I got my first denial letter from disability today... it says I can appeal within 60 days. My question is this should I get a disability lawyer and how does that work ? I haven't the money to hire a lawyer.
So am I basically screwed?
U can get a free lawyer. They only get paided if u win n get paided. I've had my first denial n we are waiting to go to court. Everyone usually gets denied the first time
Definitely get a lawyer and make sure he knows ALL of your illnesses, from fibro to depression to arthritis to IBS to migraines....whatever. Fibro by itself is extraordinarily difficult to get disability. Good luck!
My doctor's nurse set me up. Not sure where u live I'm in California.
The lawyer may have a payment plan. Again not knowing where u live...here in Cal. we have a lot of advocates.
I was reading back over this and I hope you don't mind if I add a little more.
First of all go to your doctors and go regularly and document document document. That is essential !!!
Fibro by itself is not even considered in disability anymore.
You can even keep a daily log and describe your symptoms and frequency and daily struggles etc....
That can be very useful to your attorney.
As everyone has already said you don't pay up front.
The attorney will look at your case and after he gets all your documentation he will make a decision about if he will take your case or not.
If he just takes your case immediately that is a red flag that he has not read your documents and or made any decision whether or not you have a good case.
Getting a doctor on your side and getting them to state in writing that they believe you cannot do ANY type of work for 6 to 8 hours a day is a plus. Watch how you ask them that because most doctors are very very reluctant to stick their neck out.
I actually went to SSD doctors to be evaluated and their physical medical doctor plain out lied and said I could lift 100lbs for 6 to 8 hours a day five days a week when i could barely walk and have a broken right elbow that can;t be fixed. Their psychiatrist was a little more truthful but physical and mental difficulties combined make it impossible for you to do any type of work without getting fired.
Hope that helps, I'm probably forgetting something but I hope you do well. :-)