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Can my State Representative Help me With my Social Security Disability Case?

Yes, you can get assistance from an elected representative on a social security disability or SSI disability case, but the representative wouldn't be state level. What you're actually referring to is something known as a congressional inquiry.

How does a congressional inquiry work? You can contact your district congressman and ask one of their staffers to make an inquiry into your pending case. I should point out that this is, typically, only potentially helpful if your claim is at the disability hearing level. In other words, you have requested a hearing and are waiting on a hearing date. That's where the system really bogs down and waits of up to 2 years for a hearing are not at all unusual. You can request a congressional inquiry if your case is pending at the level of an application for disability, or at the reconsideration appeal.

But, speaking as a former disability examiner, it was my observation that the effect of this was practically nil. That's simply because there really isn't anything to "expedite" at that level of the system. The biggest wait for a case at that level has to do with medical records and, for the most part, a disability examiner simply has to wait for medical providers to comply with the records requests.

At the disability hearing level, a hearing request can be expedited under certain circumstances, however, such as for dire need. However, you don't need to contact a politician for a dire need request. You can have your attorney send a dire need request for an expedite to the hearing office director.

It's been my observation that, at this level, congressional inquiries are sometimes just as nonproductive as at the lower levels. However, sometimes they will get a hearing scheduled faster. And for a claimant who's edging toward financial collapse, even getting to a hearing a couple of months sooner can make all the difference.

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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