Social Security Disability SSI – mistakes not to make 8

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#8 – Don’t yell at the people who are associated with your case. This includes the social security field office claims rep who took your disability application, the disability examiner who processed your disability claim, and, in most cases, the lawyer or non attorney representative who provided representation on your social security disability or SSI claim.

In most cases, losing your temper and saying something unsavory will, surprisingly, not achieve the desired result. In fact, it may achieve quite the opposite. Field office claims reps, for example, will not, in most cases, move one nanosecond faster to do anything related to your case if you speak badly to them. Essentially because they don’t have to. Disability examiners are in the same position in a sense and are immeasurably more insulated from claimant contact than individuals in the social security office. And, from an examiner’s perspective, they try to move cases as quickly as possibly anyway because this is how they are evaluated by their superiors.

Lastly, sounding off to the person representing you is not a good idea simply because it is not productive. However, in many instances, a claimant does not actually do this to the person providing representation (i.e. the attorney or non attorney), but, rather, to the representative’s assistant. And this can be counter-productive, particularly if the representative’s assistant (sometimes called a paralegal, sometimes called a case manager) is feeling overworked and underappreciated at the moment you choose to vent your feelings in an unsavory manner.

Are there instances in which a disability claimant might feel the legitimate need to yell at someone? Yes, of course. And here are just a few examples.

1. The social security office lost the claimant’s file (always irritating).

2. The representative failed to return the claimant’s phone calls.

3. The social security office failed to update a new address that the claimant reported and, as a consequence, the notice of denial never arrived and the time to file an appeal expired.

There are probably hundreds of different situations and scenarios for which a disability claimant might feel justified in venting their frustration and anger. However, doing so will almost never be productive and may even be counter-productive—in other words, try not to tick off anyone who is working on your claim. It just isn’t a good idea in general.

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