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   Posted 11/21/2011 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone. I have a question concerning disability. Last week I received notice that my disability has been approved. Yay me! I applied in September of 2010 with the help of a lawyer. I had a hearing scheduled for this month and my lawyer called and said I had been approved and the hearing was canceled. I received my approval letter from SSD. The letter stated that a disability review is recommend in 24 months. Does everyone on disability get reviwed within that time period? What exactly is a disability review? My lawyer is out of town for the holidays so I can't reach him with my questions. Thanks for reading my post. And Happy Thanksgiving

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   Posted 11/21/2011 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was approved I received the same letter in 2005 and it took them about 36 month's before I received a letter stating they were going to review my medical info to continue my disability. It's like applying all over but not as bad. They ask for a bunch of release forms for your doc's and anything that you have been doing to help your situation. It is much easier the second time around and you don't need a lawyer.   
If you have any other questions about disability I will be glad to answer what I can. I originally submitted my SSI or SSD form myself (I forget which one. I worked for 22+yr's and paid alot in taxes so which ever that one is) and was rejected twice then I hired a lawyer and was approved.

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   Posted 11/21/2011 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Harley this is done depending on the type of disability the person has. The reason being is some people actually do not stay on SSD and go back to working. Normally, a review is done every 5-7 years. I was approved back in 2004, and a couple of months ago I got a letter from then saying it was a review, it consisted of 3 sheets of paper with some yes/no questions, main thing they wanted to know was if I had returned to work, if so when, had my dr ever discussed returning back to work. I did not have medical authorizations to sign & send back.

We represented a lady on a SSD claim and the judge would only award her disability for two years because of her type of injury. He said there was a very good chance she would improve. It does not mean benefits will stop either, they will send forms for you to answer and sign.

Have a happy turkey day and congrats on getting awarded.
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   Posted 11/21/2011 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you both for replying. I figured it was in my best interest to use a lawyer so I got one from the start. My approval letter states that I have been disabled since January 2003. It also states that medical improvement is expected with appropriate treatment. My disability approval was based on my Crohns Disease, rectovaginal fistula, recurrent MESA infection, and status post bilateral hip replacements. I really was surprised that at the age of 41 that I was approved so quickly. Again thank you guys for taking the time to respond.

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   Posted 11/21/2011 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, you may have been approved so quickly because you went in with lawyer, I spent 2 years trying to get SSI on my own, (which is different from SSD), but the third time was a charm, with the lawyer, it took him 3 months after he took my case, which he would not have taken if he didnt think he could win, as he would not get paid if he didnt win.
In the now almost 13 years since I was approved, I received one letter for review, which was quickly followed by a letter saying never mind, dont need to be reviewed as it went in as a lifetime chronic disease, it would if anything get worse.
Again, I say SSI is different from SSD, and I would follow Straydogs advice on the SSD, she knows what shes talking about.
Take care, good luck
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

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   Posted 11/28/2011 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe anyone applying for SSDI MUST go with a lawyer. There is less BS, the lawyers know the rules and will prevent SSDI from having you jump thru unnecessarh hoops. They usually get the approval done much faster. I had a private detective who was trying to make a positive identivication on me, his tackit was to knock on my front door, as me if I was Cheryl Johnson and of course I said yes. He stated that he found my name in someones little back book with severval stars next to my name. I didn't know this person in any manner shape or form, but he proceeded to tell me this guy had jsut passed away from aids and that I should go get tested.and I insisted that I did not know this person NOR did I ever had a sexual relationship with him. The next time I saw this man was at my SSDI hearing. I told the judge what this man said and did to me and how he tried to scare and use intimidation tactics just to make positive identifaction. The judge charged him with contempt of court and fined him 10,000 dollars. I don't think he will dp that again. Then the guy swore that he had a video of me and my children where wrestling and playing in the yard. Which I also knew did not happenk If was my sister inlwa. we have the same body frame, hair color and weight. When the judge requested it be played, it majically disappeared.
SSDI will go to any lengths to try to prove that you are a lair and do not deserve to have it. Good luck to those of you fighting the system. Get the laeuer! If anyone has any questions I would be happy to help! Take care Cheryl
DX: spinal fracture L5/S1, fusion 1/96, Spondylolethsis, DDD, nerve damage to both legs and bladder, 4/2007 anterior & posterior fusion L1-S1, 4 Bladder surgeries. Multipe injections, depression, PTSD

Meds: MS Contin 60mg bid, oxycodone 30mg tid, clonazapam 1mg bid, Pristiq 50mg.

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   Posted 11/29/2011 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Harley, SS sets the review time depending on whether in their eyes you will improve or not. My review is in 5-7 years because my back issues are not curable but SS must think that your issues may get better with time thus the 24 month period. Age probably comes into play also. You still have alot of workable years left.

Congrats on getting your SSDI. I know it is a long, drawn out process and the financial hardship can be awful to deal with.

DDD, osteoarthritis, facet syndrome, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus surgeries left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3 & L-3/4, fibromyalgia, polymyalgia rheumatica

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   Posted 11/29/2011 11:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I was fortunate (I guess), my disability was ruled pernament from the start, and it was stated that I would not have to ever be reviewed, as my situation is terminal.

david in sc
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81, 6/11 5.8
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10
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