In America, those whose physical disabilities are hindering them from being properly employed for work can receive income supplements in the form of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The SSDI is payroll tax-funded, and carefully managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Ideally, the insurance should be readily available to all those whose conditions leave them without a job, however, the SSA can be very particular about who receives the insurance and who does not, leaving out even those in most need of financial support.
According to an August 2010 report by the Office of Inspector General for the SSA, applicants who retained the services of a disability representative early on have a higher chance of receiving their insurance. While it is something worth considering, candidates can still opt to apply without the initial aid of a knowledgeable social security attorney, and only seek legal aid once their applications fall through. The advantages of having a lawyer early, however, are not to be underestimated. Attorneys familiar with the Social Security system can provide valuable information and tips to their clients, which can increase their chances of getting recompense from the get-go.
Legal representatives can still be useful to applicants appealing for their SSDI if they were initially denied. They can help protect the interests of their clients as needed when approached by the authorities, as well as help clients fill out the necessary paperwork for the appeals process. It should be noted that if a disability representative fails to secure the benefit for their clients, they are obligated not to charge for their services. No matter what part of the application process an individual may be in, it’s always a good idea to have a lawyer by his side.
(Source: Representing Social Security Claimants, ssa.gov)
(Source: Ten Tips for Hiring a Social Security Attorney, avvo.com)