I wanted to let you guys know that I received a letter from the local SS office yesterday (yes, I have yet to receive the one from ODAR ((ALJ Hearing Decision)). It told me to contact SS immediately regarding my minor child's SS and gave me a direct name to speak with....strange. I gave the lady a call and the receptionist told me that my ODAR letter was mailed on the 24th and so this office mailed this letter on the 30th. The Holidays must have screwed up the mail delivery since they were coming from two different cities.
Anyway, I was told by the receptionist that my ALJ decision letter states that I was fully granted SSD from the exact date that I injured my back in March of 2009. There is a 5 month wait and then the back pay starts from there. She even started crying when she was telling me because it was so great to be able to give somebody good news. What a sweet and wonderful person! So then she sends my call to the person identified in the letter and it turns out that my daughter will receive 50% additional SSD because of my award until she reaches the age of 18.....she's just turned 11. Also, Medicare kicks in after two years of SSD benefits, so that will help too when it comes to all these horrible medical bills. I'll still keep my husband's medical coverage, but it will be great to have lower co-pays for meds and lower out of pocket expenses for a while.
What a wonderful Christmas present this is for my family!
Thank each of you who kept us in your prayers and all of the support and kindness you have given. You guys mean so much to me!
I also wanted to let you guys know that it can happen if you just keep fighting (and get a good attorney). Mine earned her money IMHO.