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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 48
   Posted 7/28/2006 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Is anyone out there on ssdi for severe depression? We have been turned down 2 times and now
have attorney, they say wait to go before judge is 12 to 16 months! Is there anyway to speed up this process, I would like to hear anyones experiences on this matter, and what to expect.
My hubby has been unable to work for over a year now due to depressin and parkinsons we have 3 letters from 3 different docs stating that he can not engage in substatiantly gainful employment, he also now has indications of dementia, what more do these people need?

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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 1529
   Posted 7/28/2006 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Jules, I'm so sorry. We have a different system over here in the U.K. That doesn't help you here and now, but I just wanted to say hi, and, like Atedogs, tell you I'm sorry and hang in there.

You're in my thoughts.


P.S. I suppose as a last resort you could emigrate to over here! ;)

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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 4031
   Posted 7/29/2006 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi ya Jules, Going through the process of getting disability is most likely one of the most frustrating and longest processes you will ever face.  The system we have in my opinion, forces people into further debt with creditors and medical expenses even though they have all the proper documentation needed to show that they qualify for disability, they continue to deny forcing the claim into the appeal process which takes forever.  If your husband has been turned down twice and you had to retain an attorney for the appeal process then the claim is submitted to an ALJ (administrative law judge) for review.  They will decide if your husband’s disability is severe enough to push the claim through without going to court.  If you have to go to court it can take up to another year of waiting.  Hopefully, it won’t come to that. 

I went though all this myself not too long ago; I have MS and have been diagnosed for 5 years.  Last year in august I got real sick with low blood pressure and heart rate with sick sinus syndrome, which I had to get a pacemaker for.  I had to quit my job in Sept. and filed for disability then, was denied twice also even though I had 4 specialists stating I could not work with my condition.  In January of this year I was diagnosed with MSA (multiple system atrophy), which is a Parkinson’s like disease.  It is what has caused the low blood pressures and my heart rate to become so low.  I too had to get a lawyer to do an appeal for my claim and my disability just went through in June.  The ALJ determined that I was severely disabled under the law and no court date was necessary.  It was about 4 months that the judge had my claim before they made a decision.

With what you listed I would be very surprised if they forced a court date on you.  Please do post again and let us know how it goes.  Take care



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