Choosing Disability Representation
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.
There are primarily two types of paid disability representation. The first option is a
company 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 the
complexities of each level of the Social Security disability process. Take into
consideration their years of experience working with SSDI claims. Choose someone who
will 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 is
experienced in handling Social Security disability claims. Social Security disability
claims are complex, so experience is important in order to properly represent you during
the claims adjudication process. Most experienced disability representatives dedicate
their practices to representing people with disabilities.
Some attorneys will only accept a disability case after an initial disability application is
denied. However, it is advantageous to seek representation in the initial stages of the
process. Some of the questionnaires need to be answered with a level of detail that, if
handled incorrectly, can cause claimants to be denied when they try to complete them on
their own. With disability representation at the initial application, it is more likely for
people to receive their disability benefits quicker.
When you choose a disability representative to advocate for you, they should help to
lighten the burden of filing your claim. Find out if the representative and their staff will
help you complete all of the necessary paperwork and file the forms and appeals for you
in a timely manner. Also, find out how many people will be working on your claim and if
they 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 staff
will be able to return your phone calls promptly.
It makes the most sense to work with the best and most experienced disability
representative that you can find. The SSA determines the fee that can be charged by any
representative 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 are
unsuccessful in securing you SSDI benefits.
It’s important to choose a Social Security disability representative who shows they care
about your disability claim, who provides true help, and who is willing to advocate for
you and the benefits you deserve.