Who Can Help Me Apply For Disability Benefits?

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It is never easy to apply for Social Security disability benefits. If you are unable to apply on your own, there are people who can help you apply for disability benefits application.

Possible disability benefits help can be sought from family and friends, your doctor, an SSA representative, a disability benefits advocate and a disability attorney. They can help you provide evidence proving the severity of your medical condition means you are unable to work for at least 12 months.

Family Members & Friends

Family members and friends can assist someone apply for disability benefits by helping them complete the relevant forms provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

They can also help the applicant gather together the medical evidence required which proves the medical condition is severe enough to qualify for disability benefits.

You do not need to be appointed as the representative of the person you are helping by the SSA in order to help him or her apply for disability benefits.

But if the family member you are helping wants to appoint you officially as the authorized representative to conduct your business with the SSA you should submit Form SSA-1696-U4 (Appointment of Representative).


Your doctor may be able to help you file your claim by providing the medical evidence that proves the severity of your medical condition.

This includes the results of medical tests and a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) Assessment which reveals what ability you have to move, carry, lift and push as well as an assessment of your medical capacity.

SSA Representative

If you apply in person, someone at the SSA office can help you fill out your application.

Disability Benefits Advocate

A disability benefits advocate can help you complete the disability benefits application form even though they are certified they don’t have a legal background. Once you have won your disability benefits claim the advocate will get paid 25% of your back pay or $6,000, whichever is less.

Disability Benefits Attorney

A lawyer can help you through all stages of application process. No upfront fee is payable but the lawyer will get paid 25% of your back pay or $6,000, whichever is less once you have started receiving your disability benefits.

Get Help From a Disability Lawyer

The SSA requires a lot of information from the applicant applying for disability benefits and it is easier to win a claim by working with an attorney with a free case evaluation.  

The disability lawyer will ensure all the medical evidence supports the claim that the medical condition prevents the applicant from working for at least 12 months.

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