Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

Disability Applications

Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

Disability Attorneys- Will they do your forms for you?

What services do Social Security disability attorneys and non-attorney representatives provide for their clients? Some Social Security disability attorneys and non-attorney representatives help their clients file their initial claim. However, most attorneys and non-attorney representatives do not get involved with Social Security disability claims until the appeal process. What do I mean by disability appeals process?

If your initial disability claim is denied, you can file an appeal to disagree with the decision made by the state disability-processing agency. This is the agency that handles decision-making on Social security disability and SSI claims (usually called DDS, or disability determination services) and this is where your claim is sent after it is has been taken in a local social security office. The state disability agency is also where disability examiners, the individuals who are assigned to process disability claims, are located.

There are three levels of appeal within the Social Security disability process; reconsideration, hearings appeal, and appeals council review (there is an appeal step that involves federal district court but this is not part of the social security administration).

Your attorney or non-attorney representative generally fills out all of the appeals forms for you. However, your representative may send you disability medical forms and medical release forms to fill out and return to them. Of course, some attorneys and non-attorney representatives fill out the paper work for their clients, if necessary.

Since Social Security is moving towards a total electronic disability file, it may be more advantageous for you or your representative to file your Social Security disability forms online on the Social Security Administration website. In the future, entire initial disability claims and disability appeals may be done online, although that is not possible at this time.

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

Related pages:

Social Security Disability Medical Evaluation Form, Can A Doctor Be Forced to Complete One?
Disability Attorneys- Will they do your forms for you?
What to do (forms to complete) if you receive a Denial on a Social Security Disability or SSI Case
How does a Medical Source Statement (RFC Form) help win a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim?
What Forms will I need to Complete when I apply for disability?
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