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

How do I get a disability lawyer to take my case?

There are some disability attorneys and representatives who are very selective about the cases they will take. However, many take your claim as long as it is evident that you have at least one medical condition, physical or mental, that satisfies the SSA definition of disability. For this to be the case, your condition must have be severe enough that it has kept you from working and earning a substantial and gainful income for no less than one full year.

Additionally, of course, you must have a record of having received both past and current medical treatment. Past treatment will document your alleged onset of disability and current treatment will show that you meet the Social Security guidelines for a disability approval as of now. If you can show these things, you will generally have no difficulty getting a disability lawyer to take your case.

That said, “when” a disability lawyer will take your case can be a question. Although some lawyers will take an initial disability claim, many representatives wait until a decision has been made before taking a case. The reason being that there is very little they can offer at this level of the disability process and if you are approved they will still be able to collect their representation fee if there is a back payment.

Of course, all disability claimants have their own unique medical situations and if you feel you need a representative for your initial disability claim, you should seek out their services.

All disability applicants have sixty-five days from the date of the denial notice to file their appeal. If a reconsideration appeal is filed late, you have a chance to show there was a good reason for being late. And, you may be able to continue your disability claim with a reconsideration appeal. The same cannot be said for filing your hearing appeal late. You can still submit a reason for late filing at that level, but you are unlikely to be allowed to proceed with your appeal. Administrative law judges routinely dismiss disability claims for late filing and this could have a disastrous effect on your disability claim. You will have to begin the entire disability process again with a new disability claim.

The importance of filing this appeal timely cannot be stressed enough. If your disability claim is denied, a lawyer or representative is helpful in that they will make sure all of your disability appeals are filed timely. Not only does this keep your disability claim going, but it preserves your back payment of benefits.

If you have completed your own initial disability and reconsideration appeal, it would probably be advisable to get a lawyer or representative to help you with your hearing appeal. This appeal is arguably your best chance of winning your disability benefits, therefore you should have someone who knows Social Security rules, regulations, and vocational guidelines helping you present your disability claim to an administrative law judge.

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Related pages:

Find a disability lawyer
Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney
What is the Social Security definition of disability?
How will an attorney help me win disability benefits?
Social Security Notice of Denial, Disability Application or Appeal
The Social Security Disability Denial Letter

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
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?
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?
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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