Hello from Kathy, as I stated before I live in Maryland, and after I was turned down twice once in 1999 and once in 2000, I finally retained a lawyer who only did SSI, SSD cases. He was great he filled out all forms, got the books and books of my records from my doctor, he reapplied for me in April 2001 and I received my award letter and first two checks June 2001. I got one check for me and one for my daughter who was under the age of 18.
I also received the back pay from when I first applied in Dec. 1999, and then June of 2000, as I realized by benefits from the workplace were going to run out in Dec. 2001. He enrolled me in medicare, gave me phone numbers to call for extra help from the county, state, salvation army, and catholic charities. I received groceriesfrom the local salvation army several time a year. My youngest was also allowed on medicare until she turned 18, all of this was very hellpful
I do know when my lawyer filed, he filed for SSI and SSI was what I was awarded. He was truly a great human being and let me know I could work as long as I didnt make over a certain amount of money, which I think was 6 or 7 hundred dollars a month. But unfortunately I could not work at all due to my injuries.
I received one letter from the SS office in 2004 explaining that I would have to be resertified by my doctor, the next day I received another letter from the SS office explaining that it was not necessary to be resertified at anytime, as they had received word that my conditioned has worsened over the years, and will continue to do fo. but I would not receive anymore letters from there office as it was very clear to them I would not be able to work again. Apparently they had gotten ahold of my lawyer who in turn had gotten ahold of my PCP, who in turn would no longer need to check up on my progress again, ever.
I am forever grateful to this man who worked so hard on my case and quite a few more cases. He had a great way of handling people and the troubles that come with them.
Good luck, and take care,
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson