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Suggestions for lawyer to help file for disability?

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    JudiAU
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      I think it is time to try and file for disability. I was encouraged to at the doctors office. . I was not working because I was previously sick and so I probably need the aid of an attorney. Any specific recommendations? I’m in Los Angeles but I’m not sure it matter. I had a high paying, intellectually demanding job, laid off, couldn’t find related work, diagnosed with melanoma, tried to do part time consulting work but never made a penny, very ill from brain tumor, stable, then diagnosed with melanoma. I think dates will be a problem. I have three kids.

      Can anyone suggest a specific attorney? I find it overwhelming. I did search but didn’t find any names.

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        Gene_S
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          Hello, My husband filed for disability on the internet and was accepted on the first try. You list the doctors and the diagnosis and any problems you are having with being able to perform your job. I know several people that have filed with no lawyer.

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            pookerpb
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              Hi..its been 4 years since I did for my husband who is not deceased, but it was easy to do online. took a little time to go through each screen but is straight forward. If you look on the SS website you can find illness/diseases that are an automatic approval. Metastatic Melanoma is an automatic approval and we had a response within a few days. We too also received back pay from official diagnosis of stage IV.

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            BillB
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              Hi, you can do it yourself online, not hard at all. I made sure my oncologist knew I was applying because she was going to need to provide information. So, if you are a stage 4 melanoma patient you should be approved under the compassionate care part of the law. You can also make an appointment at your local SS office and they will help you fill it out. Mine was approved in 1 day. There is a 5 month waiting period from the time you start the application so do that ASAP. If I think of any more I will pass this t on.

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                msue5
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                  I applied online also. Approved right away and was given 2 yrs back payment according to time I was actually eligible. Virginia resident. If only I had known how easy it was. Good luck.

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                  msue5
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                    BTW 2 week waiting and funds were in my bank account.

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                  MelanomaMike
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                    Hi Judy, im a lil late in replying to your post but im not seeing you reply either, i to am on SSDI, getting a lawyer is a good idea if youve been denied, otherwise from start to finish it went smooth for me anyways (thank God!) Couple months at most, from applying to recieving my 1st check (then after its direct deposit) if you meet SSDI’s criteria of Work Credits it shouldnt be a problem, you can request whats called a “Compassionate Allowance” , it will speed you up since you may be advanced stages!! good luck, i hope by now youve recieved good news???

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                      JudiAU
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                        Thank you. I was worried a boy the dates not matching up and disqualifying. I couldn’t work because of earlier illness and I wanted to.

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                      JudiAU
                      Participant
                        Thanks all. I had anticipated a fight over the recent work requirement but I was approved yesterday. They didn’t backdate it very far but they seemed to give me the grace of counting my previous non working time due to my unrelated brain tumor as off the clock.

                        Thank you all for sharing your experiences. It gave me the push to apply. This will really help our family.

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                          JudiAU
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                            I’m updating this thread to aid future search inquiries. I’be been sick for some time an assigned an entire year of back support. It has already been deposited in my account!

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