Should I Get Help When Applying for SSDI?

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You are not required to have disability representation when applying for Social Security disability benefits. However, people who apply for SSDI on their own quickly realize that it is not easy. Statistics show that people who have representation for their Social Security disability claims have a greater chance of being awarded benefits than people who go it alone.

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Should I Get Help When Applying for SSDI?

  1. 1. Should I Get Help When Applying for SSDI?You are not required to have disability representation when applying for Social Securitydisability benefits. However, people who apply for SSDI on their own quickly realize that it isnot easy. Statistics show that people who have representation for their Social Securitydisability claims have a greater chance of being awarded benefits than people who go it alone.The Social Security Administration (SSA) has many rules and regulations; the claims are verylong, complex and can be confusing and overwhelming. The SSA wants to be certain that aperson is truly disabled before awarding them benefits. For this reason, they have created adecision process that must be strictly followed. When you don’t fully understand the processand what the SSA expects when you apply for SSDI, you can cost yourself a lot of time andfrustration.There are several methods for approaching your SSDI claim and winning, including filing onyour own. Similarly, there are many ways, or factors, that can cause you to lose your SSDIclaim.Trying to win your SSDI claim on your own is extremely difficult, and the chances of losingincrease significantly when you’re on your own. A professional disability representative orattorney can help you through the complex SSDI process. It is not recommended that youapply for Social Security disability benefits on your own.Many people with disabilities will attempt to complete the initial application process on theirown, however, two-thirds of those claims will be denied.The application requires extremely detailed answers, and claimants may fail to complete itappropriately. Claimants may fail to have all of the necessary paperwork, don’t have enoughmedical evidence to support their claim, or don’t offer enough details to prove that theirmedical condition really interferes with their daily life and prevents them from working.If you aren’t awarded benefits with your first SSDI application, all is not lost. You can appealthe decision. However, the disability appeal process is very long and can significantly delaythe receipt of your much-needed benefits.SSA rules allow you to hire representation to assist you with your SSDI claim. Mostrepresentatives work on a contingent fee basis, meaning that if you don’t get awarded yourdisability benefits, then you don’t have to pay for the representation. Usually, there are noupfront fees. Often, when you are awarded Social Security disability benefits, there is someback pay that you receive, also known as a lump-sum payment; the representative will be paidfrom that money. Then, once your monthly SSDI benefits begin, that money goes directly toyou.
  2. 2. No matter which level of the Social Security disability process you are in, or even if you arejust considering filing a disability claim, it is recommended that you have representation.Having a disability representative or advocate on your side will give you the best chance ofbeing awarded Social Security disability benefits.

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