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#1 kellyA

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 10:41 AM

this is all new to me, How many of you guys are on disability? Do you need to be pretty bad to get it, I have it in my hands and lungs and am currently receiving cytoxian treatments I have 2 left.

Thanks for all your support...

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 01:13 PM

Hi Kelly:

I've been out on temporary disability since October. My doctor who just performed my surgery said he felt I could definitely be considered for permanent disability based on my symptoms. I applied last week, and they are currently processing my claim. It takes 4-6 months for a decision. They may at first deny you, but you must try again or hire a lawyer to represent you. If you return to work between filing and decision time, your claim is void and you must begin the process again.

From what I've read, under the Sclero category of the state validations, I believe two conditions must be met and evidence provided that these symptoms caused one to not be able to perform their current duties or duties of another position.

Best advice, apply now because of the long wait for a decision. You can apply on-line. It's a lengthy application, so have all your information ready (doctors, addresses, phone numbers, dates of when disability interfered with work, etc.). They contacted me the day after my on line application. Here's the link to Disability and SSI.

Hope that helped a little. :)
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Posted 07 January 2008 - 07:09 AM

I also just applied for disability in December and did it online. Then they set me up with a telephone interview with a Social Security worker who was great. He then went over the application and got it ready to send it in to the State. He said due to what I have he was going to ask for my application to be sent in for expedited status so hopefully it will go through in 3 months instead of 6. I am reallly hoping it goes through the first time as I am not able to work at all and it would be nice to have that worry out of the way. I guess if they deny it and you appeal you usually always get it on the appeal but it takes a long time for that to go through too.

Hope this helps.

Warm hugs from Minnesota.

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 01:42 PM

i am on disability, but from private long term care insurance - which thank goodness I got for free when I joined my company in January of 2006 - they are a fantastic company to work for - they really care about their employees

..i would never at 33 have bought it......

the insurance pays two thirds of my old salary but they reduce it if I am eligible for ss....i was denied ss because I hadn't been working in the country long enough - I moved from england and had been working in the us for almost two years, so my private insurance pays my full two thirds of my salary

i have similar symptoms to you - hope you are coping........i went through temporary disability through work for six months at full pay - it was during this time that I applied for the private long term care insurance and their standards are pretty much the same - if you can do work of a similar nature to what you currently are doing or did then you won't qualify...if you are experincing anything with your lungs like I am, it will be painfully clear that you qualify.........

best of luck keep us updated....

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 06:18 PM

Hi Kelly,

I applied for SSDI in June of 2006. That application was met with a denial which I understand is pretty standard. At that point I got an attorney who only deals with SSDI. It was the best move I made. My appeal was denied. This is the second step of the process. The next step is a hearing before an SSDI judge. At this point my attorney sent in another letter with my medical records. That did the trick; I was approved in Nov. of 2007.

It helps if your doctors are behind you in this since your records are very important in supporting your decision to apply. Most people cannot navigate the system by themselves (although a very few can). That is why most hire an attorney at some point. I would recommend that if you decide to get one, be sure that he/she specializes in SSDI. Their fee is 25% of your award up to a certain amount (I can't remember that amount.)

HTH. Good Luck.

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 06:56 AM

HI,
I am on SSDI too. I applied, was denied, appealled, denied again, went to see a lawyer, received a court date, then received a letter that the judge approved it without seeing me! I was a bit of a process but worth it. Another thing you might try is to get a handicap parking tag. They are so helpful when it is really cold and you can't walk far. If you want more info, please feel free to email me!

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 07:38 AM

Brooklyn NY is an absolute disgrace as far as disability parking is concerned.....I can count on my hands the number of disability parking spots for curb side parking and I have been here 8 months...

Even shops with parking facilities hardly have a disabled spot - and if they do its like a max of 1 maybe two spots in their entire parking area....

Having lived in AZ, they are really accomodating to disabled people with their badges.....

To be fair, AZ has so much more space than snarled up Brooklyn, but still , we deserve better, whether or not we live in a built up city oir not...

Rant over!!

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 03:02 PM

Scleroderma is on the list of documented disablities that social security has - Most do not know that this list exists - I appiled in Feb 07 - was denied April 07 - submitted a letter or reconsiderationw/ all documentation and doctors letters -approved 12/07 - I asked the interviewer if she knew what sclero was and that is is on their list -she had no idea what I was talking about - Hang in there and do not give up ...

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Posted 13 January 2008 - 04:08 AM

Hi, JG07

You are right about scleroderma being one of the diseases/disorders on the Social Security Disability list. Getting approved, however, is not dependent on being on the list, but in proving that you meet the criteria of being unable to work because of your illness. There are time limits involved as well. You can follow the link on our page of Disability Resources for the Social Security Administration website to find out whether you may qualify. The person who takes your information may or may not know about the specifics involved. Someone else reviews the case once all the information has been collected from you and your various medical professionals.
Warm wishes,
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Posted 13 January 2008 - 06:54 AM

I also learned on line that there is a certain schedule that is adhered to. If you are over 50 with only a high school diploma, chances are you will be approved on the first shot. They feel over 50, HS diploma and ill, chances are slim you're going to be hired in the future.

If you are in your 20s or 30s with a college degree, chances are you will be denied. There are many more opportunities afforded younger, degree enhanced applicants in fields other than may affect your illness.
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Posted 13 January 2008 - 02:16 PM

Humm... if that's true, Tru then I must have very bad health. I'm in my 20's with a college degree and I was accepted for Federal Disability in my first try...

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Posted 13 January 2008 - 05:25 PM

I also think it depends on the person and/or judge who is looking at your file, the day of the week and what phase the moon it is.

Peanut, you had a good person looking at your stuff, it must have been a Friday since everyone just wants to hurry and go home and I'm sure it was a full moon!

Thank you lucky stars!

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Posted 13 January 2008 - 06:33 PM

Thanks Emmie,
I had a very kind and empathetic evaluator. He asked me to fax him some records my doctors were slow on... I called him back to verify he got them. He sounded bummed. I was worried that it was a sign I was going to get denied, but it was the opposite. He was sad that I wasn't getting better according to my tests. He told me that with all the records I sent him that he probably knew me better than I know myself... we ended up talking for 45 mins. Ironically, he was from my same home town.

A month later I was approved.

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 08:54 AM

I'm sure how a person is represented on paper (ie my rheumatologist filled out all of the papers necessary... she has been my dr since 1991). Also, how well-versed the review board doctors are with chronic illnesses plays a very important part.

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