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Social Security Disability Attorney- do I need one to win my case?

If you are applying for disability with the Social Security Administration, you may wonder if you need to have an attorney to win your disability benefits. The Social Security Administration does not require an individual to have representation in order to be awarded disability benefits. The choice to have a representative lies with the individual who is filing for Social Security disability.

Most individuals are able to file their initial and reconsideration appeals on their own, however some individuals may choose to have an attorney or non-attorney representative file the reconsideration, which is the first disability appeal.

If you have trouble keeping up with paperwork, are worried about missing deadlines, or do not feel comfortable submitting the appeal paperwork yourself, then it may be necessary for you to have representation from the initial claim through the hearings level appeal.

Typically, many claimants do not have an attorney when they first file their claim. However, many will choose to find a representative immediately after receiving their first denial. And the majority of claimants are certainly represented by the time they get to the disability hearing level.

Regarding representation at the hearing level, it can be said that the hearing is somewhat informal. However, like most hearings, it will be wise to have an attorney (or non-attorney), who is familiar with Social Security law. Your attorney will portray the facts of your disability case in a manner that is favorable to your being awarded social security disability or SSI benefits.

Statistically, disability claimants with representation win significantly more often than those who choose to represent themselves at a social security hearing.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

How can I win Social Security Disability benefits?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
What kind of cases win disability benefits?
How Likely are You to Win Your Disability Case?
Winning a Social Security Disability Appeal or SSI Appeal
What Will a Disability Lawyer Do to Win a Social Security Case?
What are the chances of winning a Social Security Disability Benefits hearing?
Preparing for a Disability Hearing to Win Social Security or SSI Benefits
Winning Social Security Disability Benefits For Mental Disorders
Applying for disability based on stroke, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and fatigue

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