Posted 12/11/2007 11:32 PM (GMT -6)
I applied and was denied for SS disability in Ohio. I had been let go from my last job from missing too much work and had been written off work by my GI each time. I had no issues getting short term disability through jobs in the past, but SS is much harder. There are lots of forms/questions and ALL doctors who have treated you for any symptoms relating to Crohn's will have to fill out forms and release medical records. I also did the phone interview as mentioned above. You can fill out most of the application online as that's what I did. I think there were consent forms that I had to acutally sign and mail back for the release of my medical records, but I never actually went to an office or anything. By the time I was denied (I think it took about 4 months for a decision) I was recovering from resection surgery and hopeful that I would be able to go back to work. Just a suggestion, if you file and are denied, look into an attorney who specializes in these kind of SS denial/reapplication issues. I have an aunt and an uncle who have medical issues who were both denied the first time. My aunt got an attorney and was approved within 5 months of refiling. My uncle just reapplied himself (basically resumbitted the exact things from the first time) and he was approved also. I know the one thing they said to me in my "denial" letter was that during the last year I had been able to lift over 20 lbs if needed at work and that was an issue. It also stated that you have to physically not be able to do ANY job, not nessicarily the one you had been doing in the past. I was kind of sick on and off so there were times that I could work and times that I couldn't and that hurt me in their "standards". If you are really unable to work, keep trying!