Posted 07 November 2007 - 02:11 PM
It doesn't seem that this fatigue that I have is leaving me much choice and I know that if I were to have this monkey off my back knowing that a check was coming may help.
Thanks in advance for any advice or help.
Posted 07 November 2007 - 06:22 PM
I'm presently on temporary disability, but have been researching the possibilities of permanent disability.
If you get on the State of NJ website, which is where I'm from, they have a listing of categories for disability. Auto immune disease is one. The hitch, is that you have to have two major disabilities under your illness due to that autoimmune condition which limit you for any type of work.
I'm sure hiring a lawyer would lessen the possibilities of being turned down, but remember that from the time the paperwork is filed and any decision is made is generally eight months (and that's without a lawyer). So, if you have any compulsion to file, do it now if you plan on not being able to work in the near future.
It is what it is...........
Posted 07 November 2007 - 06:46 PM
I realize that this was kind of a longy, so I do apologize. Good luck to anyone out there who is going through this process, stay positive!!
Good luck to you Peggy, I do hope you start feeling better. Take care.
Posted 07 November 2007 - 07:29 PM
I started disability. It can take a while to go thru so it's always a good idea to start it before you're in dyer need. I was told it would take me a minimum of 6 months after the tons and tons of paperwork. Right now I'm on my work disability - I always recommend that people look into their employer to see if they offer disability or FMLA to help ease the transition of disability. It also may take up to 2 years to get Medicare, so hopefully you have something to get you through that. I have my husband's insurance and Cobra.
As far as a lawyer goes... well it's up to you. If you have PH you can contact ACCESS and they may provide a free lawyer. I did mine without a lawyer, but not without help.
SSD List of Impairments may give you a good idea of what the govt. considers a disability. Just remember they also consider a combination of symptoms.
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Posted 08 November 2007 - 06:16 AM
Posted 08 November 2007 - 07:28 AM
As soon as I was diagnosed withSclero, etc, my dr wanted me to quit working and go on disability. She did ALL of the paperwork as soon as I digested the fact I was really not going to get better. Anything I was to do, I did... some paperwork, and the phone interview. I didn't even have to have the physical that's usually required. When the phone interview was over, the interviewer told me it could take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. For some reason unknown to me, the first check was in the bank, along with the prorated check... in two weeks.
Maybe your dr would help you with the medical paperwork?
I really think it's a shame when there are those who physically cannot work anymore... yet cannot qualify for disability.
(BTW, I'm on permanent disability. My dr TOLD me I absolutley will not EVER be able to work again).
I wish you the best of luck with getting disability.
Posted 08 November 2007 - 10:38 PM
I filed right after I was officially diagnosed in June of 04, was denied in November and appealed. Took til May of 2005 and then I was approved. Make sure your doctor is on board and keeping extensive notes. Also when you fill out the paperwork, they really do not give you enough room to explain what is going on. So add some note paper. I typed out my responses and ended up with 4 pages typed. That was on my appeal that I did that. So start that way. Keep good notes on what is happening with you and how this stupid disease affects every part of your daily life. Get down to the nitty gritty so they have no choice but to understand. BTW, I did not use a lawyer, but would have if my appeal had been denied.
Good luck and warm hugs.
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Posted 12 November 2007 - 03:12 AM
I applied for disability and had to fight for it. Two appeals and then a lawyer. My case was set to go to courtbut the judge looked at my case and approved it without even seeing me. I was so excited. I just received a letter two months ago letting me know my case was up for review. They asked me to fill out a questionaire and return it. Once I filled it out with all of my new excitement that has happened over the past few years, I recieved a latter back last week that said there is no reason to contact my doctor and undergo a formal review and my benefits will continue as usual.
It might be a fight, but it is worth it. From the time I filed to the time I was approved it was about a year. Each case and state can vary.
Bunny, I think the only thing that would matter is if you didn't have any type of health insurance during that time. If you didn't then your claims could be paid by medicare. You will probably receive a retro active payment check as well. That could be very nice!
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Posted 12 November 2007 - 06:46 AM