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Thee Ox
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   Posted 3/26/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all.
 
 
I have Fibro,fibro fog, memory loss, post trauma, sleep ap, muscle spasms'. This is just some of what I go thru. The memory loss has cost me at least 3 jobs now.
 
So, I have filed for disability. I am working with Allsup out of Ill. They have started the process.
 
My question: Should I get a disability lawyer or stay with ALLSUP?
 
Have any of you nice folks heard any pros/cons about ALLSUP?
 
Also, I live inn the Mayville WI area, north of Milwaukee. If anyone of you all livers near me, can you recommend a great disability lawyer please?
 
IO need all yer help as my illness is getting worse. Please help.
 
Thanks my friends,
Thee turn

pattipanda
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   Posted 3/26/2009 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Thee,
 
I don't live near you but I wanted to welcome you to the Forum. 
 
I have heard of Allsup but that's about it.  I thought they WERE disability advocates and would act as your attorney??  I guess I don't understand why you would need a lawyer too?!? 
 
Did you do any research on Allsup first??  I was thinking about looking into what they do, but I haven't gotten around to it.  Can you fill me in alittle on what the process has been?
 
I'm sure some other folks will come along and they might have some answers.. seems I have more questions than answers at this point.
 
Again, welcome to the forum.. there are lots of great people here that are more than happy to help.
 
Take care,
Patti
 
Fibormyalgia, 4x Lyme Disease Survivor, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Dyslexia, 2 Lumbar Disk Herniations, Allergies, Bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel, Psoriasis. 
Meds = Elavil, Tramadol, Xanax, Lipitor
"Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" - author unknown


Thee Ox
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   Posted 3/27/2009 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Patti,

That's about the nicest welcome I received from anyone at any new forum.

I most assuredly did my research on ALLSUP before deciding to go with them. The fact that the national Fibro Association recommended them, they are members in great standing with the BBB, their success rate percentages on the first and second attempts were rather higher than lawyers attempts impressed me to say the least.

I have extreme fibro, fibro fog, memory loss, sleep apnea, nerve termers, depression, and severe panic attacks.

But, I'm quite proactive in anything I do - I don't sit back and wait for stuff to happen than panic. I heard a few bad things about Allsup, which I did expect, and quite frankly, I had to do a lot of digging to find any negative press on them.

I was wondering if a lawyer might be a better idea since Allsup is all advocates and has no lawyers working for them. I'm just mulling this idea around and going to forums asking this question.

Its great being on this great forum and thank you again Patti for taking the time and greeting me in such a fashion. Really meant a lot to me with all the stuff I'm going thru with loosing jobs and filing for disability.

If anyone can offer advice, please do.

Thanks all!

Yer pal,

Thee turn


pattipanda
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   Posted 3/27/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi again Thee...
My sister is on SSDI, she tried doing it herself but after 4 years of being denied she finally got a lawyer.  I'm thinking that if I apply I'll get a lawyer right off the bat.  I had applied about 10 years ago and got denied.. ironically I got a job right about the same time.  Anyway, when I was denied I immediately went to a lawyer and was informed (by the lawyer), that I should try to hold out till I was 50 yrs old. I'm 51 now and have every intention of trying again. 
By the way.. my sister heard the over 50 years old routine too.
I don't know how old you are.. but that seems to make a difference for some reason.
Again, the best of luck to you .. I hope you can find a good lawyer soon!!  Its so hard to have Fibro and try to work a normal job, let alone live a normal life.. I truly feel your pain.
Keep in touch!! And keep posting!! 
Take care,
Patti
 
Fibormyalgia, 4x Lyme Disease Survivor, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Dyslexia, 2 Lumbar Disk Herniations, Allergies, Bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel, Psoriasis. 
Meds = Elavil, Tramadol, Xanax, Lipitor
"Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" - author unknown


griffin
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   Posted 3/27/2009 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   

hi thee ox,

 welcome to our little world of sanity. I am going through the process of filing for disability right now also. i live in utah and am going through some one out of state, i cant remember what state now that i brought it up but they are lawyers. the reason why i did it that way is cause i have heard to try to do it yourself is a living nightmare. you have someone that is helping you so i am sure you will do fine. i dont know if they told you it can be a long waiting game. i was told that it is 4-6 months before they let you know if you can get it and sometimes longer then that. if you dont get it through these guys find a lawyer to help you do the next step if the people that you are going through give up on you.

 good luck and welcome again,  rolleyes   


I smile through fibro


Thee Ox
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   Posted 3/27/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Griff.

