Overview of Disability
Disability Back Pay
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
SSD SSI Definitions
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Getting Social Security Disability Help for your Case
It goes without saying that some, if not many, people need help in applying for social security disability (SSD) or SSI. People coping with chronic mental or painful physical symptoms are not always up to the often daunting task of filing and pursuing a disability claim to its conclusion, which may very well be years after the date of the initial filing.
Fortunately, help is available to those who need assistance in handling or filing disability claims. Some sources to consider are:
1. Social Workers. Hospitals, adult care facilities, and the local social services department and even the county and state health departments all employ social workers who may be able to help with the applications process and help direct or refer the claimant to others who may be of further assistance as the case progresses.
2. Independent Disability Advocates. Some independent living centers offer free assistance to those who wish to apply for SSD or SSI benefits. The services offered by independent advocates widely varies; some may offer assistance in getting disability applications started, while others may offer to advocate for claimants at their hearings.
However, given the fact that the Social security disability hearing is generally the “last stand,” for a claimant, arrived at only after the initial application and request for reconsideration have been denied, it may be worthwhile to hire a professional disability lawyer at this point, rather than opting for free legal representation.
3. Disability Representatives. Many disability lawyers and representatives offer their services only after a claimant has filed and been denied. Some, however, will represent a claimant throughout their entire disability case beginning with the initial claim (i.e. the disability application). Some representatives will even assist a claimant with the actual initial filing of their claim.
Answers to questions about representation can be found here:
Social Security Disability Lawyers and Representatives
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
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.
Starting the application for disability
Filing for disability - where to go
How to qualify for disability
Qualifying for disability
Winning disability benefits, how to win
Winning disability for a mental condition
Social Security Disability Back pay, SSD, SSI
Disability Criteria and requirements