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    How to Start Your Disability Application the Right Way

    When your health has taken a turn, and you can’t work anymore, Social Security Disability benefits provide financial relief, letting you worry less about money and focus on more important things in life.

    But one thing stands between you and benefits: the application for Social Security Disability.

    It involves pages of forms, lots of medical records, and you telling the story of how your health problems make it impossible to work. To qualify for disability benefits, you have to prove you have a severe impairment, and you’re unable to work.

    The Social Security Disability system makes it hard to win benefits. A large majority of people who apply are denied on their initial application.

    A Social Security Disability lawyer can help. But not every disability lawyer will help you complete your initial application for benefits. Some will tell you to apply for disability on your own, and they’ll help after you’re denied.

    Louisiana residents can get professional help from the very beginning of their disability application from Empower Disability.

    Empower Disability is a Louisiana-based team of Social Security Disability lawyers with more than 40 years of combined experience handling disability claims.

    Working with Empower Disability gives you reassurance that someone experienced is taking care of your disability claim.

    In Kenner, Metairie, New Orleans, Chalmette, Gretna, Marrero, Houma, the Northshore, Hammond, and anywhere in Louisiana, give us a call for help with your initial disability benefits application.

    You don’t pay any fee for an attorney until your benefits are approved.

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    What You Need When You First Apply for Social Security Disability

    Before you sit down with the forms you have to fill out to get Social Security Disability benefits, it can be helpful to gather all the information you’ll need.

    Here is a rundown of the kinds of information Social Security will ask you:

    • Jobs you’ve held for the past 15 years, even those jobs where you worked for cash or were self-employed
    • Explanation of what those jobs required you to be able to do
    • Description of the health problems that force you to stop working (documents showing your diagnosis)
    • The date when you first had to stop working
    • Any dates you tried to return to work but had to stop
    • Details and medical records about the severity of your symptoms
    • Medical evidence that shows the kinds of treatment you’ve been receiving
    • What your daily life is like, and how your health limits you

    When you fill out forms to apply for Social Security Disability, you need to be thorough—answer every question.

    You also need correct information, because errors found later could hurt your claim.

    You need to be blunt. This isn’t like a job application you may have done before, where you explain your experiences in glowing terms. Don’t hold back on how your medical conditions make your everyday life harder.

    Having an attorney to represent you during the initial application will help you understand how to explain all of your limitations and how they prevent you from holding a job.

    But it’s not a time to exaggerate, either. Later on, if you have to take your claim before a disability judge, they’ll be able to see if you’re overstating the effects of your health problems.

    For a better idea of what your application for disability benefits could involve, you can talk to Empower Disability for an initial review of your situation, free of charge.

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    How a Social Security Lawyer Helps You Apply for Disability Benefits

    So you’re not feeling well enough to work, but the application for Social Security Disability is a lot of work in itself.

    You may feel like you don’t have the energy for this. Or maybe you have the type of condition that makes it hard to concentrate and keep all the details straight.

    When it comes to filing for disability benefits, a disability lawyer can step in and give you strength in the areas where your strength is low.

    A lot of the questions are confusing too. A disability lawyer will help you understand what Social Security Administration is really asking. They can make sure you don’t make a mistake.

    This is what a disability attorney does as you apply for benefits:

    • Asks you the right questions to get the information that Social Security needs
    • Works with your medical providers to gather the right records and evidence of your health condition
    • Helps you fill out the forms correctly
    • Stays on top of Social Security’s rules, steps and deadlines, so you don’t miss something
    • Makes a legal strategy before you have to go to a judge and on appeal
    • Handles any problems that come up with your application
    • Keeps you updated and informed about the status of your application
    • Makes sure, in the end, that you get paid the correct amount each month in disability benefits

    A major reason to work with a disability lawyer is to make the process easier for you.

    But you’ve got to find a lawyer who will help from your first application, and not just when you need to appeal a denial.

    Let Empower Disability give you the power to move forward.

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    Empower Disability Helps from Beginning to End

    Are you just starting to look into disability benefits? Do you need to file an application? Have you already filed and been denied? No matter where you are, Empower Disability can help.

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    Get Answers to Your Disability Benefits Questions

    The Social Security Disability system can seem cold, complicated and uncaring. You’ll have a lot of questions but not always fast answers. At Empower Disability, taking care of you is our mission. We’ve prepared answers to some of the most frequent disability benefits questions.

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    What Are Empower Disability Clients Saying?

    “Honestly they were the best and made me feel like I was family. . . . (My attorney) had to be the most caring attorney ever. . . . I’m forever thankful.”

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