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Flip Flop Queen
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   Posted 2/16/2010 2:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I was reading and responding to Nurse2 who got rejected for disability again. What really bothers me is you have some group of  people deciding whether or not people are in bad enough shape to qualify for disability. I know they have doctors who look at these cases but come on they work for the government and it's their job to keep us off of disability. It really irritating that a group of strangers who know nothing about my history except for what they're reading telling my that my doctor is wrong and that I should be able to work. I know from working in the medical field there was no way I could tell an employer during an interview that I had to leave my last job due to missing too many days because of my back. No one is going to hire someone with exsisting back problems, that's a work liability waiting to happen.
  I know they need to have some way to regulate the system because of all the phony people who try to get disability so they don't have to work. I just don't think the system they have know is working. It shouldn't be so hard for someone who has documented prove showing all the surgeries, doctor visits, injections,etc they have had to do  to be able to get disability. I don't think anyone is a good enough of a con artist to be able to fake their way through some of the things that I've been through. If so I don't understand why you'd put yourself through all that!!!smhair
Brenda, (Flip Flop Queen)

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   Posted 2/16/2010 2:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Brenda, you are so right on. Who would really try to manipulate the system to the point they'd actually get disability? But the fact is, apparently people do so, people like Nurse2 has to deal with all the crud she's been put through.
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   Posted 2/16/2010 3:24 AM (GMT -6)   
From what I have been told, in round 1 your case is reviewed by a clerk of some kind and that it is not even sent to the medical review board. It is not until you file your initial appeal that it is sent to the medical review.

I know a lawyer who works for the IL attorney generals office and she was telling me of a guy she knows who works for Social Security who brags about having an over 99% rejection rate on initial claims. The only ones he approves are those with terminal illnesses who are given less than a year or two to live.

I agree the system is broke. It is too hard for those who legitimately need the benefits to get them and the penalties for the cheats are not strong enough.

Just recently a guy a couple of towns over was arrested for SSDI fraud. He had been on disability for a few years until someone turned him in. Turns out while drawing disability he was also working as a mechanic doing auto repairs for cash money as well as a volunteer firefighter. He was looking at maybe a couple of years in jail, a small fine, and restitution. Way to light in my opinion given how many people his actions have hurt.
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   Posted 2/16/2010 5:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I got my first denial for SSDI the week after Christmas and was kinda expecting it on the first round. I now have a lawyer and he told me it takes 3-6 more month to get a decision on the appeal and that only about 10% will get it during the appeal process, then it's off to see the judge which could take who knows how long to get an appointment.

This whole process puts people in financial situations that just adds to the stress of not being able to work. My dad was disabled at age 57. I remember my mom was so embarrassed when they had to get food stamps to get by because of all the buraucracy. Their savings was totally depleted by the time it was done.
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   Posted 2/16/2010 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
It's one of those things where we have both the good & the bad. It has gone on for years. Whoever it was that said they couldn't believe a person would want to go thru some of the stuff we do, just to get a check. Don't kid yourself, there are tons of people out there like that. They make their living this way and usually it is passed down thru the generations. There are drs out there that will do lots of surgeries on people no reputable dr would consider. I saw a lot of this when I worked and it was mind blowing.

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   Posted 2/16/2010 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I know people that get disability because they can't read. They never went to school. And they spend their money on beer and cigarettes. If that isn't taking advantage of the system, I don't know what is.
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