Choosing the right Social Security Disability Attorney or Advocate: Part 1

Social Security Disability Attorney

There are a growing number of Lawyers who are stepping up and providing early stage help for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Disability (SSI) initial claim..

Applying for Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be challenging difficult process. Today there are more than 1.3 million people in the queue, waiting to get approved for their SSDI or SSI. Many claimants do not know the disability process.  Have to wait an average 2 to 4 years for a court hearing.

Although some SSDI/SSI cases are clear-cut. Having unclear answers or incomplete details.  May move slow through the disability process. By the same token, a large number of disability applications get denied for the very same reasons. That’s when claimants seek legal representation. When choosing a good SSD Attorney or a self-help book it can help you navigate through the system faster. Always remember to look before you leap into hiring a Lawyer.

Get Help Early

Thus, claimants have no reason to seek help when filing an initial SSDI application. Because some attorneys will only accept SSDI or SSI clients who initial claim got denied. There are a growing number of Lawyers who are stepping up and providing early stage help. Complete the Activities of the Daily Living Questionnaire in detail on your application. This form level can be very intimidating to someone who is not familiar with the process. Do not hesitate to get help to complete the application. Because it can increase your chances of getting approved and to avoid the appeal process.

Finding a Good Representative

Seek an Attorney, Advocate, or an organization for SSDI or SSI appeal case.  Make sure the organizations have experience to handle Social Security Disability claims. The benefit of working with a law firm is the legal muscle to back your disability benefits claim.

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Help with Fighting your Social Security Disability (SSD) Benefits

Fighting your Social Security Disability

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As the result, I am so disappointed in people who need help with their Social Security Disability Benefits but do not take advantage of the book.  However, not utilizing all the help is available.  Not to mention, I spent $100’s of dollars in creating a website, hired a Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Professional.  In order to have maintenance for my website monthly.  I even paid to get my book copyrighted which makes me first-time author.  I wrote a self-help digital e-book called “How to win your Social Security Disability without an attorney” to help people with their case too.

This book, can help you fight your own Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Initial Claim, Reconsideration Appeal, Appeal Case, and Appeal Council Review.  The book can ensure your Attorney is doing everything in his or her power to get your SSD or SSI benefits approved. You can make sure your Attorney is not sitting around waiting for your scheduled appeal court date hearing.  Some Attorneys do nothing to your SSD or SSI case so they can get $6,000 cap for attorney fees.  But the book it will give you the steps to make sure your Attorney is working towards getting your SSD or SSI reviewed by a Decision Writer’s for a decision.

My mother always said to me “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”  Which means putting some of your eggs in different baskets?  Getting as much help as possible to increase your chances of getting approved for SSD or SSI.  It is like having a little more insurance.  However, the book helped one of my clients who had an Attorney.  Unfortunately, the judge he had, denied his appeal case.  After my client purchased the book, he sent me an email to ask additional questions about the SSD process.  My client wanted to know the next step of the SSD process.  I informed him the next step will be to call his attorney.  To ask if he or she will still represents him.  To answer his question further is to file Appeal Council Review.

His Attorney still kept him on as a client.  Then filed his Appeal Council Review.  Some Attorneys will not represent you after the judge denied your appeal case.  Since he used my book and questions I answered.  After my client read and educated himself of the SSD process.  He is able to make his Attorney get to work on proving his disability claim.  I talked with my client and did some research on his Social Security Disability case every day for a month. My client had to waited for 4 years for a court appeal hearing then an appeal council review.  He finally got approved for his SSD.  All of his hard work on his SSD case paid off for him.

The self-help digital book “How to win your Social Security Disability without an Attorney.” is available on the website just click on buy it now button. Book is only $19.99.  However, I priced the book at a reasonable price.  If you do not have the money to buy the book.  You can ask 20 friends and family members for $1.00 to have enough money to purchase the book.  Another payment method is all major credit cards and PayPal is accepted on the secured website.

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How to Answer Questions at a Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) Hearing

Steps to successfully apply for Social Security disability

Feb 1, 2016 Roughly one-third of applications for Social Security disability benefits are ultimately approved. How to make sure yours is among them.

Social Security Disability

How many questions can you expect to ask, and how should you answer the Judge’s questions at a disability hearing.  Sometimes the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) may not ask a claimant any questions, however, other times a Judge may ask you several questions.  Most disability appeal court hearings normally last under an hour and some can be very short as 15 minutes, so you can count on having no questions to answer for an extended time period.

The outlook of answering an Administrative Law Judge’s questions at a disability appeal hearing can be difficult even though you prepared well for it, get ready for the unexpected. There are important guidelines you can follow that will make the process smoother and increase you chance of getting approved for your Social Security Disability Claim.

Social Security Disability Questions and Answers

This is hard to believe but one of the most common mistakes a disability claimant makes during the hearing, especially when failing to answer the question asked by the Administrative Law Judge.  Try to avoid this by paying attention to what the Judge is asking you a specifically question then answers them in a sentence of two.  During the SSD appeal court hearing, it will be very helpful to take notes just in case you have to ask the Judge to restate or explain the question for you.

