Getting Disability

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   Posted 2/3/2009 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
It has been a LONG time since I worked. First I stopped working b/c I had a very disturbed child who needed me available 24/7. Then the fibro and arthritis got so much worse. So I did an application over the phone with Social Security for Disability. I am only 39. I realize they will probably turn me down the first time. anyone know how to get this to go through either the first time or the first appeal? Anyone have the name of a good law firm to help with this? I have been sick with this (fibro and arthritis) since age 14 and with severe migraines several times a week (even WITH meds to prevent them) since age 4. The migraines were not always this bad, but I have had at least 1 every 2 weeks all my life that I can remember.

Anyway, I think medically I deserve Disability. But I am worried about the whole application process.

Thank you.
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   Posted 2/3/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
My very best advice to you is to be completely honest.  I applied for social security disability after my husband died and I couldn't get any health insurer to cover me.  I had fibromyalgia, Crohn's disease, diabetes, and a severe hearing impairment.  Still, I didn't consider myself disabled.  I only tried for disability because I needed Medicare. 
I did the phone interviews, answered all questions on forms accurately, gave them all my doctor contacts and also contacted my doctors so that they could send my records to the Social Security Administration, and went to all the doctor appointments SS set up.  (The doctors they sent me to were a joke compared to the doctors I had been going to.)  When I had done all of this, they said they'd let me know what the decision was...this was in July or August.  (I started in April with the first interview.)  I never heard anything and I never called because I definitely didn't want to make a pest of myself.  In December I opened my bank statement and there were thousands of dollars in there that I hadn't deposited.  Social Security had deposited it.  I was considered disabled from the day my husband died.
I actually was shocked.  I totally expected to be turned down but I guess what I wrote, what my doctors sent in, and what their doctors saw all matched up.  So, be totally honest and if your doctors agree that you should be on disability, you will probably get it.  If SS thinks an applicant is "fudging", which I'm sure they've seen thousands of times before, I think their application will go in the garbage.  That's my humble opinion.
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