Posted 6/27/2007 3:04 PM (GMT -6)
Did you retain an attorney for the hearing? If not you should. If the attorney feels your case has merit he/she will take it on contingency and make sure everything is submitted (if you have not done so already) properly to give you a chance to be approved. Being turned down 2 times is almost automatic for most applicants including me. I was a quadriplegic with little hope of recovering.
It took the 3rd try and the ALJ approved it within 2 weeks without a hearing. Don't know if my attorney had anything to do with it but I don't care. If you return to work you are lessoning your chances to be approved. The law is pretty clear that you have to be completely disabled and unable to return to your work for at least 12 months. The initial process is one designed to DENY applicants but the 3rd is different and the stats are that 2/3 get approval.
Attornies will take you case on contingency and can only get 25% of your retroactive payments up to a max of $5300.
If there is anything you can do to work for cash it is better than taking a job if you think you have a chance. That is why talking to an attorney who specializes in disability claims is important. They do not charge for an initial consultation.
Good luck and sorry you are having so much trouble but you are not alone. Many of us have faced the same problems.
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Maintain your optimism and you can beat the odds.
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." Helen Keller