In my opinion you should get an attorney as early in the process as possible as there is no fee unless you are awarded benefits (contingency) and the fees are set by Social Security law and would be the same regardless if you hire the attorney the week before your hearing or the day you applied originally.
Search here on Avvo, contact your local or state bar association, or check with NOSSCR or NADR to find a Social Security attorney in your area. Look for one offering a free no-obligation initial consultation (most do) then meet with one or more and sign up with somebody with whom you are comfortable working. NOSSCR Lawyer Referral Service - For help in finding attorney representation, contact its lawyer referral service during Eastern business hours: 800-431-2804 or see: http://www.nosscr.org/referral.html . NADR - Find a Representative - telephone the automated system at 1-800-747-6131 or see: http://www.nadr.org/find-a-representative/ .
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I must have missed your original post. That said, please discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible. If you are having a difficult time locating an attorney near you, please use the "find a lawyer" feature (above) or visit www.nosscr.org.
I am sorry that this has been a frustrating process for you. Good luck.
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This sounds more like a rant than a question. If you were denied benefits then your best plan of action is to hire an attorney that deals in Social Security Disability. The more the attorney focuses on Disability Law the better the odds in getting an attorney that will know how to present your case.
I agree that you need to take your denial to a local lawyer who has handled several cases in front of the ODAR that your case will be decided by. Remember to act quick because most deadlines with the Social Security Administration only give you 60 days to act.