I'm just starting to consider applying for my company's short-term disability. I wouldn't be considering it at all if my boss didn't suggest that I apply. My question is, how bad do you have to be to justify disability?
In my mind, disability always meant "completely unable to function." Right now I'm in the office 35 hours a week. That's too much for me and not enough for my employer. I could probably work 20 hours a week with more effiency for my employer and still have the energy to take care of myself properly. (Which I don't have the energy to do now.) I could change jobs, but there's no way I could support myself on 20 hours a week. Does this make me an acceptable candidate for short-term disability, or in the long run SSI disability? Do I have to be completely incapable of holding down any job whatsoever? I feel like such a slacker for even considering this.
I am on disabiliity for crohns I have a few pointers which i think may help. It is a LONG process but...it can be done!
1. ALL your doctors need to be on board, especially your GI. They need to write in their letters and notes.. CAN NOT WORK.. very straight forward.
2. Fill out all the forms ( and there are many) as it i is the worst flare! relate it all back to the Cd. Can you go shopping.. YEs BUT need to be sure there is a bathroom near by etc. Tire easily.. Am Anemic... complain complain complain!
3. GET A LAWYER! If the lawyer specializes in disability they take NO money til you win! They know the system and are very helpful!
Post Edited (dusty1999) : 6/1/2012 3:45:12 PM (GMT-6)