Pursuing Benefits from Programs to Which You Have Contributed

Pursuing Benefits from Programs to Which You Have Contributed

People who work must contribute to social entitlement programs through taxes. By law, you must pay your fair share into these programs either by deducting the taxes yourself or by having them withheld from your paychecks.

You may think nothing of your contributions until you must draw on those benefits yourself. At that point, you may realize that making a claim for money that you paid in can be extremely difficult and emotionally wrenching. When you want to pursue social program payments, entitlements through the state or federal government, and supplemental security income Vancouver plaintiffs like you could make the process easier by retaining legal help first.

Gathering Evidence

Judges and mediators in court almost appear to have a duty to turn down first-time applicants who petition for these benefits. The denials may be unfair to many people. However, they may be necessary to curb fraud and theft from the program.

When you want to prove that you are genuinely disabled and cannot work, you may need to go beyond representing yourself before the judge and instead allow a lawyer who specializes in disability and Social Security law to help you. Your lawyer can gather evidence to bolster your claim and show that you are not attempting to defraud the system but rather legitimately need the income to support yourself.

The evidence that the lawyer gathers can be anything from medical records to subpoenaed testimony from doctors and nurses who can attest to your illness or injury. When the judge sees the proof backing up your application for benefits, he or she may decide in your favor faster.

Representation before the Judge

Explaining your disability to a judge can be a nerve wracking experience. You may not be able to explain in detail what is wrong with you or why you cannot go back to work to earn an income. You may even be embarrassed about your health and not want to divulge it in crude details.

Your lawyer can represent you during the court appearance and explain to the judge the extent of your medical injury or illness. Your lawyer can put it in terms that are legally appropriate and convincing so that the judge can render a fair decision and award you the benefits that you deserve. You may even be entitled to a settlement of back disability payments.