Social Security FAQs

Stephen J. Hogg


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Social Security FAQs

The answers below regarding Social Security Disability are particularly useful in explaining the disability claim process. Disability examiners work from inside the Social Security system making decisions on claims.

Do I need a social security disability attorney?

You do not have to hire an attorney to represent you at your disability hearing; however, an experienced social security disability attorney, like Stephen J. Hogg, will greatly improve your chances of winning your case. In fact, statistics show that a disability claimant (applicant) who is represented by an attorney at the Federal Appeal hearing level is twice as likely to be approved than an unrepresented claimant.

What happens if I keep getting denied?

In the event that you are denied at the hearing level, and your attorney can’t or won’t help appeal I will pursue your case to the federal court.

This can all sound a bit discouraging, but keep in mind that a significant number of people who have been denied Social Security Disability are approved at one of the levels of appeal. So, if you believe you are disabled, it is worth your time and patience to appeal to Federal court even after you’ve been denied at the hearing level.

What reasons could I be denied Social Security?

  1. You Earn Too Much Money
  2. Your Disability Won’t Last Long Enough
  3. The SSA Cannot Find You
  4. You Refuse to Cooperate
  5. You Fail to Follow Prescribed Therapy
  6. Your Disability is Based on Drug Addiction
  7. You Commit Fraud to Obtain Social Security Disability
  8. People are usually denied Social Security Benefits, at least initially, because Social Security says they can do some other less physically or mentally demanding work even with limitations.