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#1 Sam

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Posted 16 May 2007 - 08:19 AM

is coming up in June , so please keep your fingers crossed and be thinking of me. I just hope I will get an answer that day. Wish me luck, please. Sam
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Posted 16 May 2007 - 08:30 AM

Good vibes will be coming your way.
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Posted 16 May 2007 - 08:37 AM

Oh Sam goodie!!!

FINALLY. Keep us posted.
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Posted 16 May 2007 - 09:53 AM

sam I'm so glad you finally heard something. my heartfelt thoughts are with you.
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Posted 17 May 2007 - 04:12 AM

I will keep you in my thoughts!! I wish you luck!! I know what it's like, I had to battle for almost 3 years!! Is this your first hearing?, Oh and it is Social Security Disability, right? You said this is your 2nd? I only had one, but it took from October til Feb to get an answer. Please let us know how it goes!!!!!! You are in my thoughts :)
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Posted 18 May 2007 - 01:25 AM

Hey Sam. Good luck with this! I was turned down a couple months ago so I understand how important this part is. I will be thinking of you. Please let us know what happenes.

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 01:43 AM

Sam,
What is wrong with your local office??? You have been dragged around and around and around.... Hopefully this is the end of the road and they give you a big, fat, YES!!!!!

Please keep us posted!

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 01:59 AM

Sam,
I was wondering what the second hearing is all about. Did your social security branch need more documentation?
June is just around the corner!
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 02:49 AM

It doesn't have anything to do with my local social security office, Its the judge needing more pfoof that I should get on disability. Yes I hope this is it too. thanks, Sam
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 03:45 AM

I was also turned down after my first time in front of the judge. I had my lawyer write a letter to appeal the decision (against her advice). When I got my second chance with the judge I (again without the lawyer) went to my rheumatologist and asked him to write a letter for me to take to the judge. Needless to say, my lawyer was not very helpful at all so I was pretty much on my own. My letter from the dr stated that I was permanently disabled, would not get better, and as an "attempt to give me a little quality of life, he had placed me on methotrexate and pain pills". That letter that I reqested myself, paid for myself and gave to the judge myself in the meeting is what got me my disability. Maybe something like that would help you out. Good Luck!!!! Don't go in there nervous, go in there determined to get what you need and deserve!

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 04:21 AM

I was lucky at my first hearing. The judge that was hearing my case had done quite a bit of research on CREST and scleroderma before the hearing and that helped alot. He knew how this disease has a wide range of complications and involvement. I also had a great lawyer. I obtained my lawyer after I was turned down on the first application. I was turned down however many times it takes before you get to the judge and hearing part. One point my lawyer forcefully made was how fatigued the meds make me how the pain is pretty much constant and how having a chronic disease like this is causing my depression. She also met with me before the hearing to discuss how to dress, act and what to expect. But, like the others said, keep pushing for it, you deserve it.
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 04:30 AM

Sam~ Best of wishes for your hearing in June.

Barb~ I think that your story is very encouraging. It sounds like a long struggle, but you continued to fight for what you needed, and succeeded. That gives hope to the rest of us who might be going through the same process.
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 04:56 AM

It was a long struggle...from feb 04 to feb 06. My hearing was in Oct 05, but I didn't receive notice until Feb 05 and I got my first check in april 05. When you are awarded benefits, they have to back pay you. In a perfect world, you're not eligible for benefits until you have been out of work for 6 months. I also have a m inor child and she also receives benefits ( the check comes to me and it is for helping with her expenses ie food, shelter,clothes, car, college, etc). So my first check was for Sept 04 thru March 05 and the same for my daughter. Now they automatically withold the lawyers fees and pay them directly and they don't pay you interest on the back pay!! Let us owe the goverment money and you bet your sweet bippy we have to pay interest, AND penalty!! :blink: Once you have been disabled for 2 years, you are eligible for Medicare and that's another nightmare on it's own. I am also fortunate that I worked in a physician's office as an insurance clerk ( and everythign else) for over 20 years, so I understand all the insurance mumbo jumbo. There's a support website that's really helpful, but for the life of me, I can't remember it <_< I will try to find it and if I do I'll let ya know!
Peace :)
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