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bsjaguar
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   Posted 12/1/2009 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I remember in a past post that someone had a good website to help in finding a lawyer for ssdi in a specific region.  It has been 5 months since I filed for ssdi and they are still reviewing the medical portion of my records.  I thought that maybe I should be looking for a lawyer now in case I am turned down and have to file an appeal.  As far as I know you only have 60 days to file an appeal and I don't want to run out of time by trying to find a respectable lawyer in my area.  If anyone can help with this I would really appreciate it.
---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


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 12/1/2009 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
   Jag....I hate to see you sitting all by yourself here...so I will wait with you! :) I think all the gang must be dealing with their own problems...and seems like this month...it has been crazy for everyone. White Beard is in court, PaLady has been dealing with her problems, and Stray has really been hit hard with medical issues too. I'm here for you....just pet me every once in a while...and I will stay right beside you. I have always heard that when you get a Lawyer involved...they want a portion of the winnings for the rest of your life!....have you heard this too?
 
Your Buddy...Michael

Piercings
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   Posted 12/1/2009 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Usually it's only a portion of the back pay. I'll take a quick glance to see if I can find that link for the lawyers.

Edit: Checked the sticky in this thread. Here's the state by state list from one of the sites that Chutz had put into the sticky info.

www.disabilitysecrets.com/assistance.html

If you like I'll hunt some more when I get back. Gotta to sign some paperwork in town
Curious people are interesting people...I wonder why that is.
~Bill Maher

Post Edited (Piercings) : 12/1/2009 1:01:04 PM (GMT-7)


bsjaguar
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   Posted 12/1/2009 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Piercings but that's not it. I think PaLady or Straydog had posted something about certified lawyers or something like that and I did look at it at the time and did find 1 lady lawyer in my town but now I don't know the site. It was a state.org type site. I'll take the time and search for it tomorrow. PaLady may show up later, she is a night owl here normally.

Thanks for waiting with me Michael. The lawyer normally gets a percentage of your back earnings up to a certain amount. I didn't see the need for a lawyer for the first round but if I am denied, which most are on the first try, I will be talking to a lawyer at that point. There is such a backlog right now with SSDI that my patience is wearing thin.
---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


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 12/1/2009 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
    yeh...PaLady...and Stray, are the ones...to go to on this!.....smart little cookies they are! Hope all works out for you....and I keep learning new things all the time by hanging around here....lets see what Ms Owl...has to say tonight....she is a Hoot you know! :)

bluejet2
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   Posted 12/1/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I am on SSD, and my lawyer got 25% of my children's and my back pay.  A piece of advice I'd like to give if you don't mind - make sure that your lawyer does only SSD cases, it makes a huge difference.  I was one of the lucky ones that got approved on the first try, and I give a great deal of credit to my lawyer for that. 
 
I wish you well and hope that you get an answer quickly and that it is a postive one!
 
Lorie
 
P.S.  Straydog is definitely the one to answer any questions related to SSD as she used to work for an attorney that did this type of law.

straydog
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   Posted 12/1/2009 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Jag,

I suggest that you look in the yellow pages under attys and look for one that handles SSD only. I also suggest that you call your local lawyer referral service and ask them for names & phone numbers. The local ref services give good info out.

Personally, I would not consider any of the attys listed on the web site that is in CP 101. The guy that wrote all of this stuff was not entirely correct on some of his info. He did list some very good info but do not take everything written there as the gospel.

I question how he managed to come up with all of the percentages that he did for each state and just how updated his info is. Just because he worked for SS does not mean that he worked is every aspect of dealing with claims, lol

You have 60 days from the date of any denial to request a Reconsideration. That request is two sentences long. Most attys do not want to be involved until a claim is denied.

Never pay an atty upfront to handle a SSD claim. Only sign a Contract with one on a "contingency fee agreement only". There is a cap on how much an atty can charge a claimant and this amount is set by SSD office. The atty gets paid out f your back pay. Jag, do a quick search on SSD we had a good thread going at one time on it.

I have wildman today, his Mom will be here arounf 5:00 to pick him up. If you have any questions I can help answer let me know.


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<FONT>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 & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. 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 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


deb in indiana
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   Posted 12/1/2009 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
My son does ssd cases he lives in Il. and is very good he has won all his cases Deb

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   Posted 12/1/2009 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Jag,
Did I mention Martindale Hubble? (or Hubbel, I can never remember exactly). They rate attorneys and you can search by locality, speciality, etc.

Susie - I wondered about that disabilitysecrets.com site. I had looked there, too, and it kind of seemed like it might be someone trying to suck in business. There's some info., but it's not the site I personally rely on, so it was good to hear you say that. I pretty much stay with the ssd site, and I know they're the ones that write the rules!

PaLady

bsjaguar
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   Posted 12/2/2009 4:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to everyone for the info. I'll do some more searching on my end. I know I found a lady lawyer which handled SSDI cases and I think she worked out of the UAW office here. We have a big GM plant in our town. I definately do not want to use one of the law offices advertised on tv or the internet, I want to stay somewhat local so I can meet them face to face.

Crazy, I'm in Ohio.
---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


straydog
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   Posted 12/2/2009 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Jag you are on the right page, you do not need an atty till you get told one way or the other what SSD decides. Take your time sorting one. Your lawyer thru the union may very well be a good source, worth checking into. If you can find a local atty Board certified in SSD great. If at all possible stick with a local one and stay away from the tv guide attys and the internet idiots. Gawd those people stink.

Yes, I feel that person that once worked for SS is in to this for $$. My biggest concern is he is not correct on many things. Thats a enough for me. The SS site is a very good source as PaLady says because they are the ones that sets out the guidelines for it all. At least there you know you have updated accurate info.


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<FONT>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 & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. 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 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


bsjaguar
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   Posted 12/2/2009 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Figured I'd start checking around now so if I get the denial letter in the mail I won't be going crazy trying to find a lawyer and get everything done in the 60 day limit. Board Certified, that's the word I was trying to come up with before, thanks Straydog.
---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


straydog
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   Posted 12/2/2009 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I am encouraged you are still in the review end of things with your medical records. At least you know something is happening with it. Another thing to give some consideration is when calling any atty's office if the desk dragon comes on breathing fire on you, that may be one to mark off the list. That tends to tell you how the rest of the group probably has that attitude.
 

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 & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. 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 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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