Hi, this is Kathy/nini, when you get a lawyer make sure you get a local one. I found mine in the back of a newspaper I used to get. I live in Maryland, so I only know how Md. works, but I do think that SS is a federal thing right?, they have guide lines they have to follow.
This is just my opinion, but if you want to win, get a lawyer, you will never win your case without a lawyer, even if you have limbs hanging off and can use your hands, and blind, deaf, and mute. My point is they are very difficult to win without a lawyer. I applied twice and was turned down, the third time was a charm, because I got a lawyer, a lawyer who only does SSI, or SSDI cases. I dont know where you are but in this area, Md., D.C. and VA, they are everywhere, you cant watch tv without a lawyer telling you to "let them take care of the government, you have to take care of yourself". Yeah a real heard bleeder huh? but thats the way it goes.
The 3rd time I gave lawyer all my records from my doctor, he informed me he would take the case, (if they dont take your case, you wont win, they only get paid if you win), so if the lawyer takes your case you can be 98.9% sure you will win. I only saw the man one time before the hearing, he told me what they would probably ask me and what to answer. The next day we were in a room with about 10 men myself and my lawyer, the big cheese at the head of the table asked me a series of questions, which I answered as my lawyer told me to. By the way the answers were all truth, nothing was made up or exaggerated. I finished, got up thanked all and left.
Approximately 2 weeks later, I received my award letter, which stated I would receive money from the first time I had applyed, I would also receive a check for my youngest daughter who was not 18 yet, and continued to receive those checks until she turned 18, at which time I let them know she had turned 18 by mail and over the phone, which they already knew, but still, I thought I wanted to let them know myself. My lawyer signed me up for Medicare, gave me phone numbers to call for extra help with food and what ever, as the amount of money you receive monthly is not enough to pay the rent. He also sent me $2000.00 that the Social Security people had wrongly sent him. The man was wonderful.
So look in your area, see if you can find someone who has done business with a lawyer you might be thinking about hiring. If not, then do your best to get a good read about the person, he is going to be the person between you and your financial future. If you are in my area, I will gladly give you the name of the lawyer I used, I have given his name to many people over the years, the man is honest, at least he was 12 years ago.
Good luck, I wish you well, take care,
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson