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Hiring a Qualified Disability Lawyer in Kansas




Claimants who are represented on disability claims in Kansas tend to have a higher rate of approval, a need for fewer appeals, and more favorable "dates of onset" (the date the disability is proven to have begun) that lead to higher back pay benefits.

Representation may be through a disability lawyer or a specialized non-attorney disability representative. Many non-attorney reps are former Social Security Administration Claims Specialists and Disability Examiners with an extended history of working from within the federal system.

A qualified disability representative will have a knowledge of Social Security administrative law, particularly with regard to how claims are approved through the Social Security listings and the medical vocational grid rules. A qualified and competent disability representative or lawyer will also be skilled in the ability to obtain the most relevant case evidence, analyze it correctly, and incorporate it as part of a winning strategy for a claim.



To learn about fees for representation, see: "How do disability lawyers get paid?"


Additional information

Most Kansas state residents filing for Social Security Disability (SSD) or supplemental security income (SSI) find that filing for disability benefits is a time-consuming, frustrating process. It is no easy task to win SSD/SSI benefits. In fact, less than one third of all applicants filing for disability in Kansas were approved in recent years, and more than 8 out of 10 reconsideration appeals filed with the Kansas state disability determination services (DDS) were successful.

While these figures may seem disheartening, they are not provided here to discourage those who are physically or mentally unable to earn a living from filing for SSD/SSI assistance. Instead, those filing for disability benefits in Kansas should keep in mind that, while there are those who are quickly approved for benefits (within three to four months of the initial application), these cases are in the minority, and it is even less likely that DDS will overturn a decision of one of its disability examiners.

If you live in Kansas, and your application for disability has been denied, and you have had no success with your reconsideration appeal, you should definitely meet with an attorney or non-attorney representative (a non-attorney representative is someone, often a former employee of the social security administration, who, though not an attorney, is qualified to advocate for disability applicants).

Therefore, if you are filing for SSD or SSI in New York, it is definitely worth your time to consult a disability lawyer before your case is heard before an administrative judge, if not sooner.








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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.