How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

When should I seek representation for my disability claim?

The time you should seek professional representation for your disability claim really depends on you. The reasons for seeking representation are as varied as the individuals who apply for Social Security Disability.

If you are able to complete an initial disability interview on your own and by that I mean you are able to provide your personal information, medical treatment, and types of work your performed prior to becoming disabled, you should be able to handle it without the help of a Social Security representative or lawyer.

The same really goes for your reconsideration appeal if your initial claim is denied. You can file your reconsideration online or you can complete and return paper forms to your local Social Security office. Basically, the reconsideration appeal is just an update of your medical information, so it is fairly easy to complete. Just remember you have sixty days to get the appeal back to your local Social Security office from the date of your denial notice.

On the other hand, if you have disabling conditions that might affect your ability to complete the necessary paperwork. For example, if you have a mental condition that causes you to have significant problems with memory, you might want to seek representation with your initial disability claim so they can handle your disability claim and/or your reconsideration appeal if your initial claim is denied.

It is most advisable to seek the services of a competent Social Security representative or lawyer with your hearing appeal. If your initial disability claim and reconsideration appeal have been denied, it is safe to assume you do not have a disability claim that is a clear-cut approval. You are going to need the services of someone who understands Social Security law and medical vocational guidelines to present your case to an administrative law judge. They will present the medical and vocational evidence that supports a finding of disability and they can present it in an objective non-emotional manner.

Most disability applicants are in dire financial straits by the time they get to their hearing and they need someone that can improve their chance of being approved.

In summary, if you are capable of handling your initial disability claim and/or reconsideration, there is no problem in seeing what your decisions are. If you are not able to keep up with things, by all means seek out the services of representative to help you with your initial and/or reconsideration appeal. No matter what you decide to do with your initial claim or reconsideration appeal, you should get representation for your disability hearing appeal. After all, your goal is to win your disability claim, so you should do what you can to improve your chances of being approved.

Essential Questions

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Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

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Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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