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#1 Kamlesh

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 11:10 AM

Dear Friends,

I was approved by private long term disability and they are asking me file for SSDI, so their payment will go down.

I understand there is significant discussion on Social Security Disability on the board. I plan to apply for SSDI in couple of days. I have over 1000 pages of medical records.

  1. I plan file it online – Anything to watch out for?
  2. Do I have to mail all medical records? How many years’ records they need?
  3. Any guidance is very well appreciated.

Thank you


Kind regards,

Kamlesh


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Posted 03 August 2013 - 09:04 AM

Hi Kamlesh,

 

Being in the UK, I'm afraid I can't help you with your questions, but I have included a link to our page on Disability Benefits and also to some previous Disability Benefit threads here and here which I hope you'll find helpful.

 

Sorry not to be able to give you more precise information to your questions, but we do have other members whom I hope will be able to give you more first hand advice.

 

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 04:37 PM

Dear Kamlesh,

 

On my initial application I did not mail any medical records that I remember. I had to fill out the form by hand as that was in 2004. It was very difficult for me as I could hardly hold the pen to write. In it I wrote how hard it was to even fill out the form. I was extremely honest about how difficult it was for me to function. I remember writing things like "I have to stop now, this is too difficult." I thought I had saved a copy of my initial application but can't find it anywhere. I would advise to you make a copy and save it for your records. 

 

Again, my situation was different as I had End Stage Renal Disease and I qualified right away. 

 

I wish you the best of luck with this and an immediate qualification.

 

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#4 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 04:00 PM

Hi Kamlesh,

 

I may be wrong -- I often am! -- but I think they will probably ask for the contact info for all the doctors you have seen for the past two years, and then they will request the records directly from them.

 

But, this is the weekend already and you have probably had a chance to peruse the form already.  Please tell us, what did you encounter?

 

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 09:08 PM

Dear Friends,

I started filing for SSDI online today and it took 2 hours to complete. At the end I was able to print out summary and a form, which I can attach to medical records I wanted to send and mail it to local social security office. The online application offered me an option to enter all hospitalizations, but it did not ask any doctors’ names. It asked for all healthcare conditions and I had plenty to list, over ten.  I will send out some of the most important records within couple of days.

 

Hi MiOcean.

I am not surprised, it took you hours entering data by hand. It is not an easy form, it requires marriage date, birthdates of kids, all your jobs in last fifteen years, all your disabling conditions, hospitalizations, etc.

 

Hi Shelley,

Thank you. I am planning to send them list of doctors, and medicines, as well as records from my Pain management doctor, Neurologist, Rheumatologist, etc for last one year and let them collect more records, if they need directly.

 

Thank you for all suggestions.


Kind regards,

Kamlesh


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:08 PM

Hi Kamlesh,

 

Thanks for letting us know what the online filing is like. 

 

It also might not hurt to include a printout showing that systemic scleroderma is eligible for compassionate review, and to emphasize that in a cover letter.  Anything you can do to make their job easier and to get your claim reviewed as fast as possible.

 

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:59 PM

SSDI agency has become efficient. Within a day, today morning, I got call from them stating what else they need. I plan to drop off everything at nearby office.

Thank you


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Kamlesh


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 04:23 PM

Kamlesh,

 

That was Fast!! Can you let us know the other things they requested?

 

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:09 PM

They asked for my passport to verify my citizenship, my short term and long term disability insurance by MetLife, and my medical documents.


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Posted 07 August 2013 - 09:51 AM

Hi, Kamlesh - glad everything is working so well. It is great you have a local office to deal with.  I had to do everything remotely through the US Embassy in London.  I couldn't even do it online.  It is also good you have that much information and that you have already been approved privately (though they specifically say in their documentation that being approved by another agency is no guarantee you will be approved for SSDI.)  I wish you all the luck in the world on a speedy approval process.   :)


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