Recently a friend sent me a joke email and the general idea was the one thing we directly fund, with the work we do in this country every day, is constantly being threatened yet the program we do not directly fund through a direct payroll tax, welfare, is the perennially untouched of programs! We hardly ever hear about cuts to welfare but always, the one thing we directly fund through a no-choice payroll tax is constantly on the chopping block. I don’t think this is what FDR had in mind. If you find yourself in a situation that requires you to file for social security disability, I would get a social security disability lawyer immediately.
A lawyer will know the ins-and-outs of this process and will be able to provide help just at a time when you need it most. If you are concerned about the costs of using a lawyer, I would strongly urge you to reflect on what it is going to cost you to be turned down by social security 3 times, which normally takes a ridiculously long period of time, and then having to start that process again, which will take even more time. When will you have to put on your boxing gloves and get ready to fight? Just when you are at your worst, sick from some awful disease or physically disabled etc… Neither situation marks the most opportune time to use what little energy you have to engage in this exhaustive fight.
The fees for using a lawyer are abysmally low compared to the headaches you will cause yourself in attempting this fight on your own not to mention the money you will not be earning during this fight. It is the worst edition of a lose-lose situation if there ever was one.
If you are not going to be using a lawyer, you need a keen ability to ignore the frustratingly obvious: you are down-and-out and simply requesting money you put on hand with the government for your sick and rainy day, and now you are being made to fight for it. It is also incumbent upon you not only to establish you are disabled but also to illustrate that you paid into the system over the years. This is not a process anyone should undertake on their own and certainly not someone who is sick and in a debilitated state.
Questions about social security law can be answered by the Law Library of Congress, should you have any. This will cause you bureaucratic inertia in short order! Hiring a social security disability lawyer is the best money you will ever spend.