Social Security Disability

Char - 14852
By Char - 14852 Latest Reply 2015-02-23 19:31:29 -0600
Started 2009-04-15 17:15:35 -0500

Does anyone have experience with SSD? I am interested in hearing about experiences and odther helpful info..thanks!


41 replies

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-23 19:31:29 -0600 Report

I just got a letter saying I was denied, I just reapplied, and I expect that it will go through this time. I was told that they usually deny the 1st time. I am praying that it works this time,

rbergman
rbergman 2009-05-12 13:01:06 -0500 Report

My doctor suggested I apply for it, but when I read the qualifications I think more along the lines of SSI not SSD. However, I'm still fairly active and do a lot around the ranch and farm here so I feel like maybe if I did apply I would be cheating someone more needy out of getting it. I realize there is a difference between SSI and SSD, so maybe I'm wrong about cheating someone else. I don't consider myself disabled however here I set my own pace to do what needs to be done, if I had to work in an environment where someone else made the rules and such I really don't know if I could do that sort of work all day every day or even 5 days straight. I did a little reading on the internet about the 2 forms of SS and the Disability one just doesn't fit me at all even though that is what the doctor said I should apply for, I'm thinking now maybe she meant the SSI but, I haven't filed for that either, maybe I should look into that a little deeper and figure out if it's what I need to apply for.

Saphire
Saphire 2009-05-12 01:51:04 -0500 Report

I just got denied my first time and in the letter they sent they said that I could sit and stand for six hours at a time. They also said that I could lift 50 pounds occasionaly and 25 pounds frequently. Well with my lower back left hip, left knee, left lower leg and left foot pain I can barely go out and run errands for an hour and when I get home I am in so much pain it's not funny. I also have severe wrist pain and I can barely hold on to anything before it falls out of my hands. My diabetes is out of control and they told me that I was under control.

I am in the process of apealing the decission and I am looking for a lawyer so that I can get my disablity. I wish that it was easier to get ssd.

Sarguillo
Sarguillo 2009-05-12 12:32:35 -0500 Report

get a good lawyer as soon as is possible. Got to two doctors that you and your lawyer choose and challange the ruling by the other doctor. Good luck.

Aryana
Aryana 2009-05-10 03:51:38 -0500 Report

I was told I wouldn't be able to work in 1990, so I applied for SSI back then. I lived in FL when I did it. I was turned down, and I didn't worry about it to much. Life went on, I went ahead and stay in therapy *I have Bi Polar* Well back in 2000 to shut everyone up, I applied for it again. I filled out the paper work Had everyone who was nagging me fill out what I was sent *I had to have three people fill out papers on my disability* I sent it in and forgot about it,

Well a few weeks later, I got a check in the mail,. I called the SS office and asked what it was. She told me it wasn't SSI but according to my records it looked like I would get it, and that they had 6 months to decide. I asked her if I had to pay back the money they were going to send me, and she said no. During that time I also got medicaid I lived in GA at the time. Well five months later, I got a later and a back check for 1950.00 and have been on disability since. I have moved to Ind and back to GA and where I am now. My SSI has followed me each time. The only thing is, I have to register with the state in order for my medical to transfer over.

I have been told I was lucky to get it the second time as easy as I did for a few reasons. One cause even though I had went to a DR all those yrs, I didn't go the whole time, two my age, I was in my early 30's.. My work history sucked I will say that, I never worked long, and I had, had many jobs over the yrs cause each time I got one, I would either go into a high, or a low and I would quit.

When I did get it, one of my nurses told me how to *Keep* it as long as I never got married. Since mine is based on need not on my work history. So before I got married I knew how to keep it, now they are talking about taking it away cause hubby makes to much money.. Which is going to suck cause now I have more health problems and I really need the medical. I could care less about the money I just want to keep the medical.

Good luck.

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2009-05-11 23:47:43 -0500 Report

Hi!
I was on SSI until my husband received disability. It is barely enough to get through each month. When I received a letter telling me I would no longer receive my SSI. I felt so bad because I wanted to feel like I was helping us out. I never worked so I can't get disability. I had polio when I was 18mths old. So have been disabled since early chilodhood. It's like they are punishing a person who never worked. I was blessed to be able to keep insurance from the state of Oregon. I hope all turns out in the favor.
Your Friend
JoAnna

PAT L
PAT L 2009-05-09 12:41:02 -0500 Report

TO GET ON SSD YOU NEED 2 DOCS TO WRITE LETTERS TO SAY THAT YOU CAN NOT WORK ANYMORE. THEN YOU GO APP TO SSI THEN IF THEY SAY NO, THEN GET A SSD LAWYER, IF YOU GET APPROVED THEN YOU WILL START IN 6 MONTHS WITH BACK PAY AN MEDICARE. FROM THE DATE THAT YOU PUT IN FOR IT. MY KID HAS FIBERMYALIGY AN IT TOOK 3 YEARS TO GET IT APPROVED.BUT SHE GOT ABOUT 30,OOO AFTER THE LAWYER GOT HIS CUT. LIKE I SAID YOU NEED 2 LETTER FROM YOUR DOC STATEING THAT YOU ARE DISABLED, WITH ONLY ONE THEY WILL SEND YOU TO ONE OF THEIR DOCS TO MAKE SURE AN THAT WILL TAKE FOR EVER. I GOT MINE BACK IN 2000 AN MY KID GOT HERS IN 2004, HOPE THIS HELP YOU…

rascal37055
rascal37055 2009-05-09 12:10:01 -0500 Report

i am on ssi they would not put me on ssd because of my age. but it took me 4 years to get on mine i got denied 3 times then finaly got a lawyer. but i live in tn so they say it takes longer here because they don't have many people working in the office's here

alwaystryin
alwaystryin 2009-05-06 11:25:58 -0500 Report

Please explain this?

