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#1 Sam

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 02:33 AM

I got the letter yesterday morning. It says that my condition is not severe enough to be on disability. There is more but long story short I was Denied. :angry: I am so tired of this but I will continue to go on with it as I have been since 2003.

I have been looking for jobs but no one has even called me for an interview. I have gone to school for medical billing and coding and right now no one is hiring for that. I have gone to fast food places, dr. offices, retail stores and other places too. Nothing.. :angry: :angry: Right now everyone is having a hard time finding a job. So what do I do. I guess we will have to sell my home. There isnt anything that sounds promising.

Well I thought I would share this with you. Take care, Sam
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Posted 20 July 2008 - 04:00 AM

Sam,

Sorry to hear you were denied. Have you tried an attorney? I see ads on TV for lawyers that will fight for your case if you've been denied for disability. Not sure how the commission works but maybe it's worth a shot?

Also, I have hear that some medical/billing coder jobs where you can work from home, so maybe you can look into that.

Again, sorry about the denial. You must not let the stress aggravate your condition.

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 05:17 AM

I am so sorry you got turned down. I can only imagine what a disappointment it is. I would just say that with the disease of Scleroderma that you appeal it. I was told that it is one of the diseases that should be given "compassionate allowances" and should be approved. I really think that if you appeal that it will get over-turned and you will be approved. Keep on fighting and don't give up. Go and see an appeal lawyer that handles social security disability right away.

Warm hugs to you,

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 06:16 AM

Sam,

I'm sorry to hear tht you are having so much difficulty getting approved. My mother in law had trouble getting approved for disability. She had seizures that no one could explain and the doctors weren't able to control them very well as a result. She eventually was "displaced" from her employer just a year or so before she would have qualified for retirement benefits.

Anyway, she obtained a lawyer and they were able to get her through the approval process. They are attorneys so they have their standard fees and I believe hers recieved 33% of her lump sum payment. While I think that's quite much, she was grateful to receive benefits. It may be worth looking into.
I may have Scleroderma, but Scleroderma doesn't have me!

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 07:16 AM

Sam,
I am so sorry that you were denied. I too think you should appeal and look into a lawyer that specializes in that.
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Posted 20 July 2008 - 09:37 AM

Sam:

Sorry to hear of the veto again. Have you seen the revised 20 CFR Part 404 Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating
Immune System Disorders; Final rule? Maybe SSD needs to get with the program, because it virtually guarantees your approval. PM me for my email address and I'll forward the ruling to you.

Linda
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Posted 20 July 2008 - 09:52 AM

Me too Sam, I'm also sorry to hear you were denied. I'm on the appeal train and also think you should look into getting a lawyer to help you....hope that's something you can do?
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 11:47 AM

Yes I have a attorney I have had one since 2004 or 2005. I really dont know what to do maybe give up.
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Posted 20 July 2008 - 03:45 PM

Sam:

Never give up..........please. Try again. Nan had sent me the revised ruling and I think it helped tremendously. It doesn't cost to keep trying. Keep on their back, keep the paperwork flowing. It's difficult and very draining, but you deserve the support. It may be that so much time has passed, that they're thinking of the retro they owe you. You will get the disability, if you keep trying.
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Posted 21 July 2008 - 01:20 AM

Sam,
What does your attorney say? Maybe it is time for a new one? Sclero is one of the 6 listed diseases entitled to disability by social security. However, even so, SSDI is denying claims depending on what part of the US you live in. For example, if you are in New England, you can expect a flat denial until you reach the appeal process. A lot depends on how your doctors complete the paperwork for SSDI. I know it is very frustrating -- I still am going through the appeals process and it has been about 18 months -- but my application is in New England, so even the attorney is baffled as he was expecting the appeals to only take 6 months. Good Luck. Gidget

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 01:48 AM

Sam,
I would probably start looking for a new attorney. You have been fighting this for a long time with no positive outcome. Is your current attorney giving you any bit of advice that might help?

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#12 Sam

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 07:53 AM

my parents think I should get another one too. I have no clue what to do. I did contact my congress people to see if they could help and I havent heard anything. Maybe I will contact them again. Thanks for all your suggestions. Sam
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Posted 21 July 2008 - 09:16 AM

Oh Sam, no!!



