Best SS Disability attorney?

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Judy

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Does anyone know who would be an excellent attorney to win a disability case?
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Judy wrote:
Does anyone know who would be an excellent attorney to win a disability case?
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James Davis
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Yes James Davis is your MAN he knows what he`s doing on that stuff!
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I used Janice Whitehead & Associates and Janice was very good. I know that she is extremely busy and does a great job.
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Ever thought about getting a job?

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Ever thought about getting a job?
Not to sound mean or anything but maybe this person IS disabled and cannot work. Not everyone who applies for SS is lazy and doesn't want to work.
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I've never been on diability but I do know this. All of them (the lawyers) draw out the process for a looooong time. The reason is that once you are finally awarded diability payments, you get baikpaid to the date of your initial claim.
And guess who gets a third of that big check?

“Just little ol' me”

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Kodak wrote:
I've never been on diability but I do know this. All of them (the lawyers) draw out the process for a looooong time. The reason is that once you are finally awarded diability payments, you get baikpaid to the date of your initial claim.
And guess who gets a third of that big check?
Well, the lawyer has nothing to do with the length of the case or the hearing date...that is all up to the SS. And in TN, lawyers are capped at a certain amount of the total amount...seems to me I heard a max of $2,500 but don't quote me on that amount.

Most cases go for around 18 months before the SS schedules a hearing from what I understand.
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Jan 11, 2010
 
Judy wrote:
Does anyone know who would be an excellent attorney to win a disability case?
Why????
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Not to sound mean or anything but maybe this person IS disabled and cannot work. Not everyone who applies for SS is lazy and doesn't want to work.
Majority of them are lazy pieces of trash that just drain the system.

If you are legitimately disabled then SS is fine. But these sorry pieces of trash who are 20-25 years old and have never worked a day in their life should just fall off the planet.

This town is full of deadbeats.

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Jan 12, 2010
 
i know wrote:
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Majority of them are lazy pieces of trash that just drain the system.
If you are legitimately disabled then SS is fine. But these sorry pieces of trash who are 20-25 years old and have never worked a day in their life should just fall off the planet.
This town is full of deadbeats.
Oh, I totally agree. But what town isn't full of people milking the system? Between the deadbeats and the illegals, the Government will be broke soon.
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Feb 17, 2010
 
Hi, I used Binder & Binder. I just went through the ss disability. It drag out from 07/2008 to 01/2010. to get ss disability. I had filed on my own the first time around back in 07/ 2008. Within it seemed only a few weeks I was sent a deniened letter. I sent everything as far as my life history and all medical records. Binder's put in an appeals letter, it is a dragged out red tape government mostly left hand doesn't know what right hand is doing. Any way I was granted in the finial NOTICE Of Decision a full favorable by the judge. For to many health problems at this time. Some that will reqire surgery.Which I have had three old surgeries in the same area causing recurrence of problems.Ok, here is a big blow . This I don't thing is fair at all. If a person becomes disabled in the middle of the month say in July of 2008, SS Disability say's that that month don't count in order for it to count you have to been hurt on the first of month. So now SS hold back 5 months, from the time you filed or became disabled. You never see that. So now for as long as your case has draged out, you get what is called back pay or retroactive,out of this attorney's take out 25% or as of 2009,$6000.00. and you get the rest . Then you start getting your month check, then you have to get follow up check ups every couple of years. to see if you are able to work. What REALLY gets me is if a family or a single person is indigent homeless or real disable cause of health, lost everything, how can SS hold back 5 to 6 months, on a person that could use every penny. As long as you paid into the system you should be intitled to what you paid in.It's bad enough that a person has become disabled, it seems that SS penalizes you. Then on top of that you have to hire a lawyer and they get a quarter of it. this is so wrong.
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Mark Stapleton is an excellent disability attorney.
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Morristown, TN

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Jan 23, 2011
 
Mary Rutherford and Janice Whitehead do the lion's share of the disability work in Morristown for a reason.

Normally, representative fees are capped at 25% of the back pay or 6K, whichever is less, plus expenses.

The 5 month waiting period mentioned above is statutory. Congress would have to change the law to address this.

