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Do You Need A Lawyer To Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits?

What You Should Know About Social Security Disability

You do not need an attorney to file a claim. But having a knowledgeable advocate is clearly an advantage in an environment where the large majority of claims are rejected on the initial filing.

One of your advocates in the pursuit of your rights is your Social Security disability lawyer. This website will help you find that advocate, and provide you with the information you need to thoroughly understand your rights and your options.

Dealing with the government requires patience. You need to do some homework so you know your rights. It's also good to learn enough so that you end up knocking on the right doors. Find your local Social Security office here.

First, information is always your friend. Below are some sources of information as well as some links that can help you better understand your circumstance, what's expected of you, and how the government views you when determining eligibility.


Are You Eligible For Benefits?

Your Social Security Benefits

In 1945 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created a Federal program now known as Social Security. Your Social Security benefits derive from that program. Driven by economic hardship, the program sought to soften the harsh conditions caused by economic depression and war. Your Social Security benefits provide much more than retirement benefits.

From http://www.ssa.gov/disability/

"The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program."

"Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are "insured," meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes."

"Supplemental Security Income pays benefits based on financial need."

When you apply for these programs, you will be asked to supply medical and other information to determine if your circumstance meets Social Security's definition of disability.

This is a good resource for general information on the government site.

Use the Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool to find out which programs may be able to pay you benefits.

If your application has recently been denied, the Internet Appeal is a starting point to request a review of our decision about your eligibility for disability benefits.

If your application is denied for:

* Medical reasons, (beginning December 22nd) you can complete and submit the required Appeal Request and Appeal Disability Report online.

The disability report asks you for updated information about your medical condition and any treatment, tests or doctor visits since we made our decision.

* Non-medical reasons, you should contact your local Social Security Office to request the review. You also may call ssa's toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213, to request an appeal. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can call ssa's toll-free TTY number, 1-800-325-0778

Legal Note:
It is important to point out that the Social Security Administration does not require that you be a licensed lawyer to perform some aspects of social security representation. But, if you can hire a social security disability attorney for the same price as someone who is not a social security attorney, who would you retain? Social security disability lawyers and Supplement Security Income (SSI) claims lawyers do not charge you anything unless you recover. In essence, that is called: You Pay No Fee If There Is No Recovery.

Supplement Security Income (SSI) is part of the Social Security Program that provides monthly disability benefits to those who have not worked long enough to qualify for SSDI.

The Social Security Administration denies 70% - 75% of the applications for disability. However, a social security attorney can appeal the decision to an Administrative Law Judge and the statistics are very good for winning the appeal. Approximately 60% -70% of these appeals win!
Application of Social Security Disability Benefits.

The content of this website is provided for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice

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