Posted 5/30/2007 8:53 PM (GMT -7)
Get a new doctor and then a new lawyer. Maybe your case does not qualify but it does not sound like you are getting good support from either your doctor or lawyer. My doctors were always fully supportive but when I retained a lawyer for the 3rd try he pointed out why I had been denied. My case was approved within 2 weeks without ever appearing before a a judge.
70% of all SSD cases are denied on first application. Only 10-15% are approved on the second application called a reconsideration.
However, 2/3s get approved on the third try when your case is submitted to an administrative law judge. Most applicants have a lawyer by then who take the case on contingency. If they take the case it is because they feel it is winable.
It took 3 tries and a lawyer for my approval even though I was a quadriplegic who could not swallow when I first applied. The system is geared to deny the first 2 claims and gets more serious on the third. Even though SSD is a federal program the adjudicators and ALDs are all administered by your state so there are differences. A good lawyer can contact your doctor and ask the right questions so that your case is more likely to be approved.
Terrible system that should be changed but like so many entitlement programs it is unfair and penalizes those who deserve it.
Mixed connective tissue disease (systemic lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis), Raynauds phenomena, Hypertension, Barrett's syndrome.
Meds: prednisone (9mg & tapering), 150mg imuran, lisinopril 40mg, maxide 37.5/25mg, norvasc 5 mg, folic acid, potassium, aciphex 20mg, multi vitamins.
Maintain your optimism and you can beat the odds.
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." Helen Keller