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Post Edited (Crone2003) : 9/8/2009 6:46:28 PM (GMT-6)
Crone gave you very excellent advice. As she stated, attorneys who represent clients for SS disability get paid directly by SS when the case is approved. If not approved, they get nothing. They get a flat 25% of the back pay. The back pay is the pay that your mom should get from the time she first filed until the time it was approved. That is why it is important to file ASAP. I'm glad to hear that you have contacted a lawyer. You need to go in to see him and take any medical records you might have. If you do not have Power of Attorney for your mom, you may not be able to act on her behalf, though. Is she able to go with you to see the attorney? I know they do allow someone to help make out her paperwork. The attorney I had never charged me for copies or anything else. I guess he took those fees out of the 25% he received (which was $4000 total.)
Dog's friend, welcome to the forum. You might want to start a new topic and let us know of your situation liver-wise. Animals certainly do give unconditional love. I had to put down my 2 elderly cats recently. I'd had them both since they were 6 and 8 wks. old, respectively, and they were 19 and 19 1/2. They gave me so much comfort when I was sick and when I was bedridden, they never left my side. I miss them every single day. I may get another cat in the future, but right now I have to heal from hip surgery and see how stable I can remain first--to make sure I can give it the care it will need.
Post Edited (hep93) : 9/9/2009 8:57:12 PM (GMT-6)
Crone, it sounds as though she has no insurance, let alone LTD. That is usually funded through a job and my understanding is that she is unable to work. Of course, that is good advice for anyone who may have it, but I've yet to see anyone on this forum who has ever had it.
BTW, worriedgirl, your mom's doctor needs to write a letter to SS stating that your mom is permanently disabled at this time and unable to work, and that her condition is expected to last at least 12 mos. Her entire case could depend on this, so it's very important that such a letter be obtained and sent to her SS caseworker.