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Should I Hire A Representative For My SSDI Case?

  
  
  
  
  
We often hear this question. Claimants are not required to hire an attorney or other representative to assist with their Social Security Disability claims, however, the SSDI application process is long and can be very difficult, especially for people who are sick or injured. Experienced Social Security Disability representatives are well versed in Social Security law, and are familiar with the entire application process – from the initial application through the hearing and Appeals Council levels. Those who are unfamiliar with the disability process may not understand that Social Security’s definition of “disability” is very strict, and often extremely hard to meet, especially at the initial application and appeal levels.

When applying for SSDI, Social Security will evaluate you and your medical records to see if you are no longer able to work due to your disabling condition(s). You must not only be unable to perform your past job, but you must also be unable to perform ANY job available in the national economy. For example, a 40 year old worker with a college degree who has worked 15 years in the construction industry has an accident and sustains an injury, for example – a leg amputation,  which will keep them from working in a manual labor position again. Although the worker will not be able to perform their previous job, Social Security will assume that this person is young, educated, and can be trained to perform other types of work. Social Security would determine that a sedentary job would be possible for this individual. The determination would state that this person could perform a desk job, or other jobs that do not require standing or walking. This would not be a disabled individual under Social Security’s rules.

However, it is possible that this person has other conditions unrelated to the injury. For example, there may be side affects from pain medication prescribed to ease discomfort caused by the injury, or chronic infections from the amputation. Those side affects may cause nausea, fatigue, dizziness; any number of symptoms. There could also be another diagnosis, such as cancer, or a mental impairment such as depression, brought on by the recent injury and inability to work. Now, in addition to being unable to return to the construction industry, this person may also not be able to perform a sedentary job due to the affects of chemotherapy, or side effects from a anti-depression medication. Would an untrained individual, unfamiliar with Social Security’s rules and processes be able to convince Social Security examiners or a judge that these combined conditions could equal a valid SSDI claim?

Unfortunately, in most cases, the answer is no. A seasoned Social Security advocate will properly obtain and analyze the appropriate documentation to prove eligibility for a disability claim. In addition to understanding Social Security law, the ideal Social Security Disability advocate will also assist you in completing paperwork; they will handle calls from Social Security, and explain decisions to ensure you are properly and fairly represented.

GENEX Social Security Disability has over 16 years experience representing SSDI claimants. Our goal is to not only help you obtain your disability benefits, but to also be sure that you fully understand the process and what you are entitled to. Please contact us today for a free evaluation. Our experienced representatives are here for you.


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