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   Posted 7/22/2012 2:53 AM (GMT -6)   
My last visit to pysch doc she asked me how I felt about appyling for SSDI she states I have clinical depression. Now I have been thinking about it as I have chronic pain but I have suffered depression since my mom commited sucide in 2003, she gave me the name of law firm she says does good work and dont charge you upfront but gets a % of your backpay i asked her if i would get backpay seeing how i am single mom and have had to work. She said it doesnt matter that I have worked that I will bet backpay to 2003 and that is when my life spun out of control finding my mom on the floor of garage. I was wondering if anyone could tell me k
if this is all correct info. Can i get backpay if I was working? I have a phone interview for SSDI next week. My doc is writing a letter stating my history of clinical depression. Hoping some of you can give some answers and advice in how this all works and things i need to do as well to obtain the SSDI?



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   Posted 7/22/2012 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi there... I think it would be best to ask your attorney about all of this to get accurate information. Though there may be somebody here with some answers. I hope you get your disability. But I would talk to the attorney asap and get some answers and get the ball rolling. Trust your attorney, they are smart about these things. I think your psych doc has a good point and that you are doing the right thing for you.

Take care, keep posting. I hope this is a good day for you.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 7/23/2012 2:03 AM (GMT -6)   
You get back pay from when you apply for ssdi. Usually the process takes years to get through and they pay back to when you applied. In a few rare cases people get back pay from before they first apply but not if you've been working and making decent money. You are only allowed to make so much before you are not eligible for back pay.

You will most likely get the ssdi for your depression not your chronic pain. You have a great advantage in having a doctor who will back you up.

You lawyer will be able to explain all of this better than I can. Good luck :)
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   Posted 7/23/2012 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   

hope it works out for you. can't be of help. in a different country.

with healing compassion,




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   Posted 7/23/2012 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi EMTJenn,
I am in the process of applying for long term SSI disability. 99% of the time the 1st application Lawyer or no, you will be denied, that is the system.  Then they reprocess with the doctors and it can take up to 2 years of investigating info gathering before money is paid.  But it will go retro to the day you applied if the lawyer does their job correctly.
This is for long term, not the initial 6mos for short term, which you have to apply for first and be paid.
Make sure you have been paid all your vacation and sick time from work prior to the application being processed.. The lawyer should guide you in these type of things.
Best of luck to you in your process!
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