As for the waiting time, the Kingsport hearing office, which serves the Morristown area, is one of the best 5 or 6 offices in the country in terms of case processing times (there are over 140 Social Security Hearing offices nationwide). Look it up, it's all public record.
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Judy wrote:
Does anyone know who would be an excellent attorney to win a disability case?
I filed myself in February 2010 and was approved in June 2010. I did not use a lawyer, I simply completed the initial application over the phone with the local SS office and gave them authorization to pull medical records, etc. They had me go to their local Dr. twice for testing at their expense and I was approved. I understand that about 83% of the applicants are denied the first time around and around 75% the second time. My case must have been unusual to have been approved the first time, but I am thankful that it was! Also, I never knew that it is the state of Tennessee that determines whether or not your disability is approved and not SS. Anyway, I was approved. On the flip side, I would give it up in a flash if I were able to go back to work and able to do things. Good health is priceless!
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I can definitely relate to the pain. In March 2007, at the age of 20, I had to have emergency spinal surgery as the result of a motor vehicle crash. I broke my back in two different places and part of the vertebrae actually laid on my spinal cord. The ambulance took me to the hospital, where I laid on the stretcher and the C-Spine collar for about 4 hours, in the hallway of the ER because there was no room available. A ER nurse came to me and said they needed to get a urine sample. I told the male nurse that they haven't done any x-rays or anything on me yet and that I was in extreme pain in my lower back. He replied, "Oh we usually base moving you on how well you move your extremities." I said, "ok then." Well, while still being on the stretcher, the male nurse rolled me to a private bathroom, took the C-Spine collar off and proceeded to stand me up. Pain shot all through my body as he walked me to the toilet. I was unable to hold myself up, I lost my hearing, and everything went black. He got his urine sample though, all over his arm. He laid me back down on the stretcher and wheeled me back to the hallway. An ER doctor came over and said they were going to do x-rays now. They done the x-rays and it showed that I had broke my L1 and L3. They rolled me into the trauma unit, put a cathedar in, and then put me in a room to await the arrival of a Orthopedic Surgeon. Once he arrived he came to my room and told me I had two options: 1) Try to stand up and see what happens 2) Go through immediate surgery and place a Titanium cage in my spine. I told him that the nurse in the ER had already stood me up and what had happened and he said that the nurse should of never done that. I opted to go through surgery. It was a good 7 hours from the time I arrived at the hospital until I seen the surgeon. I was never offered any pain medication or anything. Surgery was suppose to of lasted maybe 4 hours, but it ended up being 8 hours long. I had a L1 Spinal Fusion and L3 Vertebral Corpectomy. They fitted me with a body brace and I had to wear it for 4 months.
I went back to the dr a couple years later. The surgeon that performed the operation no longer worked for the office so a Physicians Assistant took yet another x-ray and said that it was a Thorocolumbar Strain and gave me muscle relaxers which did not help at all. I eventually got fed up with the doctors there and never got a second opinion and have been living with the pain (with no pain medication) since. I worked in Law Enforcement before my accident and have even went back and worked Law Enforcement since surgery. In the past couple years it seems that my back pain is worsening quite considerably. Fighting on the job all the time had started taking an even greater toll on my back and I finally decided it was time to look for another career or I would probably end up paralyzed. I come from a family of truckers so I figured what the heck and went and obtained my CDL. Well, after a year of driving OTR and having an even greater amount of pain from sitting long periods of time and cranking the landing gear on the trailers. I got out of the truck and went back to Law Enforcement for a smaller agency, figuring there would be less odds of being involved in a physical altercation. It seemed as if since I started driving though, my pain has not subsided. Now I am unemployed, can't draw unemployement, have no insurance, and I'm in a considerable amount of pain. I can't sit for to long, can't lay down for to long, can't walk great distances, and sleeping is a thing of the past. I have major headaches, sharp pain shoots from my right foot to my neck, it has became difficult to do normal everyday things, I get dizzy spells at times, my lower back stays swollen, the pain is so great at times I get sick to my stomach and can't eat. I don't want to go to the hospital and end up having a huge bill, nor do I want to go through that awful surgery again. I don't know what to do. ADVICE?
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Jun 8, 2013
 
Contact Mark Stapleton in Rogersville/Morristown TN and start the process to get disability benefits; also should start a lawsuit for personal injury - good luck!
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Jun 8, 2013
 
when do you need to get an lawyer i've been told to wait till second appeal
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Jun 8, 2013
 
If neone had ne clue of the medical conditions I have,even with proof from docs,they probly still wldnt blieve it

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