How to find and get a disability lawyer in NJ when I have no money?
April 28, 2011 12:27 PM Subscribe
I live in Middlesex County in New Jersey. I have begun the application for disabilty due to anxiety and depression. I am worried I might need a lawyer, I have no money, and I don't know where to start.
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I have completed the initial report online. I had one in person interview with a casework where I also presented letters of support from my ex-wife, my significant other, and my professor that gave observations on how my behaviors and mental issues affected my everyday life. A week ago, I received an adult ability report and a work history report to fill out. I completed the abilty report after 5 days and mailed it yesterday. I will be completeing and mailing out the work history report today or tomorrow.
I have applied for both SSI and SSID. I stopped working in Feb '09. I have attended community college since fall of 09, but have had to drop to half time every semester due to anxiety and panic attacks. I have no other income save for student loan refunds. I have no insuarance (and have applied for medicaid), and have been off medication (can't afford it) since Sept of 09. I have not yet had the mental health interview from social security. I have been unable to visit a doctor since November 09.
I keep reading about how many applicants are denied the first time. I keep hearing that it's a good idea to have a lawyer for this eventuality. Some people say that I should have had one already. I don't have any money to pay for a lawyer, I don't know where to go to find one, don't know how to help them help me, and don't know how to tell a good disabilty lawyer from a bad one. Can someone please help? This whole process is drainging and scary and horrible enough...
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