Just to add a note about medical records: I finally got approved in '05, after waiting for 2 years and going through appeals. When I got their last denial, I realized they did not have info on my rt. hip replacement...only the left one. I had sent those medical records to my att'y...he just never bothered to forward them to SS! When I realized what had happened, I provided SS with info and records myself. Also, that lawyer got fired and was replaced by the one I wanted initially. After that, it was just a matter of a few weeks when I got the call that I had been approved.
So my point is this: Don't assume that your lawyer is getting the info to SS!! SS Disability does say you have the right to inspect their records at any time. If you do so, you can see what may be missing.
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