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YOU NEED TO KNOW SOCIAL SECURITY LAW IN ORDER TO WIN YOUR CLAIM

"May I represent myself in a Social Security hearing?"  This translates into "Do I know Social Security law well enough to represent myself?"  Would you represent someone else at a Social Security hearing?  If the answer is no, then surely you should not represent yourself!

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is governed by complicated federal regulations, found primarily in the 20 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 404, Parts 1-99.  This makes up several thousand pages of regulations.

Failure to know and follow the regulations will probably result in the denial of your claim for benefits.  This is true, even if you don't realize it when it happens.

For example, if the vocational expert testifies that your past work was skilled at a medium SVP, and that you possess "transferable skills"  to sedentary work, you may not realize that this lays a basis for a denial.

Another example:  All of your past work required lifting up to 50 pounds…