I am in a situation and I do not know what to do about it. I have applied for Social Security Disability and as of July got to the part where I was denied and needed to appeal to get a hearing before a judge. I had an attorney also. Well my attorney does the appeal and then I get a letter in the mail from the judge dismissing my claim stating I had sent my appeal in late or past the deadlines they give. So I call my attorney who tells me not to worry he will write a letter to the judge and all will go on from there. I was sent a copy of the letter also that stated that the attorney had sent my appeal in late because he had a death in his family and to please reconsider the dismissal of my claim. That was in July five months ago and I have heard nothing since. Well I have went to my attorney and asked if he had heard anything and I was told he had spoken to the judges office assistant and that she had told him not to worry all was going well and we would eventually hear something. So because this attorney was in the middle of handling our bankruptcy also I decided to continue with my attorney. Also in the past two weeks or so my husband and I have called to find out if we should just start a new claim or get another attorney or what and we are told everytime they will have the attorney call us back and he never calls us to tell us anything. Well two nights ago at 9:30pm the phone rings and it is the attorney. He is polite but in a rather condescending way like he was angry and you could tell it by his tone and some of the things he said. He told me never to call his office about my SS disability and that I was to call his private cell phone only to discuss this with him and no one in his office not even to leave a message. Now please understand I have not been rude with anyone before this so thats not the issue. So because I have always trusted this guy I tell him okay I will only call his cell phone to ask about my SS disability claim. But ever since then I have felt so strange like something is not right like why would he say this and what the H_ _ _ is going on here. If I do nothing will anything ever happen with my claim since it has been dismissed or do I trust that this judge will reconsider after 5 months time and send me a date for a hearing or do I start up a new claim and wonder what will happen with that? I have called Social Security and all they will tell me is that my claim has been dismissed, nothing about how the dismissal is in reconsideration. I have contacted an attorney on line and he emailed me that since I have an attorney he is not in a position to advise me so since at least some of you are not attorneys tell me please if you were in my place what would you do about this? Would you reapply a new claim, wait and see if this attorney is really in the works with anything to get my dismissal reconsidered or what? I feel so confused on this.