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How Much Does It Cost To Hire a Disability Advocate?

Many people who are considering filing for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are worried about the cost of hiring someone to represent them. And rightly so: Sometimes, hiring a professional is a very costly - out of many people's budgets.

Getting Evidence From Your Doctor: Tips To Help Strengthen Your Claim

If you are seeking Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you know how important medical documentation is to the strength of your case. When it comes to getting supporting evidence from your doctor, what is going to be most effective?

Can I Represent Myself In My SSD Claim?

If you are disabled and considering applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you may have questions about the application process. And you may be wondering if you need to work with a disability advocate - or whether you can handle this on your own.

Are Older Individuals More Likely To Get Social Security Disability Benefits?

When it comes to applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, are older workers more likely to get approved than younger workers?

The answer, in general, is yes.

The Social Security Administration considers many factors when evaluating a SSD claim. Age is one of those factors. The severity of the impairment, work experience, education, and other factors are also considered.

How Strong Is My Social Security Disability Case?

Are you disabled and unable to work? If so, you are probably dealing with a great amount of stress and anxiety about your condition and how it affects your ability to work. If you are considering seeking Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you may also have concerns about the strength of your claim:

  • Does my disability qualify me for SSD benefits?
  • How likely is my SSD claim to get approved?
  • Am I disabled enough to get SSD benefits?

The process of applying for SSD benefits is not a fast one, and it is important to note that the majority of initial claims are denied. But don't be discouraged. If you are disabled and seeking benefits, help is available.

A Twenty Year Battle For Benefits

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits isn't an easy process. It not quick, either. There are endless forms, questionnaires, and requirements. And, at the end of it all, the likelihood that a claim will be approved is slim. In fact, the majority of Initial Applications for disability are denied. Once appealed to the Reconsideration level, the majority of those claims are denied as well. Once an individual has made their way through all of the case stages, their average wait time can be over three years (based on the Social Security Administration's own data).

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