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    Default First Hearing - Denied SSD

    I have Parkinsonís. Was diagnosed about 5 years ago. I was struggling with my symptoms and pushing myself to work. I used to be a workaholic. My neurologist told me to stop working 3 years ago. So I stopped. I receive long term disability from Harford. I am trying to get my SSD.

    I had my first hearing in May. I was denied because I am still able to drive, take care of myself, have less brain fog after stopping of one medication, can visit my friends and travel without assistance. They even put there that ďevidence saysĒ that I watch movies, that I did last time about 3 years ago.
    All my problems and symptoms they made looking real small and insignificant.
    They said that I can work as information clerk, despite that I canít sit or stand for more than 30 min (due to low back scoliosis), I canít write. I type extremely slow. I often get anxious that makes my speech slurry and stuttery.

    My lawyer doesnít want to appeal. He says that it would take 18 months and most likely will be denied again. Just because the way it is.
    He thinks that itís better to start over again with the later date.
    I was told that the lawyer should send me to an occupational doctor. He didnít.

    Harfod says that they will reduce my payments if I donít appeal. They also say that they can find me another lawyer.

    The whole process is exhausting and not fair. It looks like it designed to send me into a grave rather then help. Moreover, I have no support system.

    I was trying for 3 years already. Itís scary to think about another 18 months following by another denial.

    Please, tell me,what would be a good way of action in my situation?

    Thank you.

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    I have no idea if your issues meet the levels needed to meet the disability requirements. The lawyer who is much more familiar with your situation sounds like he doesn’t believe you will Prevail.


    either find another lawyer or accept your current lawyers position. Obviously if you don’t continue your endeavor the insurance payments will be reduced.

    Since the insurance company said they can find you another lawyer, Im not really sure what you’re asking here. If you wish to have a chance at succeeding in getting your benefits, you have to go through the process just like everybody else.

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    I have Parkinson’s. Was diagnosed about 5 years ago. I was struggling with my symptoms and pushing myself to work. I used to be a workaholic. My neurologist told me to stop working 3 years ago. So I stopped. I receive long term disability from Harford. I am trying to get my SSD.

    I had my first hearing in May. I was denied because I am still able to drive, take care of myself, have less brain fog after stopping of one medication, can visit my friends and travel without assistance. They even put there that “evidence says” that I watch movies, that I did last time about 3 years ago.
    All my problems and symptoms they made looking real small and insignificant.
    They said that I can work as information clerk, despite that I can’t sit or stand for more than 30 min (due to low back scoliosis), I can’t write. I type extremely slow. I often get anxious that makes my speech slurry and stuttery.

    My lawyer doesn’t want to appeal. He says that it would take 18 months and most likely will be denied again. Just because the way it is.
    He thinks that it’s better to start over again with the later date.
    I was told that the lawyer should send me to an occupational doctor. He didn’t.

    Harfod says that they will reduce my payments if I don’t appeal. They also say that they can find me another lawyer.

    The whole process is exhausting and not fair. It looks like it designed to send me into a grave rather then help. Moreover, I have no support system.

    I was trying for 3 years already. It’s scary to think about another 18 months following by another denial.

    Please, tell me,what would be a good way of action in my situation?

    Thank you.
    I disagree entirely with the advice that you got from JK. Hartford is telling you that they will reduce your disability payments if you don't appeal and that they will find you another attorney.

    Since you probably cannot afford to have your disability payments from Hartford reduced, I think that you have no choice but to appeal, and probably should accept their offer to find you another attorney.

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    I disagree entirely with the advice that you got from JK. Hartford is telling you that they will reduce your disability payments if you don't appeal and that they will find you another attorney.

    Since you probably cannot afford to have your disability payments from Hartford reduced, I think that you have no choice but to appeal, and probably should accept their offer to find you another attorney.
    how is that in contrast to my advice?

    i said if op wants to continue to seek SS benefits, they continue the application. If the current attorney won’t represent them, they have one available from the insurance company.


    And if you read rhe ops threads they recently contracted to have $125,000 of home improvement work done and was in the process of suing to attempt to invalidate that contract. I never mentioned the. Reduction other than to state if they weren’t willing to accept it, they have no option but to appeal.

    You making your assumption they can not afford afford a reduction is obviously your guess and not one supported by any facts. Op also speaks of rental income in another thread as well.

    So, what did you actually disagree with from my post?

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    how is that in contrast to my advice?

    i said if op wants to continue to seek SS benefits, they continue the application. If the current attorney won’t represent them, they have one available from the insurance company.


    And if you read rhe ops threads they recently contracted to have $125,000 of home improvement work done and was in the process of suing to attempt to invalidate that contract. I never mentioned the. Reduction other than to state if they weren’t willing to accept it, they have no option but to appeal.

    You making your assumption they can not afford afford a reduction is obviously your guess and not one supported by any facts. Op also speaks of rental income in another thread as well.

    So, what did you actually disagree with from my post?
    My impression, coming away from your post was that you believed that the OP should accept the attorney's advice to not appeal. If that was not the impression you intended to convey, then I apologize for reading you wrong.

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    My impression, coming away from your post was that you believed that the OP should accept the attorney's advice to not appeal. If that was not the impression you intended to convey, then I apologize for reading you wrong.
    If I left that impression, thanks for pointing that out. If you were confused it’s possible the op would be as well

    My statement is that either op accept the current decision or finds another attorney heads forward.

    My statement regarding what the current attorneys opinion was was simply so the op would take a serious look at the facts and consider the attorneys opinion as providing input from a knowledgeable position. Something none of us here has. If the lawyer involved doubts a claim could be successful, especially in the light of ops statement of being tired of the chase, maybe op should consider waiting.

    If the insurance company is going to source an attorney and appealing prevents the reduction of disability payments, I would suggest op push onward. Other than the time and frustration involved, what does the op lose?

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    Please, tell me,what would be a good way of action in my situation?
    My vote: Get another lawyer and file an appeal. Use one who specializes in SSDI appeal, not just any lawyer.

    My sister got breast cancer a little over 2 years ago. She had private disability insurance that paid her benefits. She was denied SSDI first time out. Almost everybody gets denied first time out. She got an attorney, a specialist in SSDI, who got her through the appeal process successfully. Two months ago she was approved and, in addition to monthly SSDI benefits, she got a check in the amount of $51,000 for benefits retroactive to the date of disability.

    I see 3 advantages to an appeal.

    1 - Obviously, is the chance for a big check if they determine that you actually were disabled when you first applied.

    2 - The appeal goes much higher up in the food chain so your claim isn't just rubber stamped by bureaucratic flunkies.

    3 - A lawyer who specializes in SSDI appeals knows how to get it presented properly.

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    Default Re: First Hearing - Denied SSD

    Adjusterjack, thank you for your valuable advice.

    How do I look to find a lawyer who specializes in SSDI appeals? They are might be rare.

    Call the bar?

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    Contacting your state BAR Association should do it.

    And they aren't that rare. In my town with a population of ~!9,000 there are three.

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    Google SSDI lawyer for your city.

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