Don’t Ramble or Go Off the Subject when Answering a Question

The hearing process is a nerve-wracking experience for most claimants.  Many of us are under pressure and too prone to ramble on, it is important to prepare to provide a brief answer to the Administrative Law Judge’s questions.  This usually happens when Claimant answers questions with long-winded explanations that do not answer questions from Administrative Law Judge’s question, it may cause the Judge to stop listening and probably miss important information statements you made which will make him or her may become interrupted and irritated with you.

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Social Security Disability Advocate Part 2

However, your Social Security Disability Advocate can help you file a Request for Reconsideration. He or she can represent you at your appeal hearing before an Administration Law Judge if they have the experience to do so.

However, your Social Security Disability Advocate can help you file a Request for Reconsideration.  He or she can represent you at your appeal hearing before an Administration Law Judge if they have the experience to do so.  Be sure to ask the Social Security Disability Advocate will they represent you in court first.  If your Social Security Disability Income appeal case is denied then your Disability Advocate can represent you before the Appeal Council Review if necessary or help with your case before a Federal Court hearing.

When you request the Appeal Council to review the Administrative Law Judge decision, they will decide if it is necessary to review your case or not to review your case.  It is good to get new relevant medical documents to submit to the Appeal Council Review.

A Disability Advocate may be a Social Security Disability lawyer or simply a professional who helps people with their disability initial claims and appeal case.  However, if your Disability Advocate is an attorney, then he or she may represent you in your Federal Court proceedings.

There are no laws requiring you to utilize a Disability Advocate during the appeal process, but you will find it to your advantage.  By having a Disability Advocate will increase your chances of having your claim accepted on time when you have a competent representation.

Please keep this in mind a Disability Advocate will not charge any out of pocket money.  The Disability Advocate is paid 25% or $6,000 maximum of any Social Security Disability back pay which is issued before you get your back pay money.  So do the math a self-help digital eBook will cost $19.99 and up which is probably better because you can fight your own Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income initial claim or appeal case.  Also, purchasing a Social Security Disability self-help eBook will save you money in the long run too.

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Should I file a new Social Security Disability Claim, instead of appealing a Denial with the Appeal Council? Part 2

The Appeal Council examine all requests for review, however, they can deny a request if the hearing decision was correct. Whenever the Appeal Council make a decision to review your case, and determine your case will be return to an Administrative Law Judge (AlJ) for further review.

If you go beyond your time limit for filing an appeal and cannot get an extension granted.  If this happens then consult with a Social Security Disability Attorney to find out the bests course of action.

However, if your Social Security Disability claim has been denied, then call a Social Security Disability Attorney.  They may figure out what piece of information the Social Security Administration may need in order to review your claim and approve it.  Communicate directly with your physician or other medical professionals, to make sure the SSA forms are filled out to addresses the questions and relevant information about r impairments before your claim can get approved.

Having a Social Security Disability self-help eBook or an attorney can really improve your chances of success at every level of the Social Security Disability claims and appeal process.  It is very important to have an attorney at your hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, having an attorney can save you from having to go through the appeal process in the first place.

When your disability claim has been denied for any reason, does not mean you do not have a legitimate claim or you cannot win your SSDI case.

The best chance you have to work through the appeal process is submitting any new medical evidence you can get that will help Social Security Disability Attorney.  Fighting for your Social Security Disability for several months or even years is worth the back pay when your claim is approved when going through the appeals process.  Do give up.

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Should I file a new Social Security Disability Claim (SSDI), instead of appealing a Denial with the Appeal Council Review? Part 1

The Appeal Council examine all requests for review, however, they can deny a request if the hearing decision was correct.

It is unbelievable and frustrating when you receive the notice that your Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) appeal case has been denied.  Unfortunately, about 70% of the SSDI and SSI claims are denied.  The reason why so many people disability claims are denied is because of not enough substantial medical records, test results.  One of the biggest mistakes made by an applicant is filing a Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is especially when those who do not know the Social Security Administration process and they just file a new claim instead of appealing the denial from the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

There are a lot of reasons why you should not file a new disability claim under most situations.  By filing a new disability claim will not protect your filing date when you first applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  Meaning you will not receive any back pay that accrued when you submit a new disability claim.

The protective filing date is used to calculate the amount of your back pay due to you when your claim is approved.  After you get approved, you will be paid all of your back pay money and start receiving benefits on your protective claim filing date.  It is a bad idea to start a new claim because it will start the process over again, which means you can miss out on thousands of dollars’ worth of benefits due to adjusting the protective filing date.  Therefore, it is very important to request an Appeal Council Review for the Administrative Law Judge denial decision.

One of the reasons why people file a new claim is because they did not have new medical evidence for the disability Initial Claim, Appeal Case, and Appeal Council Review.  Therefore, it is not necessary to file a new disability claim due to having new medical evidence to be reviewed.  However, it is not worth your while to request an Appeal Council Review if you do not have recent new medical substantial evidence.  When requesting an Appeal Council Review it will allow you to gather more substantial medical evidence to present to the Social Security Administration to determine if you qualify for disability benefits.

To sum it up, you do not gain anything by filing a completely Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income new claim because you will lose a lot of money.

