Here are some things you should know and need if you want to be brave enough to represent yourself for the Social Security Disability process without disability lawyer.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) does not require you to hire an attorney because statistics show you are more likely to get approved if you are represented but that is not always the case. Therefore, if you decide to represent yourself then there are some important things you should know about the process first.
Don’t Miss the Appeal Filing Deadlines
First, make sure you meet all deadlines for filing your request for reconsideration or request an appeal court hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Usually, the SSA only give you 60 days to file an appeal after you receive a denial notice. Unfortunately, if you miss the deadline, then you will need a good reason why you missed the deadline. If the SSA make a decision you do not have a good reason for not filling the appeal in 60 days then you will have to start the process all over again.
Give the SSA Complete Recent Medical Records
One of the biggest reason why claimants are denied is due to failing to submit all their medical records, and test results in order for them to prove their disability claim. However, the Social Security Administration is supposed to obtain the medical records and test results, unfortunately, you cannot depend on SSA to make sure the file is completed. Which means you will have to review the Social Security Administration’s file to make sure they have all you medical records and test results in order for them to have relevant evidence.
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