Though it is possible to be approved for disability benefits when applying the first time, most applicants either do not know enough about the process or do not prepare enough in advance and are not successful in their first attempt. This is where the hiring of an advocate plays to your advantage. The advocate will know the ins and outs of the process thoroughly and can almost guarantee your approval the first time you apply. Advocates do charge a fee for their work, but this fee is taken out of your check from Social Security, so, you only pay if you win!
Your advocate may either be an attorney or simply a person who knows a lot about the social security process. The prices of these advocates are regulated by Social Security and must not be more than 25% of the retroactive payment you might receive. You will only need to pay this fee if your application is approved. This means that if you are not approved while using your advocate, you will not have to pay them. Whether your advocate is an attorney or not does not change the amount you will pay for their help. This is to your benefit as it gives the advocate motivation and gives you peace of mind.
An advocate may help their clients with tasks such as filling out questionnaires and forms, accompanying them to the initial interview, getting medical records sent in, and tracking the application once it has been submitted. All of these aids are invaluable to your success when tackling the process of applying for Social Security Disability Benefits. It is important that you ask all potential advocates to what extent they will help you out and follow your application. You should feel comfortable that your needs are met and choose an advocate based on this.
The knowledge and experience that an advocate provides for his or her clients are an all but necessary part of the application process. Of those who choose to apply without hiring an advocate, only 25 to 50 percent are approved. Some companies that employ advocates boast of rates as high as 95% approval for all of their clients. This dramatic increase in rates is due to the expertise of the advocates and their ability to consistently win success for their clients.
At this point, you may still be thinking that hiring an advocate would be a hassle and not worth it in the end. This could not be farther from the truth. These advocates want to work with you and will make the whole process a lot easier on you. They will do all of the work that you either do not have time to do or do not know how to do.
Working with an advocate is to your advantage in every way possible. You personally will have less to do and you will have a significantly greater chance of being approved for disability benefits.