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   Posted 1/30/2012 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   

I know that this subject has been spoken about quite frequently here, but I was wondering if someone could point me to the best place to start. I would like to find out how much disability I would get from Social Security. I have short term and long term through my work.

Was told today that maybe I should check in to going on disability by my HR. So...I really don't know where to begin. Kind of in shock.

Mary Ann

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   Posted 1/30/2012 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
They have an extensive website at about everything you'd ever want to know!
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   Posted 1/31/2012 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mary Ann. I filled out the SSA forms myself. It's extremely important that you get medical records from ANY doc you saw while trying to get diagnosed and all records from your current docs. Make copies for you as well as copies for SSA which should cost about $100. You will also need letters from your rheumy and PC describing your problems. Documentation regarding everything your work has done to help you be able to work even when ill (such as working from home). It's a huge amount of work.
Luckily I had been collecting records so I didn't need many, but I was very ill when I completed my SSA application and I had to push myself to do this. I had all the documentation collected before I submitted my SSA application. I placed the stack of documents on my rolling walker and went to the closest SSA office two days after I submitted my application. My SSA was approved one month after my submission.
The alternative is to let SSA do all of this, calling you frequently. I worked for the Feds most of my life and I don't think the SSA employees are going to push themselves to get all your information. Most folks are denied and then hire a lawyer who take a percentage of your benefits.
If you have any questions feel free to look up my email and drop me a line.  Love, Butterflake   

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   Posted 1/31/2012 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
For disability you will get the amount you would get at your full retirement age.  Call your local SS office and they will help you.  Applying for disability is usually a difficult process and takes more than one application...usually 3.  Many of us who did apply later got an attorney who took the case on contingency.  It took me 3 tries and when I first applied I was quadriplegic (not from lupus) and could not swallow and my prognosis was not very good.  I did get it on the 3rd try and turned 66 2 years later. 
Get someone to help you...your husband or a good friend.  Make sure that your doctor is on board with the need to apply. 
Good luck,

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   Posted 2/6/2012 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello MaryAnn,

Short term and long term disability through my job was a breeze. My physician submitted the required paperwork to Hr and within two weeks I was getting 72% of my monthly income for 6 months. After the short term ended the physician sent in addtional paper work and I managed to received long term for 12 months at which time the gov kicked in
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