Why is the pursuit of an SSDI claim like being a hitter in baseball? Because in both situations you only succeed 30% of the time. But unlike baseball, you cant make ends meet with such a high failure rate. Nearly 70% of all initial applications for SSDI are denied. When people start the process of filing for disability from the Social Security Office they will often look for help by hiring an attorney to represent them. When you have to get help with your claim you have to call around or click around to find and attorney. Typically, you will fill out an online form or speak with an intake team member from the attorney’s office. You tell the person on the phone all about your case. The intake person is judging the merits of your claim in that single phone conversation. Many times cases are rejected by intake teams because the team member cannot understand your claim. The team member is interpreting your story. If you seem unsure of your situation then the team member is unsure as well. Perhaps the intake team for the attorney is not motivated to present the case because the disabled person has a hard time explaining the merits of their respective claim. Everybody’s case is different and an unclear case looks like a difficult case to many. Many attorneys will only take cases that are easy. A tough case to an attorney is a drain on time and energy and the attorney may want to take a pass on representing a disabled person with. Many times attorneys will react to the disabled persons telling of their story. A disabled person may not be aware of all the facts in their respective case and will leave important facts out. A motivated attorney will try to dig out these facts of the case. A good attorney will not just trust what a disabled person thinks are the facts and circumstances of their case. When I approach a new case I always want to see a Social Security Statement to get a feel for what has been going on for work history. The Social Security Statement has a treasure trove of information for an attorney who wants to help you out. The Social Security Administration starts with this report first. An SSDI attorney should do the same thing. Some times when you speak to the intake team of some attorneys they will not take your case because of what you say. In my opinion, this is lazy. Cases are won on paper. Paper is what drives our modern society. Personal testimony does not carry the same weight in the eyes of an Administrative Law Judge as do the reports of the experts that write about your medical problems. Mydisability.us will try hard to get your paperwork. You can upload your documents directly to the site for review and we can get documents directly from Social Security so a thorough case review can be performed. So when you are ready to hire a professional to help your SSDI claim it is best to have your paperwork and a recent Social Security Statement.
Sometimes the SSDI road seems too long to travel. You might be worn down from all the unknowns. Getting what is owed to you from your Social Security insurance benefits can seem overwhelming. These emotions must be handled along with dealing with stresses of your own health. I am here to help. For instance, last night I was on Facebook and I was messaged by someone who knew about a young man that was severely injured in a motorcycle accident about a year ago. I spent about an hour just answering questions about the SSDI process. Its seems that this young man was not going back to work anytime soon and he has already been denied by the Social Security Administration. I explained that there is a 60 day window to file an appeal from the date on the denial letter. It was unclear whether the intent to appeal was actually filed within the 60 day window. The person with whom I was messaging did not know when or even if an appeal was filed. I explained further, that over 65% of all initial claims for Social Security Disability Insurance are denied as a matter of routine. The expectation by the SSA is that even though you are turned down on the initial application, it is expected that an appeal can prevail once it is reviewed by an Administrative Law Judge. In my opinion the “appeal” is when the real work gets done. You see, the SSDI process has a very high bar to be awarded benefits on an initial claim. This step is designed to allow the SSA to award benefits to the clearly disabled person and “forward” the case to an Administrative Law Judge. This first step requires a claimant to fit into guidelines that make the decision by SSA claim processors to make a “no brainer” decision about a case. The denial does not mean your case is doomed. The appeal is where the claimant can have his/her case reviewed by an Administrative Law Judge at a hearing office. The hearing office is relatively close to the claimant. Each case is different and has many facets that needs to be explained. Doctor reports must be gathered and reviewed by the ALJ. The federal government has created laundry list of possible disabling categories and each class of disability has over 75 conditions that must be met in able to be approved as a disabled person. This is why you can benefit from an Attorney/Non-Attorney SSDI representative. These professionals have had hours and hours of training on how properly present your case. An attorney will understand your medical condition in legal terms. A good attorney will know when a claim is medically unclear. Many times Doctors need to write down specific disabling conditions such as inability to twist at the torso, or cant lift more than 15 lbs. The attorney will often ask the doctor to discuss these limitations so it can go into the record. This is why you may not want to go it alone on your dealings with the SSA. You need smart people on your side when presenting a case because there are many smart people on their side looking to find fault with your claim. If your initial claim has been denied, I can get an appeal filed almost immediately. I hope this young man that was injured and unable to work will get some professional help for his claim.
