Help from those who have successfully gotten their Soc Sec Disability

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Date Joined Mar 2012
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   Posted 4/11/2012 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I received a thick packet from SS today of forms to complete and return before ten days regarding my disability claim. Has anyone successfully done this before that can offer any tips, suggestions, recommendations to hopefully getting approval the first time around? Any help is appreciated. :)

Ciji confused

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   Posted 4/11/2012 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think anyone really gets approved the first time around. Answer all the questions as asked, PLUS include letters from all your doctors that say what your diagnosis is and when, if ever, they expect a return to work. What restrictions do they put on your activities? I think there is a form for doctors to fill out as well that includes that info -- make sure these DR forms are all there, they are one of the more important pieces. Check out forms and hints on the SS website.
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   Posted 4/12/2012 12:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Mine was on the 6th time around. All I can say is KEEP doing it til your approved. On the bright side, from when you first apply to when you get approved you get all that money back

Elsie Mae
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   Posted 4/12/2012 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Make sure you have copies of everything you fill out and mail to Social Security Administration, plus post office verification it was delivered to the addressees. My forms got lost more than once so I missed deadlines and was turned down. After that happened a couple of times, I contacted an experienced Social Security Disability law firm, that appealed for me, and I was approved. I started the paper work in June or July and received my lump sum by around March. That was faster than most people I know of. Thankfully, I had been treated with Lupus-related health problems for years and had medical records available to confirm it. Keeping a health log also helped in my appeal. I was able to document how the chronic pain, chronic fatigue, and memory problems interefered with my career as an elementary teacher and with my daily life. Don't give up! Just stay on top of things and be your own self-advocate. I really recommend a SS Disability law firm in your state that has years of experience, success, and recommened by people who have used them successfully. I was able to handle all of mine via mail and telephone. I never had to go to the law firm and never met the attorney representing me. The attorney will get a federally regulated percentage of the SS Disability settlement. Your only costs could be copies of medical records they acquire and submit for you.

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Date Joined Apr 2012
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   Posted 4/17/2012 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I was approved the first time round and without a Dr. of my own. They sent me in to see two of their Drs., a psychiatric who specializes in pain and another one, unsure of his specificity. I was with each for about an hour and was completely honest with them. I didn't try to make myself look worse than I am but did not try to hide my pain either. I may have just been lucky or it may have been my age, 59, but I was approved the first time round. Everyone was shocked. Don't give up though even if it takes a few tries.

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   Posted 4/21/2012 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I was one of the lucky ones, took 2 months, 3 wks, and a day for my SSD to be approved. I lucked out, I was offered an appt. to see the SSA MD. due to a cancellation almost immediately after I sent in my application. The paperwork was scary, but I made two copies of everything, and completed one page at a time, erased, rewrote, then simplified everything, then copied it over to the copy I sent by certified mail. Good luck.
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Date Joined Apr 2012
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   Posted 4/26/2012 5:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm newly diagnosed with lupus and I'm only 21. I was wondering am i too young to recieve ssi?

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   Posted 4/26/2012 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
It depends on how disabled you are.
Go to the social security website and look up qualifying items for Lupus. See if you fit the information check list.
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