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Before you decide whether you will use an attorney's assistance to process your Social Security Disability claim, be sure to do some investigative work first.
If you look in your local Yellow Pages, under "Attorneys", you will see advertisements
stating whether a law office accepts disability claims or not.
That is just the first step.
Next, it is very important that you (in some it takes working up some nerve first) call to see what their success rate is in winning disability cases. They may not tell you the truth, but sometimes you can at least speak to the attorney themselves This gives you the opportunity to "feel out" whether you even wish to work with them or not.
You will be speaking with this person possibly once a week for up to the next two years;
it's imparitive to see if you can work well with them or not. Speaking to them briefly over the telephone first, saves you a trip to their office for the initial consultation, and removes some of the pressure you might feel to hire them or not while there in front of them.
It's not always a good decision to go with "nice" or courteous" either, because you will want them to be a "go-getter" in court and on the telephone in working on your claim. My experience was not so much that I had a "nice' attorney, but he had fought & won in the previous case before mine with the same judge that my case was assigned to. The judge called him and approved my case over the telephone to avoid having to argue a case with him again. Now he was a "go-getter"!
Upon a little local investigation, I found that quite a few people were approved for Social Security Disability when they applied for an appeal, based on their psychological state rather than their physical limitations. Once you have gone for so long without being able to contribute to the household expenses and housework, your view of yourself you’re your mental state could be changing, feeling that you may have become a burden those around you. Be sure to explain all of these feelings, IN DETAIL, on your application for an appeal. Start saving counseling appointment receipts, diagnosis explanations from your doctors, and print-outs from the pharmacy listing new medicines you may be prescribed with dosage directions.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|