Pleasure to be here. You can call me Thee.

Im still up in the air as to what to do..though next week Ill know fer sure.

Im appreciate yer take and am glad to have found such a wealth of cool people. Need that about now.

Ok, muscle tremmers are commin on...so I gotta go- - \
later
OX

myjoy
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   Posted 3/27/2009 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I live north of you about an hour, OX. I'm going to start the process of getting on disability. Where do I even start here in WI? I've never done anything like this before.
fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD, depression, anxiety, sleep apnea.
fluoxetine (prozac), buspar, abilify, trazodone, lorazapam, nexium, nabumetone, hydrocodone, flexeryl, c-pap machine, estrodial patch.


Thee Ox
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   Posted 3/27/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
http://www.allsup.com/about-SSDI/Free-SSDI-Evaluation/Confirmation.aspx

Go to this web site. They were recommended by The national Fibro Association in their last months news letter. They are advicates, no lawyers. You take a test to see if you qualify, then submit the info, then call a rep.

If you want a lawyer, simply Google Disability Lawyers in ( insert yer town here) and hit the enter thing.

My, lemme know if i can help further. Maybe we can talk onthe phone since we live so close to each other, for support. Plus I tell funny jokes and make childish noises. K?

Yer Pal,

Thee
Yer Pal,
Thee


myjoy
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   Posted 3/27/2009 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info. You do seem like a fun gal! :o)
fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD, depression, anxiety, sleep apnea.
fluoxetine (prozac), buspar, abilify, trazodone, lorazapam, nexium, nabumetone, hydrocodone, flexeryl, c-pap machine, estrodial patch.


Thee Ox
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   Posted 3/27/2009 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi My,

Thanks for the reply.

However, I am a man not a gal! True, I'm in touch with my feminineside- but Im all man. .. The offer still stands by the by.
Yer Pal,
Thee
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 Fibro Smybro--Im gonna kick this things ass one day.


tyno3
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   Posted 3/28/2009 4:33 AM (GMT -7)   
You definitely need a well versed, sharp advocate. but a lawyer isn't always well versed and sharp. PS Welcome. I went to a hearing with Stepmom and I heard a lawyer speak on one other person's behalf. what a disaster. I never heard such raving gobblygook in my life. I was embarassed for his client. Speak your truth quietly and clearly. You will know in your gut what feels right.
Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
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pattipanda
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   Posted 3/28/2009 5:30 AM (GMT -7)   

Mornin' Thee...

Told ya this was an awesome place!!!  Glad you're here.. just wanted to pop in and say it looks like you're finding some help and input from some pretty great folks!!

Keep posting and happy Saturday!!! tongue


Patti
 
Fibormyalgia, 4x Lyme Disease Survivor, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Dyslexia, 2 Lumbar Disk Herniations, Allergies, Bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel, Psoriasis. 
Meds = Elavil, Tramadol, Xanax, Lipitor
"Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" - author unknown


Marlee2
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   Posted 3/28/2009 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Thee and welcome. I've been putting off starting the whole SSI process but I have got to get busy and do it. I don't know why they make it so hard for deserving people to get what they deserve. I talked to my GP about it and he said there is no doubt that I'm 100% disabled. I do have a DIL that is a paralegal that has offered to help me. I really don't want her in my business but I may not have a choice.
 
Good luck.
 
luv and hugs
Marlee
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Thee Ox
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   Posted 3/28/2009 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
 
       
YIKES!! The Forum Moderator!! Someplace to hide, quick!! LOLOL
 
Hi Marlee. Nice to be here.
I'd use the paralegal at least to give you advice. You on yer own can even file. ALLSUP is all legal advocates and paralegals, and that's who I'm staying with.
 
