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Getting Help with Initial Social Security Disability Application Can Speed Access to Benefits
Date:5/10/2010

Allsup survey finds almost nine in 10 SSDI recipients would have found it useful to know representation options before filing their application.

Belleville, IL (Vocus) May 10, 2010 — Many people with disabilities apply for Social Security disability benefits on their own, only to have their application denied, according to Allsup. The Belleville, Ill., company represents tens of thousands of people nationwide in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) application process each year.

More than 60 percent of initial disability applications are denied, with many of these filed by individuals on their own without expert representation. However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) reports that 90 percent of disability applicants have representation at the hearing level, after their application has been denied at least once, showing the importance of seeking representation.

Unfortunately, many people are unaware they can have representation from the outset. In fact, a national survey found that 85 percent of applicants would have found it useful for the SSA to inform them in advance of their options for receiving help with their SSDI application. The survey was conducted with nearly 300 successful SSDI claimants who came to Allsup after having their initial disability applications rejected.

“You put yourself at a disadvantage if you wait until after you’ve been denied to get assistance with your disability claim,” said Mike Stein, assistant vice president of claims at Allsup. <
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