Original claim denied because they were not able to get in touch with the doc that performed the biopsy and diagnosed me with advanced stage Basal Cell Carcinoma on and in my neck and head.
On 9/30/2014 I got ahold of the doctor in question and provided the medical records requested to my case worker. He told me he thinks the denial will be overturned. It's taking forever and he recommended talk to someone to represent my case and pay via back check......18 months now.
Having an attorney doesn't always speed up the process. It sounds like the records have been submitted and you're just waiting on SSA and the state agency DDS to determine your case. I'm not sure what you mean by "advance stage" but if you have stage 4 cancer and SSA knows this, you should already be a priority case. You can also contact your Congressperson to write a letter to SSA on your behalf. That might help. Good luck.
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I agree with Mr. Pham. I would add that 18 months seems like a terribly long time to be at the reconsideration stage. While there is no guarantee an attorney can "speed up" the decision on the claim, attorneys are often useful in ensuring that everything is in front of the decision maker in a timely manner.
Having an attorney can speed up the process if they help you get the proper information before SSA to decide your claim, but SSA won't work any faster just because you have an attorney. There is value in retaining an attorney to answer questions like these and others that may arise. I agree, an 18 month wait is extremely unusual to still be at recon stage.
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