Getting a Representative on a Social Security Disability Claim Application

Individuals applying for social security disability or SSI are usually warned against getting representation. In most cases, they are recommended to only get a representative upon denial of the claim and not before or during application.

Importance of Having a Representative

While claimants are often discouraged against representation, to some extent this representation might be considered a necessity. This need can be attributed to the haphazard manner in which these claims are often settled. It is common to find that a case has been decided without referencing important records, whereas missed deadlines for appeal filing, medical exam or hearing are also regular. Such cases can only be avoided if the claimant is assisted by someone conversant with social security law and disability law. Therefore, most people find it necessary to get a representative right from the start.

On the same note, individuals are advised to avoid attending a hearing without a representative who is knowledgeable about social security law and disability law. This mostly applies for individuals who have waited for a long time for scheduling of the hearing.

The Tasks of a Representative

A representative who is on the ball with social security law and disability law in this case is important because, he/she will assist the claimant to prepare appropriately for the hearing. The representative will ensure that medical records have been collected and that the physician’s statements are at hand so that they can be presented before the administrative law judge.

Apart from that, the representative will ensure that he gets a copy of the claimant’s exhibit file which is the social security file in this case. This will enable him/her to scrutinize decisions that were made previously when the initial claim was being processed into a case as well as during the reconsideration levels.

This step is important because it will enable the representative to determine the mistakes and errors that may have arisen in the evaluation stage of the claim. The representative can then bring forth such mistakes and errors during the hearing in a bid to reinforce his/her argument. In most cases, this might prompt the administrative law judge to give benefits.

This article is for information purposes only and not intended for legal advice.

Talk to Tampa attorney Mike Murburg for information about getting a representative on a Social Security Disability claim application. Serving the St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida areas.

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