I just got my approval for SSDI yesterday. I had applied this past June for both SSI and SSDI. I was approved for SSI a couple of weeks ago (SSDI determination pending). So, now I will just be receiving SSDI.
I had received one of those question packets from the person who determines approval. I immediately called the office as I had questions re the forms and medical exam they wanted to send me to. After yakking on the phone for a bit it was decided that I didn't need to go for the exam, or send in the paperwork relative to what a work day is like for me. I was approved on the basis of digestive disorders and malnutrition (I'm a skinny by the way). So, I'm glad I called instead of just sending in the forms.
So, I was relieved to know I have been approved on the first try without an attorney. There were a few things that I had done inadvertently that seemed to make a difference.
#1. I aged...which I can't help. I'm 58. It's not that younger people can't get approved. It's just that older ones have a greater chance.
#2. I always make a GP appointment every two or three months...always have. (For some reason that is important).
#3. I called the SS office every once in a while just to make sure I was still floating around somewhere in their system, or to ask questions (contrary to popular belief, they actually like you to do that).
#4. I always responded immediately to any paperwork or phone calls. The longer your file sits there incomplete, the deeper it gets buried.
#5. I make it a point to always be polite and as upbeat as I possibly can.
Good luck with your applying. I truly hope it will be as stress free for you as it was for me.