Answered on Jun 16, 2016
Ultimately, assuming there is no statute of limitations issues you should be able to move forward with your case. Even if there were issues, you seem to have valid reasons for your absence. You should advise the judge of these issues in advance. Much depends on the judge about whether it would be dismissed, different judges handle things differently. Regardless, the other posters are correct, you should have an attorney, these cases are contingent and you do not really risk anything. Also if you are already getting benefits there is generally not a fee until the attorney wins in some regard. Good luck.