Posted 1/19/2020 8:13 AM (GMT -7)
Just keep in mind you cannot be actively employed when filing for disability. Your drs will need to give you a date that says you are no longer able to work too.
The forms are easy to fill out, no trick questions. It's true that most are denied on the initial application. A lot of people do not bother to appeal the decision. Go through the appeals process, keep copies of everything you send to the SSA, make a folder.If you have to go for a hearing this often works in favor of the person. The judges have the opportunity to see the claimant in person & hear their story. Many years ago my sister filed for disability. She had to go to a hearing & after the judge questioned her he told her on the spot, I am awarding you benefits back to the day you became disabled. He said I have no answer as to why your case was denied. She has been on oxygen 24/7 with lung capacity of less than 60% with oxygen. Normally at the end of the hearing the judge will say I will let you know my decision in so many days. This is an example of how having that hearing is important if you get denied.
Above all, after filing ask your PM dr to send you for a Functional Capacity Evaluation. Do a google search on this to get a better understanding of it's purpose. Keep in mind when SSA looks at your medical records they will be looking at your medical treatment for the prior 12 months. You still list all prior surgeries.The FCE will show deficits with your entire body, this is where all of your surgeries will come into play. Chronic pain is considered subjective & that can be somewhat relieved with medication. This report is vital for people that has had surgery & suffer with chronic pain.