My Wife went to the DR SSI assigned, to help 'determine' her 'disabled' status. ALL OVER her SSI paperwork is the fact she has D. This DR did NOT even check her BGL! What a joke!

dj7110
dj7110 2009-05-07 08:43:34 -0500 Report

this is because the social security drs aren't there to treat you but just determine your eligability for dissability. diabetis is not considered a reason for dissability. as many people with diabetis work. It's only the complications brought about by diabetis that are considered to be disableing. such as blindness, stoke, severe neuropathy etc.

Sarguillo
Sarguillo 2009-05-07 13:30:09 -0500 Report

Kinda like that old saying, "People dont die from Diabetes, they die from complications brought on by Diabetes".
But what kind of doctor is it that doesnt look at the person as a whole?
Not the kind I would ever want to see!

alwaystryin
alwaystryin 2009-04-20 18:41:07 -0500 Report

While going thru files to file a new Application, I found a letter from State Medi-cal saying they forwarded my Wifes latest App to SSI, The letter was dated mid Feb. and so I called and was told they will be sending her to their DR, again. Of course I found this AFTER I filled out a new on at SSI online!

magaly
magaly 2009-04-20 22:38:55 -0500 Report

It took me a while to. I was turned down once then i got a lawyer find a lawyer that says you don't have to pay unless he wins the case for you. Also get documents from your doctors and have them make a lot of test on you of eveything. you might also try to get a referal to a sychologist. thay can help you a lot. Good luck and i hope every thing goes well for all of you i'll be praying.

alwaystryin
alwaystryin 2009-04-20 16:20:48 -0500 Report

My many thanks to all your input on this matter. Not to judge by any means, but I almost see a pattern (many actually) that Mental problems get you approved quicker. That is somewhat ironic to me considering the misconception by many that Mental problems are not physical.

But all the great post's prompted me to apply, again, for my wife, especiall given her last ER visit, and her DR putting her on an Anti-depressant.

dj7110
dj7110 2009-04-19 10:38:04 -0500 Report

it took me about 3 1/2 years to get mine. Was denied first time on aplication. Was found in my favor at first court hearing on appeal. than reversed on social securtity apeal board. so back in court again and found in my favor than also. than finally started getting my benefits. best advice I can give anyone trying to get it is never give up.

lonewolf - 35747
lonewolf - 35747 2009-04-19 13:52:48 -0500 Report

Been turned down waiting an appeal, told could take 2 years. Wonder how many die waiting. should be a law against waitin

RainbowBear - 37090
RainbowBear - 37090 2009-04-19 14:54:18 -0500 Report

It took me 5 yrs to get it. I was turned down 3 times on paper. Was turned down once in a hearing. They didn't fully read certain imprtant parts in my medical history. Then I went to one of their doctor's and one of their psychologists and took the MMPI test. The second hearing after an interview in my lawyers office, he dropped going for the physical aspect and went with the menal health. Hearing lasted less than 20 mins. Then started getting my benefits, SSDI. Don't give up and get a good lawyer who's specialty is SS claims.

BeckyJ
BeckyJ 2009-04-18 20:09:14 -0500 Report

I've been turned down twice and am now awaiting a hearing with a judge. I do have a lawyer though that doesn't seem to help much. I've had both my doc's tell me to be patient but like you I got the bum rush from the determenation board. While I can't do the work I did before I should be able to find some type of work…yada, yada, yada. I have both physical and mental issues that are so erratic I just can't hold a job anymore. The last interview I went to was awful. I felt I was doing well but when they looked closer at my resume to go over my experience they asked about the gaps in employment. Well I was stupidly honest and told them that they were due to hospitilizations. I was inofrmed that I was just not dependable and they couldn't hire me, this was for a part time job working 3hours a day! I cried all the way home and have had a rough time with it. Good luck on getting some help soon.

