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Can disability claims be approved at the reconsideration appeal with an attorney?
A Social Security Disability or SSI claim can be approved on a reconsideration appeal with or without an attorney. Typically, whether or not a person has representation at this level will make very little difference. That's because when a representative is involved in a case, the bulk of what they will do occurs at the hearing level.
A disability lawyer at the hearing or a non-attorney representative at the hearing will obtain a claimant's medical records.
Note: Social Security also gathers records but stops doing this once a claim gets past the reconsideration appeal level. Which means that claimants who get to hearings unaware of this fact will have very outdated medical records in their file and practically no chance of winning unless they or a disability representative, such as a lawyer or non-attorney, has gotten the most recent record medical records to add to the file.
A disability lawyer or non-attorney representative will also usually attempt to get one or more statements from an individual's doctor or doctors. These statements are known as medical source statements or residual functional capacity forms.
Social Security uses an RFC form to indicate the ways in which a person is affected by their medical conditions, be they physical or mental. And the medical source statement that is obtained by a disability attorney serves the same purpose at a disability hearing before an administrative law judge. Very often, the medical source statement provides what is needed to prove that the individual is disabled according to the SSA rules and definition of disability.
There are many cases in which a disability representative will do substantial work at the reconsideration appeal level. But in other cases, a disability representative will do relatively little at this stage of the process. Simply because there really isn't much to do. The reconsideration appeal is mainly just a quick rehashing of the disability application. Not much is new, either to do or consider.
All this said, many individuals will still benefit from getting representation before the disability hearing level simply for one reason. That reason is that most reconsiderations (over 80 percent) are usually denied; therefore one might as well be represented and ready to have their representative request a disability hearing.
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How will a disability attorney help me win?
Will a disability lawyer improve my chances of winning?
Will I be approved for disability on my appeal?
Can you be approved for disability without having to go to a hearing?
Questions about disability lawyers at hearings
Why does it take so long to wait for a disability hearing
Chances of winning on the disability reconsideration
SSI Disability Appeal works better than a new claim
The list of differences between Social Security Disability and SSI
Can you speed up a disability claim?
Should I get a lawyer if I have already filed for disability?
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 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?