Another set of questions on disability

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   Posted 11/14/2007 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I know these have probably been asked before but I can't seem to find them, and I can't remember what the answers were.

1. After your initial denial - how many appeals do you get? I know you get a review of your case, a informal hearing, then a formal hearing - after that do you get another one where you go before a judge of is the formal hearing the one before the judge?
2. How do you find out who your state representative is to contact them and inform them of your problems?
3. What type of stuff do you need to make sure that your doctor is documenting in your records?
4. (This isn't really disability question as rather a random one). I have lots of pain when I'm walking at certian times... does anyone know what a person has to do in order to see about getting a handicap tag for their vehicle? I don't even want one to use all the time - rather one to use on the bad days when stuff has to get done.
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   Posted 11/14/2007 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   

just go here to these questions and everyone of yours will be answered



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   Posted 11/14/2007 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
TDoern: If my memory is correct you file for disability and if denied, you note an appeal, if denied the second time, then you can appear with a representative before the judge.

It may be difficult to contact the representative that makes the ultimate decision. There are two in each state that make the final determination for disability.

When you appear before the judge you can have an attorney represent you or there are people with expertise in that field that are not attorneys. They do equally as well as an attorney in my opinion.

For the handicap tag for the mirror, you need to get your doctor to give you a statement you need one and apply at the Division of Motor Vehicles.
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   Posted 11/14/2007 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
T, you have your original denial, then Reconsideration, if turned down on the Recon, that is when you can ask for a hearing before an ALJ.
The attys I worked for 18 yrs did SS claims on their existing clients only. What we found the most was SS did not have current medical records or partial records. The atty was allowed to look at SS' file one week prior to the hearing and always medical info was missing. It gave us barely enough time to obtain the records. The atty always took the records to the hearing rather than mailing them, because of the short time involved.
When I filed for SS I had a person that was assigned to my claim. I kept this person informed of all my dr appts, what happened and what medication was prescribed. I did not hire an atty on my claim. Do you have an atty helping you? If so, then you should keep his secretary informed of your medical situation so they can obtain the records.
My gi dr is who said I must take a medical retirement because of my health. He offered to write any letter necessary. From that time on he wrote in all his chart notes that I was unable to do any kind of employment. Hope some of this helps you. Susie

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