HI I know you are talking about binder & binder. I don't know that they are in every state. Why don't you look in the good old yellow pages under attorney. They should be listed by speciality. B&B are not the only dis. lawyers. you may also look for some free services depending on your present income level. Try your states bar assn. also there are lawyes referrel sevices listed in your yellow pages. < edited > there is anohter source that begins with a m i'm sorry i cannot remember their name but it will come up. Also I did not get ss dis because of tmj. I had a pain dr who mgt my pain. Once you are on drugs you should not have any problems. They are a pain as all govt is. first you fill out form-rejected then you fill out appeal-rejected then you get a hearing before judge. this i swhere you need lawyer. You do not need one but they think you are serious if you bring one. If you are rejected here you can actually go into regular court. remember this though once you go on ss you will get medicare and they don't pay much for tmj surgery and most drs do not take medicare you may have large out of pocket expenses. goodluck
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well I'm sure I'll be denied again so I'm arming myself so I can hire someone as soon as I am.
my dr's have proven that surgery, meds and a pacemaker/defibrillator have not stopped my syncope, heart issues and pain meds don't even touch any of the spinal pain from a short term paralysis and car accident, so hopefully with an attny it will help get an approval.
good thing is my new cardiologist thinks my syncope issues are severe enough to warrant a trip to vanderbilt and a helmet because I keep hurting myself when I faint.
B&B has a great reputation, excellent record and is nationwide. Allsup is another.
IF you choose local be sure ALL they do is SS law. So many out there dabble in it. There's one firm locally doing bankruptcy, divorce and SS disability. Crazy. But in AZ we do have one large reputable SS law firm.
In most cases you do not meet with an attorney unless you get to the hearing stage. Instead you are in contact with a legal assistant or paralegal assigned to your case. That works well as they are available and you aren't waiting for an attorney to get back to you.
My LTD ins co referred me to an attorney firm they use in Boston. I was given the option of choosing any firm I wanted but if the LTD ins co was happy with the Boston firm then it was a good option. LTD ins co are eager to see people approved for SSDI so they only choose SS law firm vendors that have a good reputation and good results.
I tried Allsup, they said no to my case because I work 10 hours per week roughly to pay for my health insurance and make $450 monthly and I can't quit because I need health insurance.
When then time comes, probably April or May if it's the same as last year's denial then I'll make sure I contact B&B to see if they'll take my case; if not then I'll try to find one who only works with SS cases =)
thanks for everyone's help; this is such a difficult process and emotionally it's completely draining - I need an attny I have such brain fog and memory problems when I saw my new cardiologist I filled out forms and FORGOT I had 2 brothers and a half sister and that I take OTC zantac and have every day since my heart surgery...then I forgot to give him a very important EKG from a previous dr...ugh my mind is a wasteland sometimes...
I don't know why allsup said that because you can work as long as its not more than a certain amount. At least that is what my lawyers assiant told me but then later on in the process the other paralegal that took over the case after application messed up by telling me not to fill out a certain form that you have to fill out for ssa because I only worked a month after fileing. So there is extra form to fill out if you do try to work. But like you I could'nt concerate and was a mess I couldn't sit long and triped often I really think I was scaring my coworkers. I only had that job a month. I have no insurance to this day because you have to wait 1 years for medicaid but I use a community based clinic that is based on a sliding scale. I was worried about usunig it but they have been wonderful I actually got the help I finally needed And got sent to the speclist's I needed to go to. Do you have a hospital that has a program for people that have no insurance. Good Luck to you
It is much harder to win any SSDI case if you are working. Thus some attorneys will refuse to take you knowing they would not get approval easily. Even 10 hr/wk shows SS you can work. For those of us totally out of work for years SSDI is an uphill battle. For someone who continued working it's just going to be harder since SSDI will immediately think you are possibly more capable than you are.
I've been out of work due to disability since 4/2009 and thus far have been denied by SSDI even though as you see below I have an extensive surgical history and I also have extensive consistent and progressive Pain Management treatment history.
hi- i live in a small town in the "deep" south and had a great attorney;here; his daddy was an atty n his greatgrandaddy was an atty an on an on in his family-he was great n held my hand thru the whole nightmarish process-i was so greatful, i could call anytime an never made me feel like a burden no matter how "silly" my questions or concerns seemed to me-without his an his secretary's support and my husband i may have driven myself nuts-its so important to have the support of your attorney, family, and your doctors-i am glad oh so glad it is over-getting my benefits that i deserve. here's wishing the same to you and everyone going thru "THE PROCESS"
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If you look on Allsup's website it says working is ok, but when I did the process online as suggested so they could call me; I put in working p/t and then they sent me a letter saying they couldn't take my case because I worked.
My case is so complex it gives me headaches; most dr's do not understand Dysautonomia or Autonomic dysfunction so I don't think the SSA dr's will even know anything about it.
here in FL if you don't have health insurance and have pre-existing health conditions, you can apply for PCIP insurance, which is a bit expensive but i've been happy with it since I got it in January 2011. I pay $350 per month and specialists are a $25 co pay and meds depend on which tier level it is
I know there are local health departments and the medicaid program and some large clinics offer free or sliding based fees depending on income, some even have financial assistance
I used B&B when I first applied for SSDI. Luckily for me I won approval on the initial application partly due to their help in completing the paperwork. I was on "moronton" (neurontin) at the time and really made a lot of errors on the application which the legal asisstant at B&B caught before it was submitted to SSA. They did indeed earn their fee as I really did have problems completing these "easy" forms due to the side effects of the medications I was on.
Had I needed an appeal B&B would have sent an attorney to the state I lived in at the time (Hawaii) to represent me at that appeal stage. As I mentioned I won at the initial application (5 months) so all the work was done over the phone (they have a dedicated legal assistant for the Hawaiian time zone) on email, and snail mail. I was very satisfied with them as they specialize in SSDI cases and were always available to me with the 6 hour time difference from the east coast to Hawaii. They do not have an office in Hawaii but I worked with their New York office (the Bronx, I believe).