Will an attorney really improve your chances of winning Social Security Disability or SSI ?
My answer: Yes. How have I arrived at this answer? From my own experience in disability claim representation and as a former disability claim examiner.
However, it's nice to see an actual statistic, and, so, courtesy of an SSA Connect post, here's are some numbers that were presented at a hearing before the social security subcomittee of the House Ways and Means committe in 2001:
"SSA's statistics for FY 2000 indicate that 74.9% of Title II disability claimants are represented by an attorney. Statistics for the same period indicate that the allowance rate at the hearing level for Title II disability claimants with representation is 63.6%; in contrast, the allowance rate for unrepresented Title II claimants is 40.1%."
They're a little out of date, but I don't have any doubt that today's numbers would be very comparable.
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