Hi, I am Paula, I am a Disability Advocate for people that need to make a claim for Social Security Disability. I am passionate about helping people get the benefits they deserve. I work with you or someone you know that is a disabled worker. Did you know that over 65% of all initial claims for Social Security Benefits are denied? Many times people try to apply for benefits themselves and find that their claim is denied for reasons that can’t be understood by many Americans. Its really sad that the US government makes us all pay into a system that is supposed to help us if we ever become unable to work due to a disability and then deny that we are truly disabled when we need to make a claim. If you collect a paycheck in this country, you are paying for SSDI. In fact its the law and you cannot avoid it if you are a regular worker. No one has explained your benefits or how they would work should you ever need to make a claim. Some employees of the SSA will even tell you that you don’t need outside help but it is your right to be represented. The law of our land states that you can be represented by any Attorney or Non-Attorney Professional for any SSDI claim. In fact, federal law has created a way for disabled workers to get professional representation without paying for it upfront. You see the Attorney/non-Attorney representatives don’t get paid unless you win your case. This is called a contingency arrangement. Did you know that on average the disabled worker can receive up to $150,000 in benefits and only has to pay $6,000 in fees to an Attorney/Non-Attorney Representative? This deal is written into federal law. By contacting me through the form to right is how you will be taking control of your future. What I do when you fill out the form is I contact you. Together, we start the application process and the process of contacting a claimant representative in your area to help your case. Please take a minute to fill out the form and let me help you with your disability claim. I will personally call or email you about your case and I will find you help in your area. I have several hundred attorneys/non-attorneys that I can contact on your behalf and you will be on your way to getting your deserved benefits. Benefits are a right that you paid for. Even if you have been denied I can help you find someone who can get your claim won on appeal. If you can no longer work because of a disability you need to look into this. The money you are awarded can really make a difference. But not only money. You may be eligible for Medicare as well so your health care costs could be paid for. Most times, there is a back benefit that is awarded as well as a monthly check for as long as you are disabled and out of work. Its time for you to take control of your finances and get the benefits that you have already paid for. if you have been denied your claim you have 60 days from the denial date to file an appeal. Don’t let the government keep turning you down. Get help today.
I have just arrived back the from the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR) conference in Washington DC. The meeting is a semi-annual gathering of Attorney and Non-Attorney representatives who provide services to Disabled workers to make claims to get their Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. The conference is put on by NOSSCR to educate attorney and non-attorney representatives how to successfully make claims for client who deserve disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. The level of detail and strategy was quite involved. Each person received around 12 hours of formal training and discussion on topics ranging from Traumatic Brain injury and orthopedics to ethics and compassionate marketing of services. We heard from SSA officials, Congress People, and veteran attorneys that have been in the trenches with their clients.
I came away from all of this understanding that most of these people are in it for the sense of helping deserving people to get what is rightfully theirs. Its a shame that the SSDI system makes a deserving person have to hire an attorney to present its case. The SSDI system is designed to deny people on their initial claim only to award them benefits on appeals. The government feels that they are doing the right thing with this system. Claimants who hire attorneys have a higher success rate than those that do not hire attorneys.
The reasoning behind the attorney success is that the attorney and non-attorney representative knows how to present the facts and circumstances of a persons disabilities in they way that allows the SSA bureaucrats to approve a claim. The system should be easier, but its not.
The attorneys and non-attorneys that I meet are passionate people that want to get people the benefits they deserve. In order to win an award, you will need to prove your disability to a government official who may never even look you in the eye. I do know that these professionals at this conference want to look you in the eye and shake your hand and make you feel like you can get what you paid for. The people at the conference don’t get paid to represent you unless you win your claim. How many other services can you get that guarantee results or its free? Think about it.