After learning you are unable to work due to a disability, you may come in contact with a number of professionals. In this article, we will take a close look at three experts who are important to the success of your disability claim: vocational experts, medical providers, and disability lawyers.
Vocational Experts Are Important to Your Disability Claim Because …
They serve as expert witnesses at hearings about your Social Security Disability Insurance claim. One of the most important SSDI eligibility requirements is that you be unable to work due to a disability. A vocational expert can provide up-to-date information about the current job market, as well as:
- Whether you can resume your previous job duties.
- What job skills you currently have.
- If you have any job skills that transfer to a different type of job.
- How your medical condition might disqualify you from certain types of jobs.
This expert’s testimony gives administrative law judges, members of the Appeals Council, or federal judges the information they need to make a decision on your disability claim.
Medical Providers Offer Crucial Information to Support Your Disability Claim
It is unlikely your disability claim will be approved without medical evidence. Proof of your disability may come in the form of lab tests, x-rays, and other diagnostic tests. In fact, the Social Security Administration (“Social Security”) lists the type of proof needed in its Listing of Impairments. However, some of the most important evidence will come from your medical providers.
Doctors, technicians, therapists, and other medical staff can provide notes and reports on your condition. This type of evidence may go a long way toward swaying Social Security in the right direction concerning your disability claim.
Medical providers may play a part in getting your disability claim approved. But there is someone else who can stand side-by-side every step of the way.
A Disability Lawyer Offers Crucial Legal Support
Lawyers are highly trained professionals. However, an attorney who specializes in estate planning or criminal defense may not be the best person to handle your disability claim. Instead, consider hiring a disability lawyer.
Disability attorneys typically have received additional training that helps them represent clients like you who need help with their disability claims. Also, an attorney who has handled other disability cases already knows how the system works.
Learn More About Applying for Disability Benefits
The application process can be long and frustrating, so you need someone on your side. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Martin Taller have more than 50 years’ experience. For a free consultation, call us at 714-385-8100. Though our office is located in Anaheim, we assist clients throughout Southern California.