals Council’s decision, you can file a lawsuit in Federal
Need help filing your claim or making an appeal? Call our Dover Social
Security Disability lawyer today to schedule your free case evaluation at
(603) 742-5222. Same-day appointments