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
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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 ó how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
Should you ask a Disability Lawyer About Their Win Rate and How Many Cases They get Approved?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
There are many questions to ask a potential social security disability representative (who can be a disability lawyer or a non-attorney) before signing with them to provide representation on your claim. Examples of good starting questions would be:
1. What is the fee for representation? (answer: Social Security Disability Lawyers - Fees and Representation Information).
2. How long does a disability appeal take? (answer: How long does it take to appeal a disability case?).
3. What does a disability lawyer do to help a claim? (What does a Social Security Disability Lawyer or Representative do for your claim?).
3. What does preparation for a disability hearing include? (Preparing for a Disability Hearing to Win Social Security or SSI Benefits ).
4. How likely is it that the case will be won at the hearing level if a hearing becomes necessary? (answer: What are the chances of winning a social security disability or SSI hearing?).
If you are speaking with a possible representative to handle your social security disability or SSI disability claim, should you ask about their win rate? You can, but the answer would, most likely be meaningless. If the representative were to tell you that they have a 90-99 percent win ratio, this would mean nothing if it turned out that the only cases they took were those that were sure winners.
Note: This happens to be very true for many lawfirms that advertise exceptionally high win rates as they heavily screen the claimants who contact them and only take that A) Those cases that will be decided by a federal judge at a social security hearing and B) Those cases in which the chances of losing are fairly low, assuming that the case has been properly prepared and is properly presented before an ALJ (administrative law judge).
Conversely, there are excellent attorneys and non-attorney reps who have a lower win ratio (say, 75 percent) who provide optimal and even superior representation but have a lower win ratio because they do not "cherry pick" their cases.
Claimants who are seeking representation on a disability claim should really be wary of lawyers, firms, and companies that advertise incredibly high win ratios because, in reality, this may have little to do with the quality of the representation they provide or their ability to win a case that requires more work and more development...versus a case that is simply a hands down winner and which may not even require representation.
One of the best barometers for choosing a disability lawyer or representative is simply whether or not they specialize solely in disability claims. Such individuals are more likely to know the SSA system intimately and are also more likely to be familiar with the tendencies of the individual judges (ALJs, or administrative law judges) at the social security hearings offices where their client's cases are heard.
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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