I Was Awarded Social Security Disability

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   Posted 8/31/2010 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
There is an older posting about Social Security Disabilty that was revived recently but I wanted to share with everyone my good news and how it happened.
I was just awarded Social Security Disability (SSD).  GET A LAWYER WHO SPECIALIZES IN SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY! I hope you don't think the use of all capital letter is rude but this is the way to go.
I tried to apply for SSD online by myself.  It was just too confusing.  When I went to the lawyers office (with my suitcase full of medical records) I sat with a paralegal and we did the SSD application together.  He knew how to word the answers.  I applied through the lawyers office in May 2009.  I was awarded SSD in July 2010.  I was rejected in Sept. 09.  The lawyers office promptly filed an appeal on my behalf. Needless to say I won, although it took about 8 months to get the hearing.
The lawyers only make money if you win. I am 55 years old and had not been working since 11/07, (thank god I have an understanding wife.)
Lyme Disease itself will not get you awarded your SSD.  However the chronic ailments it can cause and leave you with are recognized as justifiable reasons for getting your SSD.  You do need to have been out of work for atleast 6 months in most states.
Remember this.  Social Security is an insurance policy you have paid in to.

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   Posted 8/31/2010 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   

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   Posted 8/31/2010 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the heads up that SS won't award on the basis of lyme only. I tried to apply several years ago on mercury toxicity...didn't bother asking for legal advice...and it certainly was a wrong angle!! Oh, yes...Congratulations!

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   Posted 8/31/2010 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
WOW!! Congrats Saxmar!!! And great advice for others!!!

Georgiagirl, it is my understanding that even if you are awarded SSD, for most conditions, you will have to go through periodic evaluations. My hubby was disabled with severe DVT & PE and although his 1st evaluation isn't until 7 years has passed, he will still have to go through that process.
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   Posted 9/1/2010 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for the Congratulations regarding my getting SSD.

I will have to go through a review in 5 to 7 years.

I also can now collect from my union pension. It is not a lot because I am taking it before 65, but every little bit helps.

Two things that helped my case. The judge asked if I could tie my shoes. I showed him velcro laceless sneakers. He also coomented about the fact I take 2400 mg of neurontin. He said "that is a very strong drug."

Other things that helped were: I saved all medical records. I also on a regular basis saw my LLMD, Primary MD, Neurologist, Cardiologist, GI Doc, ENT. I also did Physical Therapy for neck pain. And I saw a psychologist for cognizance problems due to the Lyme.

Any body who needs more help reagrding this please post here and I will reply.

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