Debating wheter to wait for ssd hearing appt or try to work...

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   Posted 6/27/2007 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I've been on state disability since Nov 2006, I applied for ssdi in Aug 2006, I've been denied twice, I'm currently waiting for a hearing date. SS office stated wait time is about 4mos.(this was in June 07'). I have missed 3 DRs appts this mo. due to don't have medi-cal anymore. HB ins. will start in Aug. I'm still having the same disabling pain, my state disability ends tommorrow. I'm not sure if I should ask the DR to continue it or try to wrk instead. 
Last week, I went and applied for an Bilingual operator position, there were many ladies there aplling for it too.  I had been sitting for about 2 hrs, the recruiter was talking and I would feel like I couldn't comprehend what she was saying at times, my legs were in so much pain from not being able to get up.(no break was given).  On 5th hour of sitting there, we all were so hungry, the 1st group was taking the typing test. shortly after it was our groups turn to take it.  My hands were so shaky, I had trouble focusing on the words, my hands were cramping up in the mid. of my fingers, at times I would pause for a few seconds and I'd hope they wouldn't see that, was getting very tired. I did pass the test it was my 1st time taking one. I got cld next day and was offered the job, now I have to take a Language test. tommorrow.  I'm worried about that too. The drive is only 1 1/2 hrs for test only. Last time we went out of town, I had a panic attack, it was so scary.  I need help, should I try to work and see how it goes till the hearing at least.  If just in case I can't handle the job due to my pain, can I use this to show the judge that I did try to work and couldn't.  On my denial ltr it stated I could wrk as a cashier as I've done this in the past. But if had the choice of standing or sitting at a job I'd rather sit, so this is why I went for this type of job.  Believe me, I'd rather work, if only I didn't have this illness.  The thing I worry about is when I was wrkng I used all my sick time, got warnings also for sometimes leaving early to go to DRs appts. When appealed, I gave a copy of my Ltr frm last employer re: my absences and that they were aware of the illness 'Lupus' which may have caused them.  I'm hoping this will help my case too.
Sorry so long, plz give me advise...Thanks!!

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   Posted 6/27/2007 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you retain an attorney for the hearing? If not you should.  If the attorney feels your case has merit he/she will take it on contingency and make sure everything is submitted (if you have not done so already) properly to give you a chance to be approved.  Being turned down 2 times is almost automatic for most applicants including me.  I was a quadriplegic with little hope of recovering. 
It took the 3rd try and the ALJ approved it within 2 weeks without a hearing.  Don't know if my attorney had anything to do with it but I don't care.  If you return to work you are lessoning your chances to be approved.  The law is pretty clear that you have to be completely disabled and unable to return to your work for at least 12 months.  The initial process is one designed to DENY applicants but the 3rd is different and the stats are that 2/3 get approval.
Attornies will take you case on contingency and can only get 25% of your retroactive payments up to a max of $5300. 
If there is anything you can do to work for cash it is better than taking a job if you think you have a chance.  That is why talking to an attorney who specializes in disability claims is important.  They do not charge for an initial consultation.
Good luck and sorry you are having so much trouble but you are not alone.  Many of us have faced the same problems.
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   Posted 6/29/2007 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sunshine, I was wondering what you decided to do. If you made the trip and took the language test or not. It sounds like it would be pretty hard on you since you had symptoms after one day of testing. Unfortunately we need to pay bills too. I hope you can get the help you need.



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   Posted 6/29/2007 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I did go take the language test.  This should have been the easiest test I've ever taken. It was a phone coversation in spanish, only 30 min long. no content would be used against me.  I'm  thinking I may not have passed it, due to as the the coversation was flowing, a couple of times I could not remember the word usage I needed to use at the time, I would pause, word was in my head but it couldn't come out in the write way, sounded a little confused at times. Brain wasn't working properly, felt so dumb, l I grew up talking both eng & spanish. At the end was told would recieve ltr in 7-10 bisiness days.  I'm pretty sure I didn't pass it.  I felt so dumb for not being able to have a simple conversation in spanish. My hb said stop being neg.
I will wait to see what happens, I really wanted to try to wrk again, but the way the test went, I'd probably have a hard time wrkng.  This is terrible. Especially because I have always wrkd.
I can remember a week after I gave birth, in 1998, to my last daughter, I intervied for a job and was hired.  Family had said to wait a while, but couldn't. (due to ex, didn't want to wrk and bills had to get pd, so glad I'm not w/him). 
I will let u know what happens
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