How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay
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
What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?
Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?
How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?
Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved
What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?
What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
Receiving a Disability Award Letter
Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability
Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI
Applying for disability in your state
Most popular topics on SSDRC.com
Social Security Disability SSI Questions
The listings, list of disabling impairments
Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?
Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials
How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?
How to apply for disability for a child or children
Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application
Filing for disability - when to file
How to apply for disability - where to apply
Qualifications for disability benefits
How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits
Qualifying for Disability - The Process
How to get disability for depression
Getting disability for fibromyalgia
SSI disability for children with ADHD
What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability
Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips
More Social Security Disability SSI Questions
Social Security Disability SSI definitions
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
New and featured pages on SSDRC.com
Who can help me file for disability?
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
Social Security Disability For Back Condition pain in California
How much can you make in California and still apply for disability?
Disability requirements and criteria in California
For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.
The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.
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