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

Will a Disability Lawyer decline taking your disability case?

In the previous post, I spoke about an individual (Phil) who managed to eventually win disability benefits after four years of trying. Evidently, from his post, he had tried to get representation, but had been declined (obviously, whoever he spoke to underestimated his case since he later won).

Do disability lawyers (and non attorney representatives) sometimes decline taking cases? Yes, this does happen.

When it comes to disability representatives (lawyers and non lawyers), there are actually two extremes: those who take any and every case, and those who are extreeeeemmmmmely selective and only choose cases that are "guaranteed winners". There are actually arguments to support both approaches.

Representatives who are extremely selective about who they take on are sometimes viewed as weeding out cases that have little merit and might otherwise "clog up" the system. However, attorneys and non attorneys can sometimes be too selective and this can be to the detriment of claimants who would benefit from qualified representation. It can also be to the detriment of representatives who deny themselves the opportunity to win cases that do not fit in the "slam dunk" category.

By contrast, representatives who take every single disability case they can are sometimes derided as "operating mills", taking cases that have questionable merit and which may, from one point of view, contribute to the slow movement of all disability claims that are pending in the system.

However, reps who use this approach, while they may not win 90 percent of their cases, still win about seventy percent of them. And, obviously, this benefits both the representative and the claimant. The "shotgun approach" gives claimants whose cases were declined by others a chance.

The point of this post? If you are interested in seeking representation on a Social Security Disability claim and are refused by one or more representatives, don't give up. Chances are, if you keep looking you'll find a lawyer or non attorney who will gladly take your case and attempt to win it for you.

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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

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.

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