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

Not all advice is good, and some is even potentially harmful

I hate to be negative about anyone, but one thing that really bothers me is patently bad information. Here's an excerpt of an article whose author (I won't list his name or provide a link to his site because that simply promotes this drivel) should be caned and flogged:

"Instead of having an attorney represent you, bring other qualified individuals to speak on your behalf. This can include your doctor, social worker, and family members. Your family members know the most about your disability."

Oh really? And I suppose family members know what the listing book is, what an RFC is, what the grid entails, what a closed period is, what sga is, and how to evaluate medical evidence in the context of disability adjudication?

When I first read this BS, it was on a syndicated article and I assumed this was just some wayward fool with some myopic misconceptions about how the disability process works. Then, later, I discovered that he has a website with ads plastered all over it. That's when I got irritated.

This person obviously has no clue how the Social Security Disability system works, despite the fact that he has created an entire website devoted to social security and Social Security Disability issues (let me say again: ad revenue--it brings all kinds of creatures out of the woodwork). Most likely, he has done what a dozen other scam artists have done. He's gone to other websites (such as nosscr and my own site) and has gleaned as much information as he can cram into his head in one sitting and has then regurgitated it out onto webpages. Now, sometimes that works and sometimes that doesn't. In this case, it obviously hasn't because this inept creature hasn't a clue.

Saying that you should take a pass on representation and, instead, bring a doctor (good luck trying), family member, or social worker to your hearing is, literally, one of the dumbest "pieces of advice" I've ever read and is pretty much on the same level as stating you should bring a plumber with you to traffic court.

However, for anyone who would choose to believe such advice, here's some more advice that's equally useful:

1. Be late to your hearing.

2. Bring and use a cane even if your impairment does not involve reduced mobility.

3. Eat mexican food before your hearing and endeavor to be flatulent while the administrative law judge is speaking.

These handy tips will be invaluable to the presentation of your case...just as invaluable as bringing a doctor, social worker, or family member to represent you versus a lawyer who has experience with disability claims.

Once again, be wary of what you read.

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?

New and featured pages on SSDRC.com

Who can help me file for disability?

Related pages:

How long does a request for a disability hearing appeal take?
Tips, how to apply for disability
How long does it take to get a disability approval letter?
Disability requirements and how to file in Texas
Appealing a Denial with a Hearing Before an ALJ (Administrative Law Judge)
Applying for Disability - Rules and Requirements
SSI Back Pay after being Approved
Can they take my Social Security Disability away?
Can you Refuse to go to a Social Security Medical Examination?
Applying for disability, medical conditions
What Conditions Qualify For Social Security Disability?

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

What Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
Disability for a mental condition
Tips for Filing for disability
Financial Help Filing For Disability
Checklist for filing for disability, SSI or SSD
Qualifying for disability benefits, how to qualify for SSD or SSI
Filing a disability application: the steps
Disability award notice, how long it takes to get benefits
How to Apply for Disability - Where do I go?
What makes you eligible to get disability?
How to check my disability claim status?
Can a disability attorney speed up a disability case?
SSI disability Award Letter
How long to get approved for disability?
How to apply for disability benefits
How long does disability back pay take?
What are qualifications for getting disability?
What medical conditions can you file disability for?
Disability Lawyer help questions
Social Security Attorneys, Disability Representatives

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.

To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.