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Disability attorney...what to look for #6240887
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What do I look for on finding a "good/great" disability attorney?
I expect them to a chunk out right away.

Re: Disability attorney...what to look for [Re: adam m] #6240904
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Don't be afraid to ask for a reference or two. Most get paid a set amount regardless of what the settlement ends up being and they don't get paid if you don't win. Most are easy to talk to and will tell you what to expect so I would call around and see what they say. Of course this may vary from state to state.

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Re: Disability attorney...what to look for [Re: adam m] #6240912
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do a google search. Like scout said, they are limited to what they can take and it ain't much.


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Re: Disability attorney...what to look for [Re: adam m] #6240939
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you need a dr and medical records to tell ss why your disabled. you ever get a diagnosis or they still testing you?


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Re: Disability attorney...what to look for [Re: adam m] #6241035
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Thanks. Keep it coming.
Danny, both. They are treating me for seizures with a possibility of Parkinsons. I go for a follow up in the morning.

Re: Disability attorney...what to look for [Re: adam m] #6241046
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I applied by myself. Denied. Applied again and denied. Applied to admin law judge and won. No attorney was ever used. Got to have facts and complete medical records in order.

Re: Disability attorney...what to look for [Re: adam m] #6241055
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Adam how old are you if you don't mind me asking ?

Re: Disability attorney...what to look for [Re: adam m] #6241071
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That's awesome Charles. My wife was mad when I didn't get one when I filed my appeal. I'm not trying to deal with that again.
Tinknocker,35 with 21 years of paid work under my belt.

Re: Disability attorney...what to look for [Re: adam m] #6241136
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From what I've been told, it's rare one ever gets it on the first try so be prepared for a rejection letter. Yes, records are important and the judge will want to see them. Also make sure to tell the Dr. everything as the judge will take this into concideration so don't be bashful about telling the Dr. just how you feel. Tell them how your average day goes and the troubles you have doing the simple everyday things. It may take some time for things to happen but just hang in there!


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Re: Disability attorney...what to look for [Re: adam m] #6241169
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I think SSDI attorneys are limited to getting around 20-25 percent of the accrued benefits (the amount of benefits from the time you applied to when you were approved). You only have to pay them if you win, and they get nothing from your future benefits.

If you're denied, you ought to at least see an attorney. Should be no cost for the initial consult. You might even try interviewing a few attorneys on the phone or in person.

You can try appealing yourself, like Charles did, but be warned, you probably get only one shot at appealing to an ALJ. If you do it on your own and lose, it may be too late for an attorney to help you.

If I ever applied for disability and was denied, I would hire an attorney to handle the appeal--and I am an ex-attorney. (Not SSDI, though.)

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Re: Disability attorney...what to look for [Re: James] #6241250
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Originally Posted By: James
I think SSDI attorneys are limited to getting around 20-25 percent of the accrued benefits (the amount of benefits from the time you applied to when you were approved). You only have to pay them if you win, and they get nothing from your future benefits.

If you're denied, you ought to at least see an attorney. Should be no cost for the initial consult. You might even try interviewing a few attorneys on the phone or in person.

You can try appealing yourself, like Charles did, but be warned, you probably get only one shot at appealing to an ALJ. If you do it on your own and lose, it may be too late for an attorney to help you.

If I ever applied for disability and was denied, I would hire an attorney to handle the appeal--and I am an ex-attorney. (Not SSDI, though.)

Jim


What is the old saying James? A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client?? LLL


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Re: Disability attorney...what to look for [Re: adam m] #6241300
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Hate to hear that Adam. Cant imagine being unable to drive.


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Re: Disability attorney...what to look for [Re: adam m] #6241308
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We tried 3.5 years to get it for my wife, her fibromyalgia was stronger about 8-9 years ago, no one understands fibromyalgia

Re: Disability attorney...what to look for [Re: adam m] #6241391
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I believe the max here is 40% frown hopefully I'm wrong.
Danny its terrible. There are times I absolutely have to drive and even when I do I hate it because one moment I'm fine the next moment I can barely function. If I have to I try not to drive far.
That's terrible tactical. No they don't

Re: Disability attorney...what to look for [Re: adam m] #6241429
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I would look for an attorney that specializes in disability cases.


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Re: Disability attorney...what to look for [Re: adam m] #6241496
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Get with the Spence Law Firm in Jackson Hole Wyo.

Re: Disability attorney...what to look for [Re: adam m] #6241499
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Originally Posted By: adam m
Disability attorney...what to look for


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Re: Disability attorney...what to look for [Re: adam m] #6241515
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By law, your attorney can receive 25% of your first check, or $6000, which ever is less.

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Re: Disability attorney...what to look for [Re: charles] #6241518
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Originally Posted By: charles
I applied by myself. Denied. Applied again and denied. Applied to admin law judge and won. No attorney was ever used. Got to have facts and complete medical records in order.


This is solid advice and what I see happen a lot. Many ALJs will partly advocate for you (not technically) because they know you're not as familiar with the systems and lingo as they agency's reps are.

Re: Disability attorney...what to look for [Re: adam m] #6241590
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Ok BEFORE you get an attorney got to your local SS office and fill out the applicaton first. I got mine and didn't have a lawyer. It went thru in 3-4 weeks

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