Hello Cindy.. I would go ahead and get a lawyer now. Have you been denied yet ? If so get a lawyer very soon.
I applied March of this year and was denied Aug. 8th,then i found lawyer and he is working on the appeals now.
Good Luck !! Karen in Chester SC
I would say a lawyer. He will do every thing for you.Mine is appealing now. They say it will take 3-6 months.
Hope this helps you !!
PS.. By the way when you go looking for a lawyer make sure he specializes in SSDI. My lawyer has been doing this for 25 years.They say he is one of the best !!
ya, I called a lawyers office where I live and asked for an appointment with the SSD lawyer. They gave me an appointment when I went in it was a receptionist taking my info to fax to the attorney as they do not come to my town but once a month...needless to say I was unhappy and still looking for someone.
My advocate charges the same as the lawyers, but she has a pre-hearing advantage with the judges. She can take 3 fully worked up cases before the judge without the patients being there. She gets in a lot faster than the lawyers. With a lawyer, I wouldn't even have a date given to me before next June, and the date could be a year or more from then. My advocate plans to take my case to pre-hearing in either November or December of this year. If I get denied at the pre-hearing, I can still get a regular hearing and it will probably be within the month.
Not every state has this advantage for advocates, and not all advocates have had it extended to them. It might be worth looking into if you haven't chosen someone yet.