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How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

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Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

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Can you change disability lawyers if you are not satisfied?

Yes, you can. At any point in the process of pursuing disability benefits (the application or on an appeal), you can change representation.

However, even if you are dissatisfied with your disability lawyer or non attorney representative, you should be very careful about seeking new representation. In other words, with something as important as who represents your disability claim, don't make this kind of change lightly.

Here's some advice worth considering. If you're thinking of changing who represents you, consider first the reasons why. Nine times out of ten the primary motivation for changing lawyers has to do with a communication issue.

What are communication issues? Not getting status updates from your representative, finding it difficult to get information from your representative, and not getting call backs after messages have been left. All of these issues are, without question, substantial.

However, many disability lawyers and non attorney reps have full hearing schedules and very often this involves traveling to distant hearing sites. For this reason, a disability representative may sometimes seem inaccessible when, in fact, the representative is simply bogged down with a demanding caseload.

None of which is YOUR problem if you can't get what you need from your representative.

So, what do you do? Well, before changing horses in midstream, make another attempt at contact and make sure you leave a message with good return contact information. In other words, let the rep know when you can be reached and where. And, sometimes, of course, the best method of reaching one's representative is simply to make an office visit.

Related: How do you fire a disability attorney?

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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Tips for Getting Disability Approved

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

How and why to check Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability back pay
Non medical requirements for disability
Qualifying for disability, SSD SSI
When does social security consider you eligible for disability benefits?
Who qualifies for SSI?
Forms to complete when filing, applying for disability
How long does SSDI and SSI disability take to get?
Filing for disability with Depression
Can You Get Approved For SSI or SSD Benefits with a Mental Condition
How long for a disability judge to make a decision?
While you are in your disability interview
The SSD and SSI definition of disability
Filing for disability with carpal tunnel syndrome
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Can you work if you get a disability check?
Disability application denied
File for disability, the application
How to get disability benefits
Conditions that get approved for disability
How to Appeal a disability claim denial from Social Security