Hon, I am so sorry. I can only imagine how frustrating and disappointing this is for you. I REALLY think you need to get a different attorney. One that will be aggressive with this and stop slacking off! Don't give up, that is what they are hoping you'll do, you fight, fight, fight!
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Posted 21 July 2008 - 09:49 AM

Sam ~ I too was turned down, actually three times. And then I got an attorney, but since you have one already, that surprises me. I know they will go back to when you first applied (when you do get approved) so maybe that has something to do with it. Maybe the attorney wants a larger lump sum so that his take is greater. Who knows. I would find a new attorney also. I do hope this present attorney has not charged you anything. Mine didn't take anything until I was approved. And I too think 33% is high ~ look around and ask questions.
And definitely get that ruling that Nan has , the more you know this less the chance that you are taken advantage of. We really need to advocate for ourselves, we need to educate ourselves and be assertive with these lawyers.
Hang in there Sam, it will come through. I willkeep you in my thoughts, and try to do everything before you sell your house. You really shouldn't have to do that. Hace you tried to write your Congressman and/or Representative for help? I found that (a phone call followed by a letter) can work wonders, can't hurt anything that's for sure.
My thoughts are with you,
Much love,
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Posted 21 July 2008 - 10:09 AM

Hi Sam - I agree with the others about looking for a new attorney. I have one suggestion. It's what helped me locate my attorney and had no trouble getting approved. I located a meeting in my area and they were very helpful in getting me the name of a fantastic attorney. Just a thought. Keep up the fight! -Ann

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 01:06 PM

I'm with the others on this too Sam...I hope you find not just another attorney, but a great one!! I wish you good luck, don't give in...just think of them as a slight nuisance for now but keep tackling them head on! I'm sure you'll win in the end!
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 04:54 AM

Well I'm thinking that one of my doctors rheumatologist isnt sending stuff in I think I have to check on that, But they feel I am not severe enough to get it. I know my doctor (family said he will help as much as he can.) I am not giving up sometimes I feel like it though. To look at me you would never know. Maybe that is the problem. My lawery isnt slacking off . He is good what he does and he knows the ssd inside and out plus his father was a ssd judge. I just recieved more paper work today to do the reconsideration. I am letting my congress people know and hopefully they can help. I know all the stuff that is ssd approval needs. But if I am not severe enough for them they won't give it to me. So we will see. Thanks for everything . Sam
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Posted 23 July 2008 - 04:59 AM

Sam I was turned down from March 2004 until January 2006. All of my appeals were turned down until I got the hearing in front of an administrative law judge. IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that your lawyer is an expert on social security disability. Mine was She was also well learned in medicine. She knew just what the judges needed to see and hear. We met the day before my hearing for her to coach me on how to dress, act, etc. Here in the state of Virginia, if the lawyer wins for you the lawyer gets 25% of your back pay, but there' s a limit of around 5,000 or so, I think. If you have minor children, once you are approved, go IMMEDIATELY to your social security office and get them registered for benefits, they are entitled to . It is to cover their cost of living, and thier needs...like feeding them..clothing them...school supplies...their share of home utility bills, rent/mortgage, etc. They remain eligible until they turn 18 or until they graduate High school. KEEP FIGHTING!!!!!!!!!!
Peace :)
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Posted 23 July 2008 - 05:55 AM

Sam,
You're denial letter will say what the denial was based on. I think the SSDI letter t will say the denial is based on doctor's reports from "Dr. so and so". If your rheumatologist is not the doctor 'causing the denial, then it may be your general practitioner or another doctor. In any event, Sclero is one of the 6 listed diseases for SSDI. As such, your attorney should give you guidance as to what is the problem with your file or it it is just a case of working through the paperwork of denials to get to an administrative hearing. Good Luck. Gidget

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 01:38 PM

Hi Sam,
I looked up disability not too long ago to see if I'd qualify. There was a list of diseases which automatically qualified one for disability payments and scleroderma was one of them. If you have the diagnosis, you should be able to get the help.
I didn't apply because I decided that, with all the trouble so many of you have to go through, it wouldn't be worth it to me because I was about to turn 65 and be eligible for Medicare anyway.
Something is wrong somewhere! Either your doctors or your lawyer is dropping the ball!

Mary in Texas