The News Journal of Wilmingham, Delaware provides a clear explanation of what an attorney does in a case:
To participate meaningfully means knowing the complex Social Security regulations and what they require for each subcategory of ailment, considered together with the claimant’s age, education and work experience. As one example, a 50-year-old steel worker with an eighth-grade education might be granted benefits, but a psychologist of the same age and physical problems might be justifiably denied benefits, because the latter’s education and work experience will allow sedentary employment.
Applying the standards then leads the experienced attorney to gather and provide helpful medical, vocational and personal information. The Social Security Administration and the judge will not do so on their own. Read entire thoughtful article on this topic here: