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#1 your_illusion97

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:04 PM

I have no clue where to start, but need to find one soon.  Are there online databases or anything like that?


Diagnosis: Bipolar 1, GAD, ADD

Current meds: Lamictal 400mg 1x daily, Lithium ER 900mg,Adderall XR 30mg 2x daily, Klonopin 2mg 2x daily, Vistaril 25mg 4x daily, Geodon 60mg at bedtime, Saphris 10mg at bedtime, Viibryd 40mg, Procardia XL 30mg( for HBP), Asprin 81mg, Zyrtec 10mg x1 daily,

Previous: Abilify 15mg, Zoloft 50mg, Lexapro 10mg, Zyprexa, Seroquel plain and XR, Trazadone,Vyvanse , Neurontin 100mg, Strattera, Geodon 120mg &160mg, Adderall 30mg, Wellbutrin XL 300mgmg, Geodon 80mg, Paxil, Risperdal, Buspar



#2 bpladybug

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:32 PM

well, you want one in your geographic area, 

obviously a referral is great - if you know anyone who has used one ask

or if you know another variety of attorney ask them for a referral

 

my experience is there are not a lot of them

if there is a large law firm in your vicinity then inquire about a SSDI specialist

or you can good your town/city/county

 

personally, after our experience, I would interview two or three

and not just take the first person with whom you speak

it can be a long, hard process and you want someone whom you trust


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#3 your_illusion97

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:56 PM

well, you want one in your geographic area, 

obviously a referral is great - if you know anyone who has used one ask

or if you know another variety of attorney ask them for a referral

 

my experience is there are not a lot of them

if there is a large law firm in your vicinity then inquire about a SSDI specialist

or you can good your town/city/county

 

personally, after our experience, I would interview two or three

and not just take the first person with whom you speak

it can be a long, hard process and you want someone whom you trust

 

Thanks for the info, already tried to find one through people we know.  I live in a large city, so I guess I will just dig in and go at it.


Diagnosis: Bipolar 1, GAD, ADD

Current meds: Lamictal 400mg 1x daily, Lithium ER 900mg,Adderall XR 30mg 2x daily, Klonopin 2mg 2x daily, Vistaril 25mg 4x daily, Geodon 60mg at bedtime, Saphris 10mg at bedtime, Viibryd 40mg, Procardia XL 30mg( for HBP), Asprin 81mg, Zyrtec 10mg x1 daily,

Previous: Abilify 15mg, Zoloft 50mg, Lexapro 10mg, Zyprexa, Seroquel plain and XR, Trazadone,Vyvanse , Neurontin 100mg, Strattera, Geodon 120mg &160mg, Adderall 30mg, Wellbutrin XL 300mgmg, Geodon 80mg, Paxil, Risperdal, Buspar


#4 dilemma

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 06:45 PM

You can find lawyers that specialize in Social Security disability in your town by going to lawyers.findlaw.com.  I looked on the internet for mine, but there was a lot less to choose from back then.

 

I would not recommend going through some of the big firms like Binder and Binder.  I know  a couple of people that went through them and were not happy because it was really hard to get to talk to their actual lawyer.  One friend that went to a big firm first was told after 2 years and about 3 weeks before her judicial hearing that they were dropping her, and she had to find a lawyer.  She found one that worked by herself and everything ended up okay in the end, but how scary!

 

Don't worry about the paying for the initial consultation if you decide to interview a few lawyers.  They can't charge you anything.  Their whole fee comes out of your backpay when you are approved.


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#5 dancesintherain

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 07:33 PM

Another option is calling a local legal services organization (like legal aid). Most won't handle disability cases, but many have referral resources.


Dx: bipolar I. Some ADD symptoms, some GAD symptoms. Lots of fun.

current RXs re generics of: Ativan (0.5 mg a.m. and  sometimes p.m.); WellbutrinXL (300mg a.m.); Abilify (15mgs a.m.); Adderall (5-20 mg up to twice per day....an experiment); Seroquel (25 or 50 mg) as emergency sleep med.


Also synthroid and cytomel (25 mcg each) and allergy drug.

Past Rxs: zoloft (like a sugar pill); lexapro (something nasty); seroquel; ambien; sonata (all worked at different points in time, just changed for different reasons); effexorXR (wonderful for helping to yank me out of an episode; stopped b/c it seemed to be causing some agitation); geodon (sedation issues); phentermine (helped with appetite, but not with energy, which is what I really needed it for); zyprexa (was just for sleep, and strangely it wouldn't induce it); lamictal (did wonderful anti-depressant things, stopped in order to see if it was causing lethargy).


#6 your_illusion97

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 07:38 PM

You can find lawyers that specialize in Social Security disability in your town by going to lawyers.findlaw.com.  I looked on the internet for mine, but there was a lot less to choose from back then.

 

I would not recommend going through some of the big firms like Binder and Binder.  I know  a couple of people that went through them and were not happy because it was really hard to get to talk to their actual lawyer.  One friend that went to a big firm first was told after 2 years and about 3 weeks before her judicial hearing that they were dropping her, and she had to find a lawyer.  She found one that worked by herself and everything ended up okay in the end, but how scary!

 

Don't worry about the paying for the initial consultation if you decide to interview a few lawyers.  They can't charge you anything.  Their whole fee comes out of your backpay when you are approved.

Thanks, I will try that site.


Diagnosis: Bipolar 1, GAD, ADD

Current meds: Lamictal 400mg 1x daily, Lithium ER 900mg,Adderall XR 30mg 2x daily, Klonopin 2mg 2x daily, Vistaril 25mg 4x daily, Geodon 60mg at bedtime, Saphris 10mg at bedtime, Viibryd 40mg, Procardia XL 30mg( for HBP), Asprin 81mg, Zyrtec 10mg x1 daily,

Previous: Abilify 15mg, Zoloft 50mg, Lexapro 10mg, Zyprexa, Seroquel plain and XR, Trazadone,Vyvanse , Neurontin 100mg, Strattera, Geodon 120mg &160mg, Adderall 30mg, Wellbutrin XL 300mgmg, Geodon 80mg, Paxil, Risperdal, Buspar






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