Merfy, I had moved to Florida and my records were in Ohio. You do not need a lawyer to do this. At least give it a try. If you are denied, then get an attorney. The lawyers suck the money away from you and you can probably do this on your own. I did and it wasn't difficult, either. I just was honest and followed their directions to a "T".
What you need to do is call the Social Security Administration and tell them you want to apply for disability. They will schedule an interview with you and ask you a lot of questions. Then they will tell you how to contact your doctors for your records to be sent to them. I can't remember if the doctors sent them to me and I sent them on to SS or if the doctors sent it to SS directly. They will tell you, though. Then I had to see their doctors. After that, they said they would contact me with the decision.
I didn't get an attorney. Why pay someone if you can do it yourself? I'm not guaranteeing you will get it, though. Actually, I didn't think I would get it because I have never considered myself disabled but SS did. I would have been throwing my money away if I had gotten an attorney. This is a big money maker for these lawyers. Lots of times you still don't get it even if you have an attorney.
Above all, be totally honest and don't exaggerate because they can see that a mile away! Best of luck!
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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 1/19/2010 11:04:08 AM (GMT-7)