How to Find the Best SSD Advocate

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How to Find the Best SSD Advocate

If you’re applying for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, you may know that getting approved can be an uphill battle. While the numbers differ a little from year to year and state to state, well over half of SSD applications are denied on initial consideration. That means most will have to start winding their way through the SSD appeals process

The further into the SSD appeals process you get, the more complicated the procedures. For example, if your request for reconsideration fails (as most do), you move on to a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). The earlier in the process, you get an experienced disability advocate on your side, the better. But, the internet is a sea of options. How do you know who to work with?

What to Consider in a Social Security Disability Advocate

There are several factors to consider when choosing an SSD benefits advocate. Some are general and some may be specific to your circumstances. Some key considerations include: 

  1. Experience. One of the key benefits of working with an SSD advocate is that an experienced advocate will know the process inside out and will have a thorough understanding of the criteria, what type of evidence the Social Security Administration (SSA) is looking for, and how best to present it. Make sure your advocate has that experience. 
  2. Specifics. Confidence is great, but it’s not enough. Don’t let an advocate slide by with generalities about how confident they are and how many successes they’ve had. Ask questions about what they see as the strengths and weaknesses of your specific claim and what they can do to give you the best chance of approval. 
  3. Knowledge of your case type. Some types of SSD claims are more common than others. If you have a non-listed condition, a mix of several conditions, a special circumstance that might qualify you to have your case fast-tracked, make sure your advocate knows how to handle your type of claim. 
  4. Accessibility. Skills and knowledge are critical, but it’s also important that you feel comfortable talking with your advocate, asking questions, and sharing personal information. Choose someone who listens to your questions and takes the time to explain in a way that’s easy to understand. 

Start with a Free Disability Case Review

When you schedule a free case review with Disability Help Group, you’ll get more than an assessment of your claim. You’ll also get the opportunity to talk with us and ask questions about our qualifications, experience, and commitment to helping you get the benefits you deserve. 

Schedule your free case review now by calling (800) 800-3332 right now, or contact us here now.


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