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Deciding if you want to Represent Yourself for Your Social Security Disability Appeal Case: Part 4

Judge, how long will it take to get a written decision in the mail? I do not know, just go home and watch out for the mailman.

Judge, how long will it take to get a written decision in the mail? I do not know, just go home and watch out for the mailman.

Please keep this in mind provide Social Security Administration with as much relevant medical evidence documents as possible.

How to Prepare for a Disability Hearing:  Some disability claims are approved at the hearing level.  A hearing is carried out in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) who will review the medical evidence you submitted, and listen to your disability argument.

The Administrative Law Judge will question you about your medical condition and may be asked to clarify the questions about your medical records.  At the hearing, there will be a vocational expert (VE) at the hearing.  A vocational expert is a person who is experienced to give him or her opinion about the types of job you can or cannot work due to your physical and mental limitations.  The Administrative Law Judge will take the vocational expert opinion on whether you are unable or able to work.

At the hearing, you must be ready to explain any inconsistencies you may have in your medical records.  Also, you must be prepared to cross-examine the vocational expert if he or she testifies you are able to work.

The Appeals Council and Federal Appeals:  If the Administrative Law Judge denies your claim by mistake, then you can request the Appeals Council (AC) to review the judge decision, however, the Appeal Council is not required to review the decision if they  think it is not necessary.  If the Appeal Council denied your claim or refuse to review the Administrative Law Judge decision then you can appeal your case to the federal district court.  Unfortunately the Social Security Administration will not help you with the federal appeal, however, please follow all of the court rules carefully, if you do not then your complaint will be dismissed.  This is where it make sense to hire a disability attorney for the Appeal Council or federal court hearing.

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Deciding if you want to Represent Yourself for Your Social Security Disability Appeal Case: Part 3

The Social Security Disability determination process. Many Social Security Disability initial claims are processed through a network of local Social Security Administration (SSA) field offices and State agencies are usually called Disability Determination Services or (DDSs).

The Social Security Disability determination process. Many Social Security Disability initial claims are processed through a network of local Social Security Administration (SSA) field offices and State agencies are usually called Disability Determination Services or (DDSs).

Recognized Other Ways to Getting Approved for SSDI or SSI

There are other ways to win your claim even if you are unable to get approved under a blue book listing. Below are some examples:

The Grids: Are a series of tables that helps Social Security to find out if an applicant is disabled or not disabled is determine by an applicant’s education, the skill level of their work history, person’s physical residual functional capacity, and age. The only time when Social Security used the grids is when an applicant is unable to do their past work, however, it is useful for getting older claimants approved for their disability benefits.

The combination of Impairments: Many claimants have more than one disability that prevents them from working. If this applies to you, then the Social Security Administration will consider the combined effects to all of your medical conditions on your ability to work or not. The Social Security Administration will review your RFC report in your file to determine if you can still work.

The combination of non-exertional and exertional limitations: An exertional limitation is an affects your ability to do the physical job requirements like carrying, lifting, standing, and sitting. Non-exertional limitations have an affect your ability to do mental and emotional requirements of a job by getting along with your boss, co-workers, and following directions. If your medical condition has both non-exertional and exertional impairments, then Social Security Administration will combine both effects on your ability to work a job. The more disability limitations a claimant has, it is most likely they will get approved.

Please keep this in mind provide Social Security Administration with as much relevant medical evidence documents as possible….

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Deciding if you want to Represent Yourself for Your Social Security Disability Appeal Case: Part 2

Purchase the Self-Help E-Book “How to win your Social Security Disability or SSI Case without an Attorney” to speed up your claim.

Purchase the Self-Help E-Book “How to win your Social Security Disability or SSI Case without an Attorney” to speed up your claim.

All of your medical providers such as physician, specialist, physical therapy psychiatric, and mental health counselor, however, you can request these documents from them after you sign a release formSome medical providers charge a fee for gathering your medical records and copying.  Most of the time medical providers will not charge you a fee for medical records but will charge an attorney for them.  That’s why attorneys have their clients to request medical records and test results documents.  In some states, they have laws what fee can be charged to obtain your copies of your medical records, or prohibit physicians from charging a fee for records for disability cases.  Therefore, when requesting your medical documents or test results, inform them this is a Social Security Disability appeal case that way most likely you will not be charged for them.

Only submit relevant medical records that are going to help you’re your disability approved for your case.  For example, if your claim is having back problems that cause you unable to work then do not submit medical records for an ophthalmologist or an oral surgeon.  Below are some examples of medical records you might need to submit it depends on what is the reason of your disability claim:

  • all medical emergency room documents
  • medical discharge summaries documents from hospitalizations
  • MRI reports documents, X-ray pictures, and CT Scan documents
  • all lab reports test documents
  • all biopsy result in documents
  • surgical  summary documents
  • physician office visitors notes
  • list of medication with dosages prescribe by your doctor and if there any side effects.  You can get a list of medication from your pharmacy too
  • psychiatrist or therapist treatment documents
  • occupational or physical therapy documents, and
  • school records from the last grade you completed and I.Q. tests.

This is very important, make sure the Social Security Administration have all providers…

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