Disability advocates can play crucial roles in the disability application process. This is because disability advocates focus solely on helping people get their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims accepted.
While claimants are not required to hire a disability advocate to file a claim, it is always a good idea to do so. This is because of the high rate at which disability cases are denied. Hiring a disability advocate early in the application process can not only increase the likelihood of your claim being approved but it may possibly expedite the process.
There are a number of reasons why so many disability applications are denied. Generally, many denials stem from The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) strict definition of disability. This alone is a considerable hurdle to clear, but it also magnifies the seriousness of any mistakes made during the application process—even seemingly insignificant ones. Just one error can be enough to get an entire application denied.
A disability advocate may only be paid once your claim is approved. In most cases, the fee they receive is taken out of the lump sum of cash benefits you receive once your claim is awarded. This lump sum, or backpay, are the funds SSA has determined are owed once it is determined that you have been disabled for a considerable amount of time prior to your application being approved.