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#1 of 7 Old 12-03-2008, 11:47 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I am wanting to contact some lawyers to see if I have any kind of case. (Hey, it can't hurt right? )

I was applying for gov't benefits recently, and as I was trying to navigate through the mountains of paperwork the caseworker gave me, I informed her that I had severe depression and untreated bipolar (And adhd I now find out.) and I couldn't handle all of the paperwork. She kind of shook her head and blew me off. She said "Its not that much."

She didnt inform me their was a 10 day due date on the like 20 documents I needed to provide, some which I couldnt afford to buy like birth certs, and some that needed to be ordered from employers like paystub's.

I got denyed benefits. (Because I didnt provided her with proof of my religion for not vaxxing and not getting a financial document to her that I had to order in the mail.) We are close to no food, having 2 cars repossessed, cant pay our utilities, and I can barely scrounge enough for rent this month thanks to this :

As a member of MDC informed me, they provide translators if you dont speaak english and help for the elderly, so why not the mentally ill?

I'd like to see if I have a case.

I just dont know if the yellow pages would be the right place to look for a lawyer for this situation.

What do you think?
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Word of mouth is the absolute best way, usually. Ask everyone you know if they have a recommendation for a lawyer, particularly one who deals with human rights issues.

Is there a Lawyer Referral Service where you live? In some areas, the bar association runs such a service - you call, they give you a few names, and those lawyers will offer you a free or low-cost consultation.

If there is a local law school, you may want to try asking the professor who teaches human rights law, or civil litigation or something similar who they would recommend locally.

If you know a lawyer in another practice area, like a family lawyer or a lawyer who does property transactions, you can also try asking them for a referral.
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Also, find out if there are any legal clinics locally that deal with mental health issues, or social benefits issues. You may be able to access services that way.

Finally, if you were denied benefits, find out if there is an appeal period/procedure, and also find out if the agency actually provides any kind of advocate under the circumstances - some do but it may not be publicized.
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Most cities have a semi separate service for SMI....which provides a caseworker to help you get through the red tape to receive benefits .....if you are in the Phoenix area, I can give you more info....good luck! s

ps...try a community legal search in your area

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thx. :

I totally just sent a letter to the ACLU. :

I also emailed a local law school.

Now on to calling actual lawyers.....

how ridiculous is this whole scenario?!?!?!?!?! I mean, a little assistance here?!!! :
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heh...I just got off the phone with a lawyer who told me to call the aclu.

I didnt really want to use a free lawyer because I feel like a for profit one would be more motivated to litigate if there was profit in it for them, kwim?
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First, call and ask social services if there is an advocate of some kind. Here there are "family services" and their job is to help you apply for services, right down to making sure your paperwork is filled out correctly, and advocating for you if you are wrongfully denied.

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