If a person is disabled and thus unable to work, he or she has the right of pursuing a claim for social security disability getting it filled immediately. Many who have made claims for disability benefits have experienced hardships and problems generally because they do not know the length of the process involved and only realize later that it was better that they had filled an application immediately. In case a claimant is denied his or her initial claim, he or she should immediately consult a social security attorney or a non attorney representative who will provide representation and assist in the claim for both the past (back pay) and the continuing benefits.
Consulting an attorney would be very important, reason being that disability system operates in a way that the claimant application may be approved on the initial application or may be forced to appeal with the case being presented before a judge. Though this does not happen all the time, it is a predictable occurrence when dealing with social security disability claims. Statistics have shown that initial claims are denied sixty to seventy percent of the time, forcing the claimants to ask for a hearing in order to be approved; in most cases represented by a social security disability attorney.
The fact is that many of the social security disability claims will not be successful at the initial claim or even at the reconsideration levels. This takes place even when the claimant is represented by non attorney disability advocate or a social security disability attorney. When the case is been handled by the administrative law judge, it is always advisable that the claimant is accompanied by an attorney or disability advocate.
Several claimants have opted to go for a claimant hearing without the need of an attorney and though some have gone ahead to win the award, the chances are fewer than when he or she is represented. The claimant may even realize that getting a disability hearing in the first place may take a longer time than he or she had thought. Some of claimants who have been successful without the assistance of a social security disability attorney or a non attorney representative may not have stood a chance of obtaining the benefits at their earliest convenience. The claimant may also not get much in back pay if he or she fails to obtain the onset date that is most favorable. The attorneys also assist the claimants in getting medical records and statements from the claimant's doctor.