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Tertle
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 3/13/2008 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I am applying for SSDI now, my doc wants me to try and get approved, My leg is still pretty bad and I'm having undescribable fatigue. The Gabapentin is helping but not quit enough. They raised my dosage up so maybe that will help.

I had to stop with the application for a while, I'm doing it online and Man is it long!!!!!!

Just wondering about others expeirence with this. I'm sure I'll get denied, but i read in a MS newsletter that 70% of people who do apply get approved. so maybe that's some hope.
-Tertle


uppitycats
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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 2135
   Posted 3/13/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   

I know a bit about this process, having been a disabilities consultant for 30 years, before retiring.

It has become increasingly difficult to get SSDI. There are two major reasons, neither of which apply to you!: 1) they've gotten decreases in funding over the years, and so are sorely understaffed; 2) many people apply who are not eligible to get funds, and it takes time to weed them all out.

You say you're downloading the forms online.  **Make sure you fill in every blank, even if it's with something like "don't know", or "doesn't apply".  They hate to get forms back with blanks; I know people who have been denied solely because they've left a blank or two.

Make sure you make copies of everything you submit, and everything your doctor(s) submit on your behalf.  They have a bad habit of "losing" stuff, and if you have copies, you can move the process forward more quickly by simply making and submitting a copy-of-a-copy.

Before you submit anything, call the local office and inquire about whether indeed you are even eligible.  They'll ask for your social security number and be able to check that immediately, and let you know.  It's likely you are...but calling them will cause them to open a local file on you -- this is a good thing. Very often the local folks are more open to your application than some bureaucrat "somewhere in cyberspace". They talk with you, lay eyes on you (if you can go in, that's even better), they're more sympathetic.

Make sure your doctor(s) knows you're applying. He'll be asked for his "opinion", and your records.  If you have more than one doctor, let all of them know.  Be prepared to dig around for all the medical records you can get to, going back as far as you can.

As you fill out the form, don't lie...but don't gloss over stuff, either! I tell people, "think of your worst day(s), and fill out the form, reflecting that."  We all-too-often tend to say, "Oh, it's not so bad!!!" when we're barely able to move!  Don't do that!

If you should get denied, don't despair!  Then would be the time to hire an attorney to work with you through the appeals process.  Wait -- hiring an attorney is not so very awful!  So long as you "shop" carefully and get one that is designated a disabilities attorney --and ask, and get confirmation -- they are required by law to not charge you more than a percentage of your first check...and nothing, if they are not able to get you approved.  So if you are denied at first go-round, hire the attorney. Chances are much better that they'll get you approved than if you try to appeal on your own.

Don't be alarmed if they ask you to see "their" doctor...or even "their" psychiatrist or psychologist.  The exam will be probably inconvenient -- they'll schedule a time and place without consulting you, and it often turns out to be far away and at a very inopportune time...but you must go. If you don't, they'll deny your application without further ado.

The visit is usually cursory, brief, and not terribly revealing...but part of the bureaucratic process.

Good luck! Be patient. You'll encounter all sorts of bureaucratic snags along the way, but persevere.

 


...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


pokey79
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 144
   Posted 3/13/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
When I applied for ssdi I went to my local social security office and they saw how I was.If you are over the age of 30 you stand a better chance..My drs were in agreement plus i had a physical therapist at the time who had to fill out papers too.I had to see one of their drs.Plus I signed something that they could contact my employer they didnt want me so that didnt hurt either..My process moved along really quick I got it fast..I left my job on my own terms in may went through the process i had my first check for august..Not all cases move like that but like I said it went fast...Good Luck to you hope you get it!!!If at first you dont succeed keep trying...You payed into that long as you have enough quarters .....And like uppity said fill out everything and another truthful answer is on a good day I can but they rnt always good..Which we all know is the truth..I wish you the best I really do..pokey79
diaganosed 1983
avonex once weekly
steroid infusion every three months for three days
mycoline three times a day
fosamax once a week
bladder meds. daily
calcium/multivitiams
synthyroid
 
 


Motown John
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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 475
   Posted 3/18/2008 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Tuesday p.m.
 
Hey Uppity:
 
Interesting...SSDI specialest, eh?
 
Just curious....did  you work for govt' agency?  An SSDI attorney?
 
Just curious.  I was approved for SSDI @4 years ago--ON MY FIRST APPLICATION!!!
 
And did it all on my own.  Awfully, awfully rare they tell me.
 
John

uppitycats
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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 2135
   Posted 3/18/2008 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Motown John said...
Tuesday p.m.
 
Hey Uppity:
 
Interesting...SSDI specialest, eh?
 
Just curious....did  you work for govt' agency?  An SSDI attorney?
 
Just curious.  I was approved for SSDI @4 years ago--ON MY FIRST APPLICATION!!!
 
And did it all on my own.  Awfully, awfully rare they tell me.
 
John
Hi, John.
 
No, I didn't work for a government agency, nor am I an SSDI attorney (or any other kind of attorney), nor even a SSDI "specialist". I DID work for a non-profit agency who found advocates to help people with developmental disabilities (primarily mental retardation) and mental illness, and had to know a lot about this so as to help the advocates get their clients on either SSI or SSDI.
 
I, too, was approved for SSDI on my first application...but that was maybe 18 years ago.  I'm told that about 60% of people will get it on their first application now-- but that leaves a LOT of folks who don't.  And a lot of those denials are based on (in my estimation) foolish things -- "blanks" left on the form, a missing document, an answer that isn't clear (but no one asks for clarification), that sort of thing.
 
So I try to walk people through, highlighting those things that I know can cause problems, then hope for the best!
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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