If you consider yourself to be disabled but you are struggling to successfully gain Social Security disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), it is possible that you feel frustrated and defeated. After one or more denials, you may simply feel like giving up on the process altogether.
You put in your application for Social Security Disability benefits. You know that you can't work. You have a note from your doctor that backs up your position. You feel like it's a guarantee that you will get approved.
You have a legal right to appear in person to present your case for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits directly to the administrative law judge (ALJ). Most claimants wisely choose to get an attorney to represent them if they've reached this level of appeal -- so, is it better to just let your attorney handle the whole thing and skip the hearing? After all, there's plenty of evidence in your file that supports your claim.
A report titled "Functional Assessment for Adults with Disabilities" was published by researchers at The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on May 9. Its authors concluded that too little focus is placed on assessing an applicant's work-related functional abilities when making Social Security disability determinations.
There are people who are thoroughly convinced that thousands of people defraud the Social Security Administration (SSA) every year by claiming benefits they aren't entitled to receive.