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Which has the best rate of success on SSD Appeal

PreachermanPPreacherman Posts: 13
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Health Insurance Issues
(A) File the appeal myself
(B) File the appeal with the assistance of a Disability Advocate
(C) Hire a lawyer

Also, would a letter from my former employer help?

Thanks, Tim


  • I'm rather new to filing myself, but I hired a lawyer right away. I did get denied, and we are appealing. But I'm told people have more success with a lawyer. Attorneys will take a percentage if you win.
  • according to her assistant, nearly all cases go to a hearing. Makes you wonder-- why don't they just go ahead and do away with the appeal and make the hearing the 2nd step?
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    I'd hire a lawyer or disability advocate.

    Any correspondence from the employer won't carry much weight as the person writing it is not a professional and it would not address your ability to do "any job" (which is what SS needs to prove for you to be approved).

    SS usually considers objective medical and vocational information, but the vocational information has to come from a certified vocational counselor or provider. But, consult with an attorney or advocate and if they feel employer data may help they may be able to counsel you on exactly what to get. Info that says "he couldn't do the job" won't be of any value, only info that says "we accomodated his need for "x" and "y" and found that due to his medical condition he was no longer to work even with these accommodations".

    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • If you are talking about an appeal,i would get a lawyer...
  • Preacherman said:
    (A) File the appeal myself
    (B) File the appeal with the assistance of a Disability Advocate
    (C) Hire a lawyer

    Also, would a letter from my former employer help?

    Thanks, Tim
    Howdy Tim,

    If you have a slam dunk - go on your own. Ooops, forget that, there is no such thing! If financially you can afford a SSDI lawyer, that might be the best - but they do get a cut of your reward. The good things...they know how SS wants things worded, and too many know "who" and "how" to talk and correspond with these folks.

    A letter from your former employer helps (a little), as it shows that a "layman" stipulates you can not perform your job due to physical limitations. The medical documentation, reports (MRI's, CT's etc.) and statements from your primary care (diagnostician, surgeon etc.) is better for baring weight on your case as they are the experts.

    Many times you are denied on the first and second attempt, but you have to remember, a "non medical" person is reading your packet and making a decision. The reason for the appeals court is many times the frivolous cases are weeded out - not all of course, but many... Hope that helps. Take care.


    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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