2catty
2catty 2009-04-18 20:45:31 -0500 Report

I know right. They don't take these things into consideration. If I was honest at an interview that would throw me out faster than I ever came in. I guess they want us to be overly honest with them and lie to employees. That way we get fired on the first day most likely. I have not spoke to my md about me getting on ssi but most dr's dont want to talk about it. If and when I get turned down the next time I will get Dale Buchanan he is a really great disability attorney.

lipsie
lipsie 2009-04-18 16:25:19 -0500 Report

I applied back in 2003 and got my disability in less than a year. I know in most cases I have heard they turn people down at first but I swear to you on everything I love I did not have to wait. Though, I was involved with a lot of sevices maybe that is why…I got mine my mental illness primararalily BUT also cuz of my Diabetic Neuropathy, I was having major time walking so yeah, i am telling some personal crap here but thats okay, I should hope you all won't judge me over it. Right?! Sheila

2catty
2catty 2009-04-18 19:02:52 -0500 Report

I know there is no way I could hold down a job with my medical and depression problems but they listed a long list of my problems and said even though you have all these you should be able to still find some type of work. That is almost laughable. I know people that abuses the system and rocked a baby doll just to get a check and it is a real shame that people like us has to fight and fight just to try to get what we deserve. If I could hold a job I would much rather work. It would give me something to do, but I have to many issues and stress causes my blood sugar to skyrocket too.

lipsie
lipsie 2009-04-18 19:04:54 -0500 Report

It's a darn shame you are right! I am sorry you are going thru all this thouogh. Good luck! *Hugs* Sheila

2catty
2catty 2009-04-18 19:08:21 -0500 Report

Thank you, hopefully I will get approved and get some back pay. That would help a lot. Right now we could really use it.

EvaBaby
EvaBaby 2009-04-19 07:30:29 -0500 Report

I applied almost 2 yrs ago and am still waiting. I have an attorney. I've been denied twice and it is at the final appeal stage waiting for a date for the review before the SSD Judge. I have BiPolar/Depression, Anxiety, Mild OCD, Major Sleep Disorders, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, Sciatica, 2 bulging discs in low back, 2 bulging discs in neck and I could go on. So…what do you guys think???

bigjrm45
bigjrm45 2009-04-19 10:12:06 -0500 Report

some times they just turn you down to try and get you to stop trying,but do not give up you should be able to get it soon,Iwish you luck and I hope you feel better soon your friend James

Brenda Kruse
Brenda Kruse 2009-04-17 15:01:29 -0500 Report

I, too, believe that everyone is turned dwn the first time. I finally received mine in 1992, when I was 42. I believe it took 2 appeals, a personal meeting with the SSD medical team, and of course a lawyer. I'm so thankful I receive the benefits as there's not a day that goes by that I could perform at a a job because of one of my conditions or another. Just keep trying. It will happen eventually. I'll be praying for you. Be patient! Blessings! Brenda

bigjrm45
bigjrm45 2009-04-16 14:18:34 -0500 Report

It took me three years to get mine but it took a lawyer to get it for me,my ex-wife got hers in two months after getting out of the hosp. for depression.All I can tell you is to keep trying use a lawyer if you have to ,you do not have to pay the lawyer he will get moneyif you win about one thrid I think but you could get back pay up to two years,and if your kids are under 18 they get money to it all helps out .

2catty
2catty 2009-04-16 15:32:42 -0500 Report

I myself am trying for SSI. I don't have a lot of work experience. Just education, but I have a lot of medical and depression and anxiety issues. I got my initial denial so I wrote back in for an appeal. Case review this time, I think next will be a lawyer for me.

Sarguillo
Sarguillo 2009-04-16 14:10:20 -0500 Report

I do beleive its their policy to turn eveyone down on the first try. Just keep trying. Sooner or later, most win if they have a good case. GOod luck.

dyanne
dyanne 2009-04-16 01:12:56 -0500 Report

Just dont give up I think thats what they hope for. I tried once on my own. One time with a lawyer … lost and 3rd time with lawyer we won. So it is not easy it takes some work but keep trying… good luck you will get it.
dyanne

MeiMei
MeiMei 2009-04-15 17:51:31 -0500 Report

It took me about 2 years to get mine. I tried on my own and was rejected 3 times. Finally got an attorney, in California they have lists of attorneys that do social security cases and require that the attorneys can only make a certain amount out of the settlement. I have been on disability since 2005 at the age of 56.

Char - 14852
Char - 14852 2009-04-15 17:58:42 -0500 Report

I know I have tried twice and been turned down!! I am thinking I should get an attorney!

MeiMei
MeiMei 2009-04-15 18:06:05 -0500 Report

That would be your best bet. Contact your local Social Security Office and get a list of local disability attorneys in your area. This list can be found at the Soc Sec office, and go from there. Depending on how much you get from SSD you may be eligible for SSI as well. Be sure to check that out as well.

lipsie
lipsie 2009-04-18 16:17:36 -0500 Report

OMG! You do not look that old!! You are beautiful for your age just so you know. *Hugs* Sheila

MeiMei
MeiMei 2009-04-19 11:11:23 -0500 Report

Thanks Sheila, that is an older pic. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the "doctor" visits I was scheduled for through Social Security. Yes, they had their own independent evaluators check me out, who said I was ok to work at some menial task. Just remember, if you can't work at the job you were educated for (for me it was certified nurse-midwife/nurse practitioner) then you are considered disabled. It does not mean that you can be retrained to do some menial task and make less money than you did before.

cyncyn
cyncyn 2009-04-15 17:42:09 -0500 Report

yes, it took me 10 years to get mine. the reason why it took so long, first bad attorney. second, my age, and then with new attorney, finally got it 4 years ago. depends on the state you live in.

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