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More Social Security Disability Applicants Are Seeking Representation
Date:4/20/2009

Allsup outlines top 10 questions people ask when choosing a Social Security representative

Belleville, IL (Vocus) April 20, 2009 -- Social Security disability applicants can see benefits when they hire a representative to help them apply, according to Allsup, which represents tens of thousands of people in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) process each year.

In fact, more people are getting representation, especially at the hearing level (level 3) of the SSDI application process. About 90 percent of all hearings involved representatives in fiscal year 2007, compared with about 84 percent in fiscal year 2004, according to the Social Security Administration1. More than 765,000 people are waiting just at the hearing level to see if they will be awarded benefits.

"Once people quit working because of a disability, it's important to realize that their situations are not likely to get easier--but rather more complex," said Ed Swierczek, senior claimant representative. "This is another reason to get representation earlier in the SSDI process, for example, at the initial application or after you've had your first denial of benefits."

SSDI is a federally mandated insurance program overseen by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that operates separately from the retirement and SSI programs. SSDI provides monthly benefits to individuals who are under full retirement age (age 65 or older) and who can no longer work because of a disability (injury, illness or condition) that is expected to last for at least 12 months or is terminal. Individuals must h
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