No one will ever force you to hire an attorney, whether it’s a criminal case, a civil case involving an accident or injury, or a Social Security case. The question is, is it prudent to represent one’s self, especially at the appellate levels of reconsideration or hearing where the issues are issues that a claimant is ordinarily not familiar with. There are intricacies and nuances in the law which people will not appreciate. Given the fact that the attorney’s on a contingency, that is, he only gets paid if he wins the case, my advice would be, and I understand that I am not totally impartial although I try to be, that if you have been turned down at the initial level and you are dependent on Social Security for the rest of your life, , it would be foolish not to hire competent counsel. Now when I say competent counsel, just because someone is an attorney doesn’t mean that they know anything or everything about Social Security. One should seek out a NOSSCR-affiliated attorney or one that you can rely on based on recommendations to represent you in your Social Security claim.
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