Securing Social Security RepresentationWhen you apply for either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you either go online or directly to your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office to establish your disability claim. However, as many disability claimants have experienced, it is possible that you may be denied benefits after waiting for months. You may feel a bit frustrated with that fact that you lost interest of seeking your much-needed benefits.
But then, you are instructed to appeal your initially denied claim. You can do so personally online or through an appointment with your local SSA office. However, doing so can be difficult given your disability. It could be a hassle for you since the appeals process entails more paperwork and additional documents that you must submit. The best way to prevent hassles and possible aggravation of your disability is to secure proper representation.
The Social Security Administration gives disability applicants the right for representation when certain situations regarding their SSDI or SSI claims arise. The representatives can help them file their initial claims and guide them through the appeals process if their claims are denied by the SSA. There are two types of representation that can be suitable for you in braving the long and tedious Social Security process.
The first one is a SSDI or SSI expert. He or she has already undergone training from the SSA and has already handled initial SSDI and SSI applications and appeals in his or her locality. The second one is the Social Security disability benefits attorney. He or she comes from any of the law firms in your locality and is basically an expert in Social Security laws.
It would benefit you if you retain the services of either one of them, especially in the long run. This is because the Social Security process could take more than three to four months, or even a year, before you can receive your disability benefits. It is said that having a third-party representation increases your chances of getting approved on the initial stages of the application.
If you have not retained a local disability expert or a disability lawyer after you've been denied benefits, it would be beneficial to you to secure third-party representation as soon as possible prior to filing for an appeal. About 90 percent of SSDI or SSI applicants have either a specialist or a lawyer for the appeals process.
Securing representation may entail a certain charge, depending on the result of the application. For instance, a disability attorney works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you are to provide him or her a percentage of your first monthly benefits if you win disability benefits without going through the appeals process.
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