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Do I really have to hire an attorney to represent me in my Social Security disability claim?

Well, you might not want to hire an attorney to represent you in your social security disability claim if you do your own medical care and your own medical work, and do your own dental work. But by in large, it's always better to have an attorney on board to supervise and shepherd your case while it goes through the system to make sure all your medical evidence is taken care of. And to contact your medical doctors to get their opinions on what you can and can not do, because that's going to have an incredible impact on the determination as to whether or not you're disabled. I can't encourage my clients enough to get source statements from their doctors or have their attorneys do it. So that the judge who considers the case knows what the medical limitations are and making his determination on a vocational issue in an administrative case.