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Hiring a Qualified Disability Lawyer in Mississippi

Claimants who are represented on disability claims in Mississippi 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

People filing for disability in Mississippi are less likely to win their case than most people across the country.

In recent years, only 27.2% of social security disability (SSD) and supplemental security income (SSI) disability claims filed in Mississippi were denied by the Mississippi state disability determination services agency were approved. This is well below the national average. Only about 7 percent of all disability appeals (also called a request for review or reconsideration) filed in Mississippi are successful.

In fact, Mississippi has one of the lowest disability approval ratings of all the states. Given these statistics, itís a near certainty that if you file for SSD or SSI benefits in Mississippi you will be turned down by the state disability examiner not once but twice. It is highly likely that, in order to win your case, you will have to file a second appeal, which involves a request to appear before a federal administrative law judge (ALJ). You definitely want to get a good disability attorney to represent you at this proceeding.

Mississippi disability applicants stand their best chance of winning benefits from an ALJ. Nationwide, studies have shown that about 40 percent of all cases heard before an ALJ are approved, and those who wish to increase their chances even more would be wise to get a disability attorney to present their case before the judgeódisability cases are up to 50 percent more likely to result in a favorable decision when they are presented by an attorney.

In fact, since the climate in Mississippi is so unfavorable to those seeking disability, it is really a necessity to have legal counsel at this level of consideration, if not sooner in the process.

A good disability attorney or non-attorney claimant representative (non-attorney reps are often former employees of the social security administration [SSA] who know the disability determination process inside out) will review your case, determine what medical documentation or tests should be provided to the disability examiner or judge to demonstrate that your physical or mental condition is ongoing and truly disabling, and can help gather the physician notes or records needed to bolster your case.

Some disability attorneys will not take on a disability case in its early stages, and will only get involved if the case is due to appear before a judge. There are others, however, who will stay with a claimant from start to finish, and if you live in Mississippi, you may want to consider retaining, or at least consulting with a disability attorney at the outset of your case.

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    How long does it take for Social Security Disability or SSI?

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    Tips, Mistakes, How to Qualify, and How to Win Disability

    Tips and Advice for Social Security Disability and SSI Claims

    Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

    Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify for Disability Benefits

    Winning Social Security Disability or SSI, How to Win

    Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative

    What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

    Social Security Disability and SSI Appeal Process - How to file appeals

    Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney

    Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits

    SSI Disability Benefits, Questions and Answers

    Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability

    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

    Disability Benefits through Social Security

    Information to start with regarding Disability Claims

    An Overview of Social Security Disability and SSI

    What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?

    The Disability Requirements to be eligible for SSD and SSI Benefits

    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    Social Security Disability and SSI Applications

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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

    These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

    Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
    How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
    Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
    What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
    How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
    How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
    Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
    Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria