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

Should I get a lawyer for my disability case?

This is a question that many people ask themselves when they are considering a disability claim. Most know that lawyers may help win disability claims, however most do not when or if they should hire a lawyer for their own disability claims.

The answer to this question can be different for disability applicants. For example, if you are filing for disability on the basis of a terminal condition or your disabling condition is on the list of compassionate disability allowances (you can find the list on ssa.gov), you most definitely do not need a lawyer to win your disability case.

Additionally, if you require chronic dialysis, you do not need a lawyer to win your case, as it is an automatic allowance for disability.

In fact, for most disability applicants I suggest that you file a disability claim without representation to see if the merits of your disability claim are enough for an approval. I might even suggest that you file your own reconsideration appeal prior to getting the services of a lawyer.

There really is no sense in giving up any of your potential back pay of disability benefits and you would have to pay your representation fee whether the lawyer actually helped win your case or not.

Of course, there are always exceptions to this advice. If you are not able to complete the disability application by phone, online, or in person, you may need the help of a lawyer to make sure your disability claim is filed and any future appeals are filed timely.

I know personally of one situation where a highly intelligent computer engineer was denied after filing a disability claim online but failed to file the disability appeal within the 60 day deadline. This occurred because the individual assumed that since he did not finish the online application (he spent too much time trying to reconstruct his medical history) that the denial was in error.

In truth, he had been denied and, due to a bad assumption, had not filed a timely appeal. Outcome: he had to start over with a new claim and had basically wasted about 5 months of processing time. Though this individual was educated and intelligent, his poor assumption disadvantaged him and he would have benefited from simply having a disability lawyer handle his case.

If your disability claim is not approved at the initial or reconsideration level of the disability process, it is definitely time to consider the services of a competent Social Security lawyer who is familiar with Social Security Disability case law and medical vocation guidelines.

If you have not been approved prior to a hearing, your case is not a clear approval for disability. You will need a lawyer to argue the facts of your disability case in a way that is favorable to your winning your disability case. You are simply more likely to be approved at a disability hearing if you have representation.

Essential Questions

What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?

Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?

How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?

Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

Receiving a Disability Award Letter

Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability

Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

Applying for disability in your state

Most popular topics on SSDRC.com

Social Security Disability SSI Questions

The listings, list of disabling impairments

Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?

Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials

How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?

How to apply for disability for a child or children

Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application

Filing for disability - when to file

How to apply for disability - where to apply

Qualifications for disability benefits

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits

Qualifying for Disability - The Process

How to get disability for depression

Getting disability for fibromyalgia

SSI disability for children with ADHD

What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?

Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips

More Social Security Disability SSI Questions

Social Security Disability SSI definitions

What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?

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How will an attorney help me win disability benefits?
Disability lawyers with high success rates
Disability lawyer win rates
What Will a Disability Lawyer Do to Win a Social Security Case?
When will a disability lawyer decide to take your case?
Can a Lawyer Speed Up My Disability Case?
Will I Qualify For Disability Benefits in Missouri?
Missouri disability lawyer
Apply for Social Security Disability in Missouri
Applying for SSI in Missouri
Will I Qualify for Social Security Disability in Missouri?
How much does it cost to get a disability lawyer in Missouri?
If you apply for disability in Texas
Disability requirements in Texas
Qualifying For Disability in Texas

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

Do I need an attorney to win disability?
How Long Does It Take To Go Before A Judge For Disability?
Will a Judge give you an Immediate Decision at the Disability Hearing?
What happens when you go to a disability hearing?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical conditions
Social Security Disability lawyer fee
Can a lawyer or attorney speed up my disability case?
When can I expect my first disability check and my back pay check?
Going to a medical exam for Social Security Disability or SSI
Filing for disability - How to file the disability application
Do you need a lawyer to file for disability?
How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?
Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
The Social Security Disability Award Letter
Social Security Disability SSI Eligibility Requirements
How Many Times Will you be denied before You Get Approved for Disability?
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
How to Prove disability and qualify to win benefits
How to speed up the disability process
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes
What should you say if you go to a Social Security Exam?
Maximum back pay you can get from Social Security Disability or SSI
How to qualify for disability
What is the Social Security Disability List of Impairments?
What is considered a disability by Social Security?
How Long Does A Social Security Disability Appeal Take?
How does back pay for Social Security Disability work?
Your Social Security Disability Status
How do you find out if a disability claim has been approved or denied?
How to check Social Security Disability Status
Applying for disability, what medical conditions can you apply for?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
How much does disability pay?
Can I get permanent Social Security Disability or SSI?
How long will it take to get a disability decision letter?
Social Security Disability and SSI Medical Exams
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security Disability?
How Long to get a Disability Hearing decision?
How long to get disability benefits after you receive an award notice?
Social Security Disability and Working
What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?
How To Get Disability Through SSDI or SSI Approved
How Much Income Can A Person Earn If He Draws Social Security Disability?
Partial disability benefits from Social Security
Can I Qualify For Disability for Depression?

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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