soc sec final appeal (without a lawyer?) district court , attorney general, etc

daisymay Community Member May 01, 2008
  • right now all i can think about and worry about is soc sec.  has anyone gone to final appeal without a lawyer and if so, do you have any tips,information or anything that would be helpful to prepare me.thanks,daisymay

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  • Anonymous
    bunny
    Jun. 01, 2009

    First, get a SSDI lawyer! All must inform you they take up to a small amt, limited by the state you live in-so check with the state comptroller or on the internet to make sure what the lawyer will take is right.

    You need a lawyer.

    Second, find a doctor who can help you, a pain mgmt specialist-A Physiatrist.

    Note the spelling. It is not a Psychologist or Psychiatrist....

    RHMLucky777

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    First, get a SSDI lawyer! All must inform you they take up to a small amt, limited by the state you live in-so check with the state comptroller or on the internet to make sure what the lawyer will take is right.

    You need a lawyer.

    Second, find a doctor who can help you, a pain mgmt specialist-A Physiatrist.

    Note the spelling. It is not a Psychologist or Psychiatrist.

    A Physiatrist-PM&R deals with chronic pain.

    Third - you must get with a doctor you trust, who will help you.

    If you are in terrible pain-go to the hospital to get help.

    You can get treatment, tests, Rx for pain AND a referral to a doctor.

    If limited by money, there are always hospitals that will treat patients for nothing or small fees. You need to go to the hospital, to get help.

    They have social workers, case managers that can help you.

     

     

    95% of SSDI cases are denied- to weed out non-disabled.

    Your disability case can be approved upon filing for an appeal-reconsideration.

    The state SSDI board will most likely send you to their doctor for a medical evaluation.

    A lawyer will help you through the paperwork.

    Depending on where you live, the amt time you worked translates into the amount money you get per month.

    Trust me it sucks, it is taxable, you need to pay for medicare, HMO, dental, but the first place to start is the yellow pages: 1- hospital, 2- SSDI lawyer, 3-Physiatrist, PM&R MD.

     

     

  • heltonunc
    May. 01, 2008

    I went through the appeal process without a lawyer twice and found out that almost no one ever gets approves for social security on the first try. It was only when I hired a firm that specialized in Social Security Disability cases that I got anywhere. From the time I hired them, I won my case within seven months. I never had to go to court, they did everything...

    RHMLucky777

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    I went through the appeal process without a lawyer twice and found out that almost no one ever gets approves for social security on the first try. It was only when I hired a firm that specialized in Social Security Disability cases that I got anywhere. From the time I hired them, I won my case within seven months. I never had to go to court, they did everything for me. All I had to do was sign any needed paperwork and go for any needed physicals and evaluations. My advice is, to just keep fighting, and to do everything that is asked of you by the Social Security Administration. Never give up hope.

    • AchyBreakyBody
      Oct. 22, 2008

      Hello,

      Not knowing what state you live in makes it difficult for me to give you exact advise so I will tell you my story.  I live in California.  I got my disability without the help of an attorney and I am happy I went that route because I needed all the money I hoped to get as I was newly divorced partly because my husband didn't believe I was sick....

      RHMLucky777

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      Hello,

      Not knowing what state you live in makes it difficult for me to give you exact advise so I will tell you my story.  I live in California.  I got my disability without the help of an attorney and I am happy I went that route because I needed all the money I hoped to get as I was newly divorced partly because my husband didn't believe I was sick.

      I applied for disability and they sent me the paperwork to complete.  I did this 3 times and every time I was denied disability.   It is important to keep great notes about your health and it is important to notify your doctors you are working towards getting your disability.  If your doctor knows what you are doing and they have diagnoised you with fibromyalgia (or whatever) then they can help you and they can make sure your health records reflect exactly what your health issues are.  Be sure every doctor you have knows you are applying for disability.

      I kept copies of each form SS sent me and asked me to fill out.  All the forms are basically the same.   They ask basically the same questions.  The thing you need to do is each time you fill out the forms you explain the pain is worse, you have more limitations on what you can do.  Your medications have side effects and be sure to list the side effects and the fact that the longer you take them the worse the side effects get if this haqppens.  It is important to keep notes and records of what you have already said because when you complete the forms again you might be having an exceptionally good day and your outlook is better but the day you mail the forms off the bottom falls out again.  Understand what I am trying to say?  You cannot go by how you feel on one day, you have to take a look at your health and life everyday and use that as your report.  I had to complete the forms 3 times and I explained each time my health was worse than it was the previous report time.  I was taking more medication etc..  After the 3rd time I was denied again but was  told I could have a hearing before a judge with or without an attorney.  At my hearing it was just the judge,myself and a mediator (the mediator was there on my behalf).  I could bring someone to testify on my behalf if I wanted.  The judge had ALL my health records and I was given time to look them over and add anything new.  Honestly after looking at my files I felt I didn't have a chance but I went into my hearing with a positive attitude and answered all the judge's questions as honestly as I could.  He offered to delay the hearing for me to get an attorney but I declined.  I said all my health records were in the file and I trusted him to read it and make an honest and fair decision because I didn't think I could go through the stress again.  He asked me questions and asked the mediator a few questions one of which was did he think I was capable of getting a job.  The mediator said yes BUT she would not be able to hold it because I would have to call in too many times because of the pain and fatigue.  The judge thanked both of us and said I would get my answer in the mail within a month.  In a month I received my letter saying I was granted disability and it gave a list of the illinesses why.  Some of the illinesses I hadn't even mentioned but the judge found the information in my files.

      I have to say this is one time for me the system worked.

      I hope I haven't bored you with all of the info but I went through the process blind and had to figure it all out by myself just as I had to figure out what was wrong with me.  Best of luck.    Oh, by the way, my daughter has fibromyalgia and a few other things and she went to her hearing with out an attorney  and she won !!

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