Disability Help Group was founded over 25 years ago by experienced disability experts and have been supporting and advocating for the disabled ever since. Our team of dedicated advocates are passionate about helping the disabled and ensuring their rights are protected.
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With over two decades of experience advocating for disability benefits, we know how to navigate the Federal benefits process to achieve the best outcome for our clients. Our advocates work alongside you to provide expert guidance and support through this challenging time in your life. We have representatives across the country to ensure your best interest is protected and the disability process is being properly followed.
Whether you work with Disability Help Group or Veterans Help Group, our disability advocates go the extra mile to ensure your application is the strongest it can be. Our vast experience gives us an advantage of knowing what rules to follow and what supporting evidence to include to give you the best chance of winning.
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Will hiring a representative slow down my VA benefits case?
No. In fact, the VA’s own Director of Compensation and Pension recently stated that hiring a representative can help cases move quicker. A veterans disability representative knows the type of evidence the VA is looking for and can spot issues that are slowing down cases.
Will hiring a veteran disability representative increase my chances of winning?
While we can’t guarantee success, in 2013 the VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals suggests that using a representative increases the chance of winning an appeal compared to using Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and other representatives, or not using a representative at all. (Board of Veterans’ Appeals Report of the Chairman Fiscal Year 2013).
Will hiring a representative speed up my veteran’s disability case?
While an experienced representative cannot speed up the appeal process itself, they can help prevent delays from occurring. Many cases are denied because files are incomplete and claimants are unaware of the legal standards needed to win. Working with a representative ensures documents are sent timely to the correct people, requests for information are responded to quickly, and the correct evidence is submitted to the VA. In extreme cases of inaction by the VA, a representative can even file petitions with the Court of Veterans Appeals.
Does the VA make mistakes in its decisions?
As recently as 2012, the VA’s Inspector General, the auditing arm of the VA, reported that in the Cleveland VA Regional Office alone 26% of veterans disability claims were inaccurately processed. That’s 1 in 4 that were incorrectly decided.
Do Iraq and Afghanistan veterans get priority for VA disability claims?
No. However, the veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have been filing more and more claims as expected and this is causing an increase in the backlog of claims and appeals.
Can veterans’ disability representatives delay cases to increase their fees?
No. The VA has created an absurdly long appeal system and has made it worse by allowing a backlog of claims of nearly 1 million. The only group motivated to slow down the case is the VA since it can delay the payment of money. Moreover, representatives have ethical rules prohibiting this conduct and are monitored by the VA and bar associations to prevent it.
Since VA appeals take a long time should I just re-file a new disability claim?
If a veteran withdraws the appeal and re-files a new claim, the effective date of the previous claim will change to the date of the most recent claim, which can cause issues with back pay. Additionally, if a veteran files a new claim, the evidentiary burden on the veteran increases, requiring them to present new and material evidence and cannot rely on the evidence in the earlier claim or appeal.
Social Security Disability
Our disability experts are here to assist you through the complex disability benefits process
You can apply for Social Security Disability benefits: 1) in person by visiting your local Social Security office, 2) by phone by calling 1.800.772.1213, or 3) online by visiting www.ssa.gov. If you apply online, contact Social Security by phone to ensure your application is in their system.
How many work credits do I need in order to qualify for disability insurance benefits?
The number of work credits you need to qualify for disability insurance benefits depends on your age. There are special rules for claimants under 30. If you are between the ages of 31-42, you’ll need at least 20 credits to qualify. After the age of 42, the number of work credits to qualify increases. Once you are 62 or older, the maximum of 40 work credits are required.
How severe does my injury or illness need to be in order to qualify?
A qualified medical physician must determine your condition to cause severe functional limitations. Additionally, your impairment must meet or equal a Social Security ‘listing’ or prevent you from ‘substantial gainful activity’.
How long does it take to receive a decision from the Social Security Administration?
It can take 3 to 6 months to receive a decision. If you are not satisfied with the SSA’s decision, you have the right to appeal the decision by filing a request for Reconsideration. If your Reconsideration is denied, you will need to request a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). It can take between 6 months and 2 years to have an ALJ assigned to your claim.
What should I do if my claim is denied?
Don’t give up! Reach out to us here at The Disability Help Group, and we will get started on your appeal.