What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Social Security Disability SSI and Degenerative Disc Disease
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability Tips — how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
Is there a way to check the Credentials of a Disability Lawyer?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
You can inquire as to whether or not a disability lawyer is board-certified; however, this is probably a great waste of time. Being board-certified does not mean that the lawyer has a high success rate in handling claims, or even that the lawyer is someone who won't decide to dump your case the day before the hearing (when they've finally gotten around to reviewing your file and medical evidence)---it goes without saying that this is a despicable practice, yet a fair number of disability lawyers do engage in this sort of unprofessional conduct.
What does it take to be board certified as a social security disability lawyer? The lawyer must be in good standing and have a certain minimum amount of practice experience in social security matters and also must be able to verify that they are acquiring continuing legal education (all lawyers must do this on an ongoing basis and CLE credits are hardly taxing).
Rather than being concerned about the credentials of a disability lawyer, the best way to choose a disability lawyer is either to get a referral for one from a person who has actually used the lawyer in the past, or get in touch with the lawyer via some other trusted route.
Getting a disability lawyer off of an ad on tv, however, is very much like taking the Forrest Gump approach: you never really know what you're going to get, and all you'l really know from the very start is that the lawyer could afford to pay for the ad.
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
Special Section: Disability Lawyers and unnecessary claim denials