Q: A severely mentally ill woman is looking for a disability atty. She is only 34.
No one is calling her back since she is not over 50. She is not able to keep employment and as a result can not keep an apartment. Whats her options when attys arent taking her case because of her age ? She lives in Arkansas
It can be challenging for younger individuals to find a disability attorney willing to take on their case, but it is not impossible. Here are some options the woman could consider:
Contact a disability advocacy organization: There are many organizations that provide free or low-cost legal services to individuals with disabilities. These organizations may be able to connect her with a disability attorney who is willing to take on her case.
Contact legal aid organizations: Many legal aid organizations provide free or low-cost legal services to individuals who cannot afford to hire an attorney. The woman can check with local legal aid organizations in Arkansas to see if they can assist her.
Contact the Social Security Administration (SSA): The woman can contact the SSA and explain her situation. The SSA may be able to provide her with additional resources or refer her to a disability attorney who is willing to take on her case.
Look for disability attorneys in neighboring states: While it may be more difficult to find a disability attorney in Arkansas, she may have more luck in neighboring states. She can try contacting disability attorneys in nearby states to see if they are willing to take on her case.
It's important to note that there is no age requirement to be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, and younger individuals can and do receive benefits.
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