Please stop putting off the thing cause the wait is the backlog is long, ya know? Being the impatient man that I am, I'm not looking forward to waiting at all, but such is life. 3 to 5 months after you file for starters. However, I am really confident...long story - ...that I'll not only get the disability but it will be done on the first try.
 
Know what? We're all here for each other - I'm really glad I found you all.
 
Please Marlee - -get someone to help you get started and get the ball rolling. We are all in yer corner. Its a bit crowded there, but, yeah we are all there.
 
Good luck Boss.

Yer Pal,
Thee
____________________________________________________________________________________________
 Fibro Smybro--Im gonna kick this things butt one day.


Thee Ox
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   Posted 3/28/2009 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   

and hi pattipanda..i just LOVE that name.

m getting around the forum well and the people, such as yerselve, are really nice.

Having a rather crappy fibro day and we are supposed to get 7 inches of snow here in Mayville WI tonight. What happened to Spring??

Lemme know how you are doing. cool


Yer Pal,
Thee
____________________________________________________________________________________________
 Fibro Smybro--Im gonna kick this things butt one day.


Thee Ox
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   Posted 3/28/2009 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 Hello my family,
 
If you want to send me an email for any reason the addy is:
 
 
Please dont be shy. I'll always be there for anyone and maybe by working together help each other with our problems, ok?
 
Love you all, tongue
Yer Pal,
Thee
____________________________________________________________________________________________
 Fibro Smybro--Im gonna kick this things butt one day.


purplerose652
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   Posted 3/28/2009 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering if you can apply for ssdi even if you are still working. I had to stop my full time job as an office admin but right now I am a caregiver for my parents who live with us. I am paid by the state. Am I eligible?
Take Care,
 
Renee
 
"Grace by which I stand."
 
Fibromyalgia, IBS,Gerd, Scoliosis, & Costochondritis, Lupus
 
 


BuddasMom
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   Posted 3/28/2009 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on ssd since 1992 and filed on my own and they kept turning me down. When I was down to only one more appeal I finally gave in and went to an attorney who was experianced in these cases. We went to court and by the time it was over my attorney said it's a done deal now we just wait for the official letter. He was right. He also got a big chunk of money out of my retro payments but it was worth it. I'm convinced that I would have been turned down again had I not hired him.
Having fibro I found the papers very hard to fill out. Also I found it hard to figure out how to answer questions that seemed to require a black or white answer when there just wasn't one.
I just turned 65 in January so now my ssd has changed to just ss.

SSD is based on the income you earned while you could work and SSI is a supplemental income based on need Renee. If your income is very low you may be eligible but I think you have to be legally disabled first. I think if you qualify for SSD but only for a very low amount then you maybe can get SSI also. At least that is how I understand it. I' could be wrong.

purplerose652
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   Posted 3/28/2009 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
How do you become legally disabled? I have been dx with Lupus and fibro......my Rheumy says that I am disabled and doesn't want me to work. I just don't understand what legally disabled means...:)
Take Care,
 
Renee
 
"Grace by which I stand."
 
Fibromyalgia, IBS,Gerd, Scoliosis, & Costochondritis, Lupus
 
 


Thee Ox
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   Posted 3/29/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   

Morning all,

The link was on the fibro newslwtter, Its a link to a disability lawyers site with helpful stuff to win yer claime.

Hope this helps everyone.

http://www.4socialsecuritydisability.net/

 

Love to all!! turn


Yer Pal,
Thee
____________________________________________________________________________________________
 Fibro Smybro--Im gonna kick this things butt one day.


Thee Ox
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   Posted 3/29/2009 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Purp,

this link should assist you in the difination of Legally Disabled.

Later!!  wink        

 

  http://www.ucp.org/ucp_channeldoc.cfm/1/13/12632/12632-12632/6184


Yer Pal,
Thee
____________________________________________________________________________________________
 Fibro Smybro--Im gonna kick this things butt one day.

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