As you consider seeking Social Security Disability, it's important that you understand all parts of the process. Many people are denied the first time they apply for this payment, because the forms or applications aren't filled out correctly. Having your Social Security Disability denied doesn't mean you have to go without it; you can appeal or reapply for the service.
Most importantly, when you're going without money due to your disability, you need your payment quickly. Going through the correct legal steps aids in the process. For example, with legal help, you can be sure you fill out the paperwork correctly and don't miss a deadline.
If you do have your application for Social Security Disability denied, then you need to look into the appeal process. Appeals need to be completed within a specific period of time in New Hampshire, and if you don't appeal, you could lose your ability to apply for disability for some time.
When preparing an appeal, you'll have to go to a hearing with an administrative law judge. At that presentation, you need to have your medical evidence ready. You could be denied again at that point, but if so, you can take your appeals as far as the federal courts.
Interestingly, you can make it so your workers' compensation and disability benefits are paid to your beneficiary. If there are other kinds of benefits you may qualify for, you may be able to apply for them, too.
Source: Boynton Waldron, "Portsmouth Social Security Disability Attorney" Sep. 17, 2014