Choosing Disability Representation

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The Social Security disability application process is complex, so it is highly recommended that you get representation early in the process in order to have the best chances for your own disability claim. With the right advocate working for you, you are in a better situation to receive the benefits you deserve more quickly.

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Choosing Disability Representation

  1. 1. Choosing Disability RepresentationThe Social Security disability application process is complex, so it is highlyrecommended that you get representation early in the process in order to have the bestchances for your own disability claim. With the right advocate working for you, you arein a better situation to receive the benefits you deserve more quickly.There are primarily two types of paid disability representation. The first option is acompany with trained professional representatives experienced in handling SSDI claims.The second option is a law firm that specializes in disability related cases.When choosing disability representation, find someone with experience who knows thecomplexities of each level of the Social Security disability process. Take intoconsideration their years of experience working with SSDI claims. Choose someone whowill be able to show a proven history of winning disability claims.When hiring an attorney to represent you on your disability claim, look for one who isexperienced in handling Social Security disability claims. Social Security disabilityclaims are complex, so experience is important in order to properly represent you duringthe claims adjudication process. Most experienced disability representatives dedicatetheir practices to representing people with disabilities.Some attorneys will only accept a disability case after an initial disability application isdenied. However, it is advantageous to seek representation in the initial stages of theprocess. Some of the questionnaires need to be answered with a level of detail that, ifhandled incorrectly, can cause claimants to be denied when they try to complete them ontheir own. With disability representation at the initial application, it is more likely forpeople to receive their disability benefits quicker.When you choose a disability representative to advocate for you, they should help tolighten the burden of filing your claim. Find out if the representative and their staff willhelp you complete all of the necessary paperwork and file the forms and appeals for youin a timely manner. Also, find out how many people will be working on your claim and ifthey will be contacting your doctors in order to keep your medical records up-to-date.Determine if you can reach your representative by phone and if he or someone on staffwill be able to return your phone calls promptly.It makes the most sense to work with the best and most experienced disabilityrepresentative that you can find. The SSA determines the fee that can be charged by anyrepresentative for SSDI cases. Currently, that fee is 25 percent of your retroactive award,not to exceed $6,000. Typically, representatives do not charge a fee if they areunsuccessful in securing you SSDI benefits.
  2. 2. It’s important to choose a Social Security disability representative who shows they careabout your disability claim, who provides true help, and who is willing to advocate foryou and the benefits you deserve.

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