I just got a phone call (actually a robocall) from someone claiming to be with a company saying that I had recently inquired about drawing Social Security disability benefits. Now, I’ve been drawing benefits since 2007. So I asked her who she was and what her company did. She said they could help me qualify for up o $2,000+ in benefits. I told her I was already drawing benefits. She said that someone in my household had recently made this call and could I put that person on the line. I said that there was no one else eligible in the house for them. After the robot processed this information a couple of times, she hung up.
I called Social Security to inquire how this company got its information. The person answering said they had no idea–there wasn’t any activity on my claim since my trial work period decision had been made. She did say they were a legitimate company that represented people who filed claims
I’m here to tell you that you don’t need ANYONE to help you file your claim. No one knows your condition better than you, so you are your own best advocate. You may say, “I don’t understand the rules, though,”
Guess what? Neither do most of the lawyers that claim to help with filing applications. I know them because I worked for them for seven years. But I only know the medical side of it–I know very little about the financial side, that being a determination made by a Social Security employees rather than a Disability Determination Services employee. If you do sign up for a representative to help you file your claim, you forfeit 25% of your benefits to that person unless they waive that right. That’s a steep price to pay someone who is often actually not very helpful. SO don’t be fooled by a lawyer or especially a private individual who claims to be able to help you get benefits. You can do it on your own.