I am already over 2 years into the Social Security Disability Game. Got turned down the 1st time as expected, that's a given. When through the entire Re-consideration process. After many months, I get a phone call saying that is is basically approved, 3 days later, from the same office in Baltimore, I get my 2nd rejection.
I now have a top notch attorney that does nothing but SS cases, she said there is no normal way to win without an attorney. They have been very aggressive on my case so far, and I am expecting a full settlement including 2 years of back pay, minus the attorney's cut.
For regular PC surgery and recover, no chance of any payment. I have had 8 surgeries, 2 months of radiation that went bad and now a Urostomy surgery, and with all that, it still has been a fight.
Also, even though it would make sense, SS will refuse to talk to your doctors, and when I demanded to be examine by their doctors, they turned down that request too. I am not some bum wanting a free ride, I have paid into the SS system every single year since 1968. It's a terrible system to fight. Don't do it without a lawyer from the start, that is the lesson I have learned.
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10