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
Social Security Disability Representation and Falling Short
I was speaking to someone I know who works as a field office CR, or claims rep. Claims reps--for those who are unaware--are the individuals who take in disability applications at social security offices and then transmit them to the state agency that actually does the medical evaluation of the claim (usually called DDS, or disability determination services, this is where the case is assigned to a disability examiner). This particular CR was telling me that they had begun to receive some claims from a newer non-attorney representation company that takes cases nationally and their "take" on the company was not favorable. In what way?
Well several, actually.
1) The paperwork they turn in to social security tends to be shoddy and somewhat incomplete.
2) They are difficult to get return calls from.
3) They make it very difficult for the social security administration to contact the claimant.
Number 3 is what I want to focus on. Individuals who obtain representation on a Social Security Disability claim or SSI disability claim sign something known as form SSA-1696. The 1696 is used to notify the social security administration that a claimant is being represented. Once the 1696 is received by SSA, SSA is put on notice to A) send copies of all correspondence to the representative (so that the claimant and the representative each stay on the same page) and B) to (theoretically) get permission from the representative prior to contacting the claimant.
This particular company apparently makes it impossible for the social security administration to contact the claimant. Now, there is a reasoning behind this. Protecting the claimant's interests can be facilitated by making sure that the representative is the first line of contact. However, blocking social security's access to the claimant only makes sense if the representative actually stays on the ball.
In other words, if social security needs information about the claimant's work history and the representative won't allow social security to get the information directly from the claimant, then the representative needs to quickly obtain this information themselves so it can quickly be returned to social security.
Sadly, that is not what this company does. At the same time that they impede contact between SSA and the client they also take far too much time to respond to information requests. In other words, they fall short of what they should do to make sure the processing of the claim is not delayed. Suffice it to say, this is not a standard to conform to.
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?
How to file for disability in Kentucky
Social Security Disability Activities of Daily Living Questionaire
How Much Does Social Security Deduct From my Benefits if I work?
Reasons not to go to a Social Security Disability Video Hearing
Winning at a Social Security Disability Hearing
What is usually the status of your Social Security Disability or SSI case?
Forms to appeal a Social Security Disability denial
Forms to complete when filing, applying for disability
Eligibility for disability and who qualifies
Can if I win disability if I file for back problems?
How much SS backpay do you get?
Disability approvals over age 50
How to file for disability in Arkansas
Filing for disability with alcoholism
Filing for disability with hypermobility
How to file for disability in Delaware
Can You Get Disability Benefits If You Were Self-Employed?
Developmental Delay and Filing for Disability
These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits
Getting a disability approval
How to appeal disability denial
Disability hearing results
Helpful tips for going to Social Security Disability hearing
SSDI hearing decision
Denied Social Security Disability now what
Social Security Disability appeal status
Social Security Disability appeal attorney fees
I was denied Social Security Disability for the 2nd time
What happens after a disability hearing has been held
How long does a Social Security Disability judge have to make a ruling?
The Social Security Disability Blue book
How to get an SSDI reconsideration approved?
Conditions that get approved for disability
Social Security Disability back pay status
Denied Social Security Disability appeal
What to say at a disability hearing
Filing for disability with fibromyalgia
Tips for applying for disability
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.