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
Should I get a representative for my disability claim ?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
Some disabled individuals do not actually need to consider attorney representation for their disability claim until the hearings level of appeal (i.e. the social security disability hearing). That being said, however, some disability applicants are not able to handle their paperwork or file the appeal in a timely manner. In fact, a significant percentage of claimants fail to file their paperwork in a way that gives them the most advantage and many fail to submit all their required forms by the deadline. The effect of missing a deadline, of course, is that a claimant may have to start over with a new claim which amounts to wasting months of valuable time. Consequently some disability applicants will need to have a representative at the initial claim or reconsideration appeal level.
Should you get a representative? When considering this question, you should do whatever works for you. You do not have to have a representative at any step in the process. You do not even have to have a representative at the hearing level. However, with regard to hearings, you should consider the fact that an average individual knows nothing about Social Security law.
If you will be attending a disability hearing, you should certainly be prepared and attempt to maximize your chance of winning (especially since it can take 1-2 years to get a hearing scheduled). Like all hearings, of course, (not just disability hearings) it is usually wise to have a representative who is familiar with the law, in this case social security law.
In fact, statistics seem to indicate that SSD and SSI disability claims with representation have as much as a fifty percent higher approval rate than those that do not.
Getting a Social Security Disability Representative for your case
What is the Role of a Social Security Disability Representative?
Why does Representation increase the win ratio at a Social Security Disability or SSI Hearing?
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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