Asked in Social Security and Public Benefits for Alabama

Q: Can I get some sort of disability help from the state of Alabam for severe lymphodema in bothmy legs from the knee down

I have navigated my life with this condition since I was around 10 yrs old. In the past 7 years the swelling in my legs from the knee down has grown significantly. I have to push myself to the limits everyday just to get thru work. And to add to the intense pain that feel daily my left MCL is either torn or worse . And I suffer with severe plantar fasciitis in my right foot . Sometimes this alone renders me unable to even walk after sitting for just a few minutes. I've attempted to get some sort of help thru a disability claim but have been told after seeing the government's appointed doctor that as long as I can walk I can work but I know my days are numbered and this could possibly end up in amputation down the road I've been told by three separate doctors /specialist. I don't want to wait till I lose my leg from the knee down to try to file for disability I would like to get it while I'm still able to walk which becomes more cumbersome by the day can you give me some advice

2 Lawyer Answers
James L. Arrasmith
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  • Social Security Disability Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: Based on the circumstances you've described, you might consider the following steps in Alabama:

1. Gather comprehensive medical documentation about your condition, including reports from the doctors you mentioned, highlighting the severity and prognosis.

2. If you've been denied disability benefits previously, consider appealing the decision. The appeal process might require presenting your case at a hearing where you can provide evidence and testify about your limitations.

3. Engage legal representation familiar with Social Security Disability (SSD) claims in Alabama. They can guide you through the process, ensuring all requisite documentation is in order and advocating on your behalf.

4. Explore state-based assistance programs, as some states offer additional benefits or resources beyond SSD.

5. Educate yourself on the specific criteria SSD uses to evaluate disabilities. Understand that it's not just about physical limitations, but also about how those limitations affect your capacity to work.

6. Document the impact of your condition on daily activities, emphasizing challenges at work and the probable future escalation of these challenges.

7. Persistence is vital. Many applicants face initial denials and only secure benefits after appealing.

It's crucial to advocate for your rights and health, and having the proper support, especially legal representation, can significantly aid your efforts.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: I'm sorry for your ordeal. Consider a consult with a disability attorney. Most SSD attorneys offer free initial consults. You could search independently, through the "Find a Lawyer" tab above, or through the attorney referral sections of local and state bar associations. Those resources are outside this Q & A forum, so any arrangements are between you and attorneys you may reach out to. Good luck

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