Social Security Disability and SSI claimants beware who you entrust your valuable disability claim to! Recently, the Wall Street Journal ran an article based on interviews with former "Binder and Binder" employees revealing potentially fraudulent behavior and misrepresentations to the government. Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has asked for an official inquiry into the action of this "firm." Potentially fraudulent actions are bad enough, but claimants need to worry more about how these large "firms" handle and care about the claimants' particular cases. I put the word firm in parentheses because many of these groups are not even law firms or, even if they are, they utilize "non-attorney" representatives because they can be paid less. Often these groups are used by long-term disability insurance companies to "help" claimants win their Social Security Disability claims because it would lessen the benefits owed under the long-term disability plan. These groups often have names meant to confuse claimants and present an image of expertise in the area of Social Security Disability. A large number of claimants represented does not equal quality or, sadly, even competent legal representation.