By the time claimants reach the hearing level, or the second appeal, about 90 percent of people applying have a representative helping them with their case. "If you make that decision early, you may be able to avoid the hearing process altogether," said Mr. Allsup. "There is a lot that a representative can do to help you through the SSDI process and get you to the other side with less stress."
If you're not certain you are eligible for SSDI based on your work history, contact the Disability Evaluation Center at (800) 279-4357.
For more information about choosing a representative and your options, visit Choosing Disability Representation online.
¹ - Social Security Administration, Justification of Estimates for Appropriations Committee, May 2009. http://www.ssa.gov/budget.
² - Social Security Administration, FY 2010 Budget Overview, May 2009. http://www.ssa.gov/budget.
Allsup, Belleville, Ill., is a leading nationwide provider of financial and healthcare related services to people with disabilities. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009, Allsup has helped more than 120,000 people receive their entitled Social Security Disability Insurance and Medicare benefits. Allsup employs more than 580 professionals who deliver services directly to consumers and their families, or through their employers and long-term disability insurance carrier
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