My SSDI attorney, Aimee Dugas

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Aimee Dugas is an SSDI attorney located in Philadelphia PA but with Friedman Law Firm, P.C. out of Birmingham AL. Aimee can handle SSDI hearings in virtually any state, and at the federal level, and she has experience in ME CFS cases. It is not at all easy to find an attorney with these criteria, especially given the unique nature of ME CFS being a very poorly understood "rare" disease among the medical community and beyond.

We had our hearing today and I was very impressed with Aimee's performance. She was well-prepared, summarized the medical findings and pointed the judge to the most compelling records, and asked a few questions of me and of the vocational counselor to show how very disabled I am.

I also was appreciative that Judge Frank Barletta was kind and polite during the 30-minute hearing. He did not ask any strange questions, seemed compassionate, and asked good questions that my attorney said she would not have been able to ask me (eg what are called leading questions).

The vocational specialist was on the phone. By the end of his weighing in on the judge's questions, the vocational specialist said there was no job that I could do.

Now I pray for a full acceptance by the judge and award of the maximum monthly benefit under SSDI with full back pay to day 1. I have a feeling that I will know relatively quickly.
 
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I thought it was strange that after I talked about my affluent career and the vocational counselor said that I could not do those jobs any longer but that someone like me could be a mail sorter or a cleaner or a third thing which I forget, this following the doctors' statements that I could not do any repetitive tasks, could not do any sedentary work, and the horrible results of my CPET etc that these jobs which are clearly involving repetitive tasks and physical labor would even be suggested. In the end the vocational counselor said I could not do any jobs and that is what is most important but I just found that "interim" discussion to be odd.
 
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@prioris Aimee said that they often like to throw "Walmart Greeter" into the mix, except that now Walmart is letting go of all their disabled workers -- perhaps that is why it was not suggested.
 
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I am just beginning the process of trying to help my 23 year old daughter w/ CFS apply for disability. Can anyone suggest good lawyers in NC with experience with CFS cases? And also, can anyone tell me if it would be detrimental for my daughter to move out of state while filing for disability? I’m wondering if she needs to stay in NC to get SSI benefits from NC, or if it’s a federal program and thus it doesn’t matter where she lives.
 

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I am just beginning the process of trying to help my 23 year old daughter w/ CFS apply for disability. Can anyone suggest good lawyers in NC with experience with CFS cases? And also, can anyone tell me if it would be detrimental for my daughter to move out of state while filing for disability? I’m wondering if she needs to stay in NC to get SSI benefits from NC, or if it’s a federal program and thus it doesn’t matter where she lives.
Why not try to contact Aimee Dugas

When your too much under the age of 50, applying for disability is made more difficult. Heck I got disease sometime under age 6. Some court ruling sometime in last 10 years or so has made filing for CFS much easier from what I understand.

My think is to apply without any lawyers involved in initial application and first appeal since lawyers offer virtually no help in filling out online SS application or do any real work. This part will take 4 months but they may approve her. Lawyers get involved from second appeal on.

I assume she went to a CFS specialist doctor and has done all the exclusion tests and got support of doctor. If so, doctors office makes a copy of the pertinent records and you mail it.

I remember they said in past that moving had no effect ... it just reverts to a different state ... technically it shouldn't matter but i'd be too scared to move ... lol ... maybe getting on disability in different states is made more difficult ... who knows