How Likely are You to Win Your Disability Case?
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
Tips for filing a disability claim
What is the Purpose of the Social Security Disability SSI Medical Exam, or CE?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of benefits
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
Can You Get Approved For Social Security Disability If You Do Not Take Medication Or Go To a Doctor?
Filing an Application for Disability Benefits
How Long Does It Take To Get Disability Benefits?
Qualifying: What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability?
Getting Social Security Disability Help for your Case
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
It goes without saying that some, if not many, people need help in applying for social security disability (SSD) or SSI. People coping with chronic mental or painful physical symptoms are not always up to the often daunting task of filing and pursuing a disability claim to its conclusion, which may very well be years after the date of the initial filing.
Fortunately, help is available to those who need assistance in filing and/or handling disability claims. Some sources to consider are:
1. Social Workers. Hospitals, adult care facilities, and the local social services department and even the county and state health departments all employ social workers who may be able to help with the applications process and help direct or refer the claimant to others who may be of further assistance as the case progresses.
2. Independent Disability Advocates. Some independent living centers offer free assistance to those who wish to apply for SSD or SSI benefits. The services offered by independent advocates widely varies; some may offer assistance in getting disability applications started, while others may offer to advocate for claimants at their hearings. However, given the fact that the social security disability hearing is generally the “last stand,” for a claimant, arrived at only after the initial application and request for reconsideration have been denied, it may be worthwhile to hire a professional disability lawyer at this point, rather than opting for free legal representation.
3. Disability Representatives. Many disability lawyers and non-attorney representatives offer their services only after a claimant has filed and been denied. Some, however, will represent a claimant throughout their entire disability case beginning with the initial claim (i.e. the disability application). Some representatives will even assist a claimant with the actual initial filing of their claim.
Answers to questions about representation can be found here:
Social Security Disability Representation - Disability Lawyers and Representatives
Return to: SSDRC, or the Questions, Answers, Tips, and Advice page
Individual Questions and Answers
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