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Denied Twice for Disability, Will a Congressman be Able to Help?

A questioner wrote the following: "I've been turned down twice and I've been told my next appeal will take even longer. Is there anyone who can help on this? Should I write my congressman?"

It sounds as though your claim may be at the level of a disability hearing before an administrative law judge (you said you had been denied twice and I am assuming you are referring to a denial on an initial claim and a second denial on a request for reconsideration, which is the first appeal available to claimants).

If this is the case, contacting a congressman can have some potential benefits. This would be known as a congressional inquiry and it is conducted by a staff person at a congressman's office. Basically, it simply means that the staffer will contact the hearing office to check the status of a pending request for a hearing. I've seen situations where this can have a favorable effect on the time it takes to schedule a hearing, which, without a doubt, is the one step in the disability evaluation process that consumes the most precious time (I say precious because so many applicants for disability wind up teetering on the financial brink at some point due to the fact that the process is so ridiculously long).

Should you contact a congressman's office if your claim is not at the hearing level, but, say, at the initial claim or reconsideration level? I wouldn't dissuade someone from doing this but, thus far, I haven't really seen evidence that this is helpful or productive. At the hearing level it can potentially move the scheduling of a hearing along faster.

You should also keep in mind that no politician will be able to exert any influence whatsoever on the outcome of a claim. There seems to be a myth out there that this can be done; however, if this was the case then the federal disability system would quickly devolve into something very corrupt and lacking any integrity. So, in brief, no, a congressman cannot help you "win" disability; he or she can typically only move a hearing request through the system faster.

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What Does Social Security Consider To Be a Disability?
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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

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Qualifying for disability eligibility requirements
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Factors involved in Winning SSDI or SSI Claims
Applying for disability with Degenerative Disc Disease
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Social Security medical disability determination process
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
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How Long Does It Take To Get Disability Benefits When You First File?
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