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Old 07-29-2011, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Longwood, FL
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I have a friend who applied on his own for disability and of course he was denied. My friend has had multiple surgeries, medical incidents, etc. One thing obviously not to do is to go see the doctor that social security wants to send you to for assessments. He found this lawyer, who obtained all the necessary records and paperwork. They retain a one time fee which was quite reasonable if they win the case (they won his), otherwise it doesn't cost you anything. Call them:

MYLER DISABILITY
PO Box 127
Lehigh, UT 84043

Robin Decker
800.652.9626
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Old 08-31-2011, 01:18 AM
 
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One thing obviously not to do is to go see the doctor that social security wants to send you to for assessments.
If you have a representative who suggests you do not go to your consultative examination set up by SSA, he/she probably has their reasons. I'd be sure to ask the Representative why they don't want you to go and what the consequences could be for that decision. But if you don't have a representative giving you sound advice and you don't go to the consultative examination that is set up for you, then you may find you are denied for failure to cooperate, and you would be one of many who have found that as a reason in their Decision.
As far as representatives' fees, information on fees, fee agreements, and fee petitions can be found at The United States Social Security Administration, which for some reason at this moment is offline. You can also find information on SSA definition of disability and many other things that can help you understand the process. If you want to go with the representative, it can still help you to understand the process you will go through.

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I believe SS pays their fees, not you. Your money is sent directly to you and their money is sent to them.
If you go to SSA site and search for representatives' fees, you will see that if you win your case, the funds for the Representative's fees on a fee agreement will come out of the back payments that you receive from the date you filed the application to the date of the Decision. If you prevail without a Representative, that entire amount of back payments would go to you (unless you owe Social Services, for example, for repayment of help they gave you). If you prevail with a Representative, in most cases, you will get the back payment less the Representative's fee, which is capped by SSA and SSA will send the Rep his/her fee directly - again, explained at the SSA site much better than I can do here. Read your fee agreement carefully and ask questions. Some Representatives will charge costs of obtaining medical records from treating sources and other expenses of that nature and it will usually be included in the fee agreement.

You can always do a google search for Orlando Social Security disability representatives and then go in to an interview and see what services they offer, how long they have been practicing Social Security law, and if you feel comfortable with them before signing an appointment of representation form. Depending on your income and resources, you might want to see if your local Legal Aid or Legal Services provides representation for free.
Also, do you live in Orlando or outside Orlando such as Haines City or Winter Haven. If you live in Orlando and have to go to a hearing before a Judge, you will most likely be going right to the Orlando ODAR office. But I believe if you live in Haines City and off to the west of that, you will be going to the Tampa ODAR if you have to appear before a Judge.
Good luck to you with your case.

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Old 09-03-2011, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Florida
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An attorney will tell you to go ahead and apply on your own. Then if you are turned down, you have so many days to appeal. That is when you want to retain an attorney. Morgan and Morgan has a very dedicated team of people to help you do that. I believe SS pays their fees, not you. Your money is sent directly to you and their money is sent to them. I am sure there are other attorneys in town that do that, but I only know about them.
I've heard this too - when you first apply having an attorney doesn't make a difference - it's if you are turned down that you may need an attorney.
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Old 09-04-2011, 03:56 PM
 
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also separate but similar. suggestion: keep an objective attitude while filling out the application, and if it takes an attorney representing you then they may be more objective than you might be

I applied for VA pension and my claim was not supported too well by my write up. I just feel so grateful that I have all my limbs, and such that what is a bum knee compared to having no knee.

So just suggesting that you make an effort to be objective as you submit your paper either way.
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Old 09-05-2011, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Longwood, FL
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I just reread my previous post and it wasn't very clear. My friend did apply for disability on his own, he described on the application the surgeries he went through and everything else they needed to know. SS did reply, said he needed a doctor's evaluation, and sent the name of a doctor right around here. He then went to that doctor that SS told him about for an evaluation, so he was in total compliance. Yes, SS paid for the doctor visit.

A few weeks after, he got the notification from SS that he had been denied benefits. That's when he found the attorney and started working with him. A few months later SS again notified my friend and the attorney that the benefits were granted. Since this happened several months after my friend's initial application and denial, he was given benefits for those months as well.

The lawyer's fees were deducted from those payments and were about the cost of a month's payment. This just made me personally feel that you're more likely to be denied when you apply on your own and don't use an attorney. His attorney was good and called him often to let him know how it was proceeding and how much longer it might take.
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Eastwood, Orlando FL
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This just made me personally feel that you're more likely to be denied when you apply on your own and don't use an attorney. .
My husband was approved on his first try. It happens somewhere between 30 and 50% of the time depending on the sate
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