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#1 Sam

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 05:17 AM

Well as you know I am still waiting. How long does it take an Judge to contact a doctor to get the information needed to help her make the decision. This is nuts It was bad enough of making me sit there for two hours because she wanted to go to her husband holiday party. Then we had the hearing and then she decides she doesn't have enough information to help her make the decision she should of had that done before the hearing. Then I didn't get home until 5:00 and had to think about cooking dinner lucky for me the kids called and asked us to come over for dinner. I think this is so ridicous if you ask me. I need to know what I am going have to do next. If I do have to find a job or what. If I get disability I will work part time but if not then I am going to have to work full time and I know for a fact that can't be done. This is my life that is in her hands. Ok enough of whinning its not for me. but it aggravting me. Thanks for listening and reading about my problems. Sam
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Posted 10 January 2007 - 05:20 AM

Hey Sam,

It truly is amazing to me that you haven't heard anything! I would be on the phone to my attorney daily, but then again I'm a bit ornery :P

The waiting must be killing you!

I'll be thinking positive thoughts for you! Please keep us posted.
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Posted 10 January 2007 - 08:16 AM

Dear Sam,
I was just thinking about you the other day, wondering how your case was going.
Good thoughts,

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 08:26 AM

Sam,
I was very fortunate when I tried to get disability retirement. I was denied once and appealed it. I had a state medical examiner examine me and I was granted disability. I considered that pretty easy and I still felt so STRESSED! I applied in November, 2004 and was granted disability in April 2005. I am so sorry to hear what you are going through. I sure do hope it will all work out for you. Different states must have different guidelines. Hang in there and I will be thinking of you.
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Posted 10 January 2007 - 10:05 AM

Sam,
Why is it that whenever a person is anxious for a result, the wait seems forever?!
I sure feel for you. I'm not familiar with going through a judge as you are... to obtain disability. In my case, my dr had been urging me to go on disability for 2 years before I did. When I asked her what I needed to do, she told me she would submit the papers to the state for me. Once she did that, I received a letter from the state, informing me that I would be contacted (by telephone) and I was given the date and time... for the phone interview. The interview lasted about 45 minutes and I was then told I would be hearing from them in 6 mos to a year and that a physical would be scheduled. In fact, there was no physical, due to my rheumatologist's report of my chronic illnesses, that would render me permanently disabled... unable to ever work again. Not only that... they dated my disability back a full year, paying me that amount, plus my first disability payment. The checks were sent exactly 6 weeks after my telephone interview.

As a matter of fact, I was told my case would be reviewed every 3-5 years... On my 8th year, I received a letter and form in the mail, informing me that I was up for review. So, I filled everything out that I could, sent the rest to my rheumatologist so she could fill out her information and that was that! Again, she let them know that my disabilities are permanent.
Sam, the folks that reviewed my case include medical doctors and I believe that they saw no compelling reason not to grant me disability.
I hope that you hear soon... as Sweet mentioned, maybe a call would be in order. I don't feel they're being considerate of your situation at all.

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 10:44 AM

Sam
I am sorry you have not heard yet. I know how terrible it is that you are made to wait.

My award was very strange. I filed all the paperwork. I got a letter saying I needed to be examined by a doctor. Then before I had the appointment, I received a phone call from SSDI saying a decision had been reached and I did not need to keep the appointment.

When I asked what the decision was I was told the person could not tell me on the phone. I would get a letter in the mail in a few days. Maddening.......Yes, I was approved on the initial try. I was very ill and depression was one of my diagnosis at the time. I have heard it helps to get approved on the first try.

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 10:56 AM

I was also told my case will be reviewed in 3 to 5 years. Eight years went by? WOW

I was awarded SSDI 11/2004.

My initial case from when I submitted paperwork to when I was awarded took about 8 weeks. My husband helped me by filling out the form online. Hubby took all the papers needed to SS office. I had tons of documentation from 3 Rheums, 3 surgeons, Psychiatrist and Therapist.

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 12:09 PM

I was told that almost all sclero pts. are quickly "okayed" due to the nature of the disease. Overall, after reading all the responses it seems like the process is going faster for disability. I have 2 friends who applied, one with bad asthma/emphysema although not always oxygen dependent and the other with serious depression issues. Both were granted within a short time. It always seems like whenever waiting for an outcome that time moves SO slow. I wish you good luck.
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Posted 10 January 2007 - 08:33 PM

It doesn't always go quickly, at least not in WA. I was denied twice, the second time I was examined by one of their doctors. Then I got an att. appealed again, had my hearing and was awarded disability right then and there. The most difficult part the third time was waiting for a court date, the judges are so backed up, I waited way over 6 months. Your disability usually goes back to the time when you first start the process, so mine went back three years. I got a chunk of change, my att. got some of it, not much though, and then my payments started right after that. I wasn't told about having any reviews though, there was a vocational person at the hearing also, and she said I would never be able to hold down a full-time job again. I don't know if the judge read all my paperwork or not, probably not, the folder was at least 4-5 inches thick, dating clear back to '85, the very first time I applied. My att. told me they make you wait, thinking you will either give up or die. That's why I always encourage people that are applying to never give up. Keep appealing, and the third time get an att who specializes in disability. They won't take a case unless they are pretty sure you will win, otherwise they don't get paid.
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Posted 11 January 2007 - 04:55 AM

Thanks everyone for your replies. Hopefully I will hear something soon. It will be a month on the 14th. And I beleive that is a sunday. So I know I won't hear anything on that day. Sam
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