Overview of Disability
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Disability Advice Tips
How long do cases take?
How to win Disability
SSD Mistakes to avoid
Disability for Mental
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Disability through SSA
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How do I qualify for it?
Working and Disability
Disability Award Notice
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Disability Conditions List
What is a disability?
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SSD SSI Definitions
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Should I get a representative for my disability claim?
Some disabled individuals do not actually need to consider attorney representation for a disability claim until the hearings level of appeal (i.e. the social security disability hearing). That being said, however, some disability applicants are not able to handle their paperwork or file the appeal in a timely manner.
In fact, a significant percentage of claimants fail to file their paperwork in a way that gives them the most advantage and many fail to submit all their required forms by the deadline. The effect of missing a deadline, of course, is that a claimant may have to start over with a new claim which amounts to wasting months of valuable time. Consequently some disability applicants will need to have a representative at the initial claim or reconsideration appeal level.
Should you get a representative? When considering this question, you should do whatever works for you. You do not have to have a representative at any step in the process. You do not even have to have a representative at the hearing level. However, with regard to hearings, you should consider the fact that an average individual knows nothing about Social Security law.
If you will be attending a disability hearing, you should certainly be prepared and attempt to maximize your chance of winning (especially since it can take 1-2 years to get a hearing scheduled). Like all hearings, of course, (not just disability hearings) it is usually wise to have a representative who is familiar with the law, in this case social security law.
In fact, statistics seem to indicate that SSD and SSI disability claims with representation have as much as a fifty percent higher approval rate than those that do not.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Should I be Represented by a Lawyer or a Non-Attorney Disability Representative?
What is the Role of a Social Security Disability Representative?
Getting a Social Security Disability Representative for your case
Will an attorney or representative help me win North Carolina disability benefits?
Should I get a disability representative or lawyer in North Carolina?
Claim for SS Disability - What does an attorney or Representative charge?
Responsibilities of the Disability Representative Before and After the Social Security Hearing
Should I Pay a Disability Attorney a 25% Fee?
Filing a second application for disability
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