my mom going to see an attorney

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worriedgirl
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   Posted 9/8/2009 12:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi wonderful people of  healingwell. as you know my mom has hep c and cirrhosis and we have been fighting for social security. well she has a appointment with a attorney on wednesday which is great news.
have any of you had to get an attorney to get social security? reason why is i  have a question.
For years my mom was a drug addict and alcoholic but she has been clean for at least a year (unless she is good at hiding it and despite the fact that i thought she may have had a drink on friday but she says she didnt that she was just tired and it was her perfume and my cousin whom she lives with says she didnt)
 
well i know if she drinks or have been alcoholic in the past could make it hard for her to get social security so she is keeping that part a secret. but my fear is that they will ask me if that is the case. i dont really want to lie, esp. under oath, but she really needs the social security. i feel even though she was a alcoholic she still deserves the social security cause she is clean now and she still worked every day for 30 years. how do i handle it and still help her out without lying but without hurting her case if called and asked.

deedee48
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   Posted 9/8/2009 4:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Worried girl,consult with your Moms attorney to be sure. I knew several people who had cross addictions but had underlying health isuues{physical and / or mental] and were elligable for disability. They did not get disability for their addiction but for health reasons.
Good Luck,DeeDee

worriedgirl
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   Posted 9/8/2009 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
deedee48 said...
Worried girl,consult with your Moms attorney to be sure. I knew several people who had cross addictions but had underlying health isuues{physical and / or mental] and were elligable for disability. They did not get disability for their addiction but for health reasons.
Good Luck,DeeDee
i know some attorneys wont even take the case. i called one attorney and they said because of the alcohol addiction they wouldnt take her on and that was telling them it had been five years.  i dont care if my mom lies to the attorneys and stuff but i dont want to be brought into the lie itself even though she needs the social security. i know if found to be lying you can be charged with perjury but my mom wont care she will still expect me to lie.

hep93
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   Posted 9/8/2009 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   

I have hep C from hard drug use in the 60s.  That never figured into my SS case.  I was never asked how I got the hep C.  I also was alcoholic, but had been sober for 19 yrs. at the time I received SSD.  Again, this issue never came up.  She is applying for an illness, not because she has a drink or drug problem.  They used to give disability and welfare payments to alcoholics and addicts, but that law changed and they no longer do that.  That could be where the confusion is.  It should not matter if she drank if she is not currently doing so.  She should get an attorney after the first turn-down.  Almost veryone gets turned down the first time, with very few exceptions.  If one has an attorney, they know that the applicant is serious and not going to give up.  The attorney will get a flat fee of 25% of her back payment, which is calculated from the date she first applies.  It took them 2 yrs. to approve my case, so I got 2 yrs. of back payments, minus 25% of that to the attorney. 

Good luck!

Connie


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worriedgirl
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   Posted 9/8/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
ok thank you i was just a little worried.
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