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Do You Need A Disability Lawyer Or A Social Security Disability Attorney?


It is a good idea to have a disability lawyer or a social security disability attorney to represent you while filing SSI claims or appeals. These professionals have considerable experience of processing, developing and representing claims for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits.

Here are some guidelines and tips about Social Security benefits that may be useful for you to know before you discuss your case with your attorney in detail:

The first thing that most people ask is what can be done to improve the chances of winning SSDI benefits based on the initial application? There are many aspects that need to be considered. A few of them are mentioned below.

There are specific diseases and conditions are listed in the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Listing of Impairments. The fact that the disease or the condition is on the list does not ensure that the claimant will be awarded benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

If this surprises you, also consider the argument that the Listing of Impairments also sets out certain specific criterion for many illnesses. Only when such criteria are satisfied,  the chances of a decision in favor of the claimant increase.

Generally speaking, the criterion for any given medical condition is difficult to meet. The specific condition of the applicant may reflect a very serious illness but not an actual disability as per the rules and regulations of the SSA.

Conversely, if the medical condition does not come under the listed criterion that does not conclusively mean that the claimant will not be awarded benefits. The onus or the discretion is purely on the judgment of the SSA.

In cases where one's medical illness does come under the SSA listing - as quite a few do – it does not imply that one can fall upon the listing alone as an opportunity to win.

To illustrate the above principles and arguments, many claimants suffering from arthritis  fail to meet the requirements of the criterion under the SSA's Listing of Impairments.