Answered on Aug 19th, 2011 at 9:46 AM
Contact a lawyer, not because what you have stated is a good case, but it could be. There are other facts and pieces of information an attorney in your local area will want to discuss with you that are relevant.
If you are receiving unemployment benefits, you can still file for disability benefits. Your lawyer will counsel you on the important steps to take while receiving those benefits.
Disability must last 12 months or more. Your hip replacements may take more than 12 months to recover, so that may be a good case. Note, however, that if the replacements eliminate the problems you were having, and you are able to return to work, you must report that to SSA, and some very specific rules kick in.
No attorney-client relationship has been established because of the information provided. Seek local counsel to address your particular facts. MJHJ