Monday, January 05, 2009

Should I be Following behind my Social Security Disability Advocate?

Most Social Security disability advocates are reliable, and generally there is no need to follow behind them. However, there are other reasons to follow behind your Social Security disability advocate, which have nothing to do with duties they perform.

For instance, it does not hurt to call and check the status of your disability claim or appeal, because there are a myriad of things that can happen once an appeal or disability claim has been filed that can delay progress on a case. There are times when your disability advocate may have filed all the necessary paperwork for your appeal, however it may be sitting on a claims representative’s desk for days or even months (yes, months). Social Security offices are receiving an unprecedented amount of appeals and initial disability claims, and, quite frankly, Social Security personnel are often overworked.

Plainly, it would not hurt the progress of your disability claim if you were to follow up on your claim, rather than wait on your Social Security disability advocate. Many Social Security Advocates have rather large disability caseloads, consequently many do not get around to checking the status of all of their clients cases in a timely manner ("timely manner" is a subjective phrase; however, for those with caseloads of four or five hundred cases, status checking may never be perfect).

Additionally, there are times when, for some reason or another, appeal requests or decisional notices have been lost in the mail. If you do not appeal your disability appeal denial or initial disability claim denial within the sixty-five day appeal period (sixty days plus five extra days for mail time), you may have to begin the Social Security disability process again.

For that reason alone, it may be wise for you to follow behind your disability advocate.

Note: There is no special treatment given to disability claimants whose disability advocate made a mistake with regard to filing timely disability denial appeals.

From my own experience, I have found that the claimant representative-relationship works best as a partnership, one working toward the common goal of winning Social Security disability benefits. Therefore, you are helping both yourself and your disability advocate when you take an active role in following the progress of your disability claim. You may even prevent a costly error that could cause your disability claim to be denied, or you may help to prevent an untimely appeal request (in other words, submitting a late appeal) that could force you to begin the disability process again.

Return to the Social Security Disability SSI Benefits Blog

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Conditions that Social Security will recognize as a disability
What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI Disability ?
Opinions on Appealing a Disability Denial of Social Security Benefits


Blogger TomaszStasiuk said...

Absolutely! There is no reason to be kept in the dark.

I tell my clients that if they have the slightest question about what is going on with their case to call.

Fortunately, with more appeals being filed electronically, you receive a confirmation of the appeal being filed as soon as you hit the "send" button.

If you are meeting with your attorney to complete the appeal, you KNOW it has been filed.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Sixth Grade Girl said...

Good to find your blog. Although my husband, who is slowly losing his eyesight, did not have problems with his disability, it is always encouraging to find someone who is in similar situations, reguarding vision lost. I am tring to track down a dr. located in Memphis, TN who is a retinal specialist. Do you have any idea what his name might be?

11:30 AM  
Blogger Disability Blogger said...

"If you are meeting with your attorney to complete the appeal, you KNOW it has been filed."

You also know the 827s will be sent in which could otherwise hold up a recon (for a claimant filing their appeal on their own)

11:36 AM  

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