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straydog
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   Posted 8/24/2009 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I see you are either applying or have applied for SSD. You mentioned in a post to Pete that if you get turned down for benefits you would then hire an atty. This is how attys I know take the cases, they wait till the person has received a denial.
 
I want to caution you a little about some things when hiring an atty. Do your homework before hiring one. Find a local atty that is board certified in SSD. Get an atty that lets you come into the office so you can put an eyeball on things. If you get bad vibes going on-do not sign with the atty. get out of there. Stay away from the high rollers that advertise on tv or spend $75 k for a big yellow page ad, ok. here is why, nine times out of ten you will never meet this guy, and he usually will have a bunch of green horns working for him fresh out of law school and still wet behind the ears. You do not want them cutting their teeth on your claim. Those guys have the biggest ego's you have ever seen and usually they are just plain idiots themselves. We have quite a few of these high rollers here in the Fort Worth/Dallas area, I have seen how they handle their clients and the cases and its not professional in many instances. They can talk the but they can't walk the walk.
 
Only sign what is called a Contingency Contract/Authority to Represent which means if he wins the claim for you he gets paid out of your past due benefits and there is a cap on what he can be paid. If the case is lost then you owe him no money. Do not pay any money up front. Never be pressured to sign anything, if you would liek to take the paperwork home and read it, then ask them to let you do just that.
 
Call your local bar association and they will give you names and phone numbers of attys that handle SSD claims. When calling the attys office ask if they are board certified and how long he has been handling SS claims. You can also go online and check out an atty to see if he has ever been reprimanded and what for, had his license suspended, complaints filed, you get the picture. All you have to do is go online for state bar in your state.
 
Good luck and if i think of anything else I will post it. Good luck.
Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


bsjaguar
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   Posted 8/25/2009 3:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much Susie for the info. I wrote down what you said and will be checking on line today. I hope Pete and PaLady read this cause they too are filing for SSDI. Sounds like Pete isn't happy with his lawyer now.

Good Luck with the cellulitis. When doing home health I had a client with it and it isn't a fun thing to have. Her legs were swollen and red, she looked very uncomfortable. I remember your first thread telling us your symptoms and I suggested that it may be cellulitis and sure enough it was. I'll be checking for the results of your current testing when you see your doctor next.
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


PAlady
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   Posted 8/25/2009 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, Susie, thanks for this! I didn't know there was a board certification just for SSD! That's great news!

But like you said, attorneys around here won't even talk to you until you have been denied at least once.

PaLady

straydog
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   Posted 8/25/2009 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes they are out there. It sounds like a lot of work I know finding the right one, but not really anymore because so much can be done online. I think one of the main reasons I stopped watching tv was I got so tired of those jerks on tv talkg about how great they were, what a good job they did for their clients and yada yada. I knew these idiots and would not wipe my behind with their degrees lol.
Straydog/Susie
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


skeye
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   Posted 8/25/2009 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Jag,

This is off topic of Susie's post to you, but I was wondering how you are doing with your shingles treatment?

Skeye
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