I may be a little prejudiced on this question. I believe that a claimant will almost always do better if they are represented as opposed to not being represented. First of all because the language utilized by Social Security is legalese. The standards utilized by Social Security are things that a lay person is generally not familiar with. It’s like going to China and trying to converse with people in the street. Unless you speak the language you are not going to be able to communicate effectively. Given the fact that an attorney gets paid on a contingency fee basis, and given the fact that his fee is capped anyway, at $6,000 or 25% of back benefits. Given the fact that most people who get disability are getting it for years and years. If they don’t get it their lives are turned upside down. It would be a mistake in my opinion not to be represented by council if you are turned down on the initial level.
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