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Asked on: 9/19/13, 3:26 am

Met with lawyer in early 2012. They took me on as a client at the initial level. Didn't hear anything for 4 months from SSA. Called SSA. SSA said that I had never applied for benefits. Got mad because the lawyer had essentially wasted 4 months of my life. Called the lawyer, left a voice mail explaining the situation, told them to forget it and not to file for me. Never heard back from lawyer. Thinking that the lawyer knew that I had abandoned the idea of trying to get SSI I decided that I would apply for unemployment and look for a job. Knew that I would just have to stop working at that job because of my disability but I still did it. Collected unemployment for a couple of months before finding job. Stopped working because of my disability in April 2013 and then all of a sudden I get a letter in the mail from social security asking for information about my case. What case?! Called lawyer I didn't know I had anymore and found out she submitted my application in May 2013. Lawyer claims SSA was claiming that they never received my information/application that I provided lawyer with in March 2012. My lawyer says not so because they sent it by certified mail. Well, apparently it took SSA and the lawyer from April 2012 - May 2013 to even start the disability process and I didn't even know that any of this was going on. I am worried because I am disabled but I had given up on SSI and tried to work again and also claimed UI Benefits where I marked that I was looking for a job all the while SSI stuff is happening in the background and nobody said anything to me. What is going to my now open case?

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