I applied for ssd and ssi in November of 2007 and it took until March of 2008 to be told that I was denied. But the man at the SSI Office told me that it's normal practice to deny the first application. The man was wonderful. He told me that when I got my denile letter that I should appeal immediately. As for an attorney, the SSI Office helped me fill out and file my appeal papers along with a list of legal aid attorneys. These attorneys have a limit as to how much they can collect from your back payments. There are some attorneys that don't collect a fee unless you win your case. But the waiting for a court appeal can take 18 months or more before the court sets a date. That is where I am at. Waiting for a court date.
If you do get rejected the first time, don't give up. I have a friend that had to fight for 2 years before she got ssd and she has alot of medical conditions that I can't even list them all. Everything will work out in the end. Just keep pushing through the paperwork, you'll get there.
Love many, trust few, always paddle your own canoe!
dx's: Fibro, 8th cranial nerve inflamation, MS.
meds.: none at this time