By KimmyLSch Latest Reply 2011-09-12 12:10:06 -0500
Started 2010-09-14 13:59:19 -0500

Does anyone else having troubles getting ssdi? I have been denied once and appealing. Need advice?

Tags: ssdi

17 replies

margokittycat 2011-09-12 12:10:06 -0500 Report

I have been denied as well four times the last time I got an attorney that specializes in SSI they have all kinds of them with commercials on tv. They are awsome, they do everything. They called me got all the information from me submitted it to SSI and call me with updates all the time.

realsis77 2011-09-12 11:49:26 -0500 Report

Yes! I am currently on SSI and if you have a number of conditions have your doctor fill out a letter stating that you can no longer work. Its been some time since I did this but I believe in the package of supporting paper work is a paper for doctors? If not have him make write the document to attach in your paperwork! Also your medical record is very important, have a consistant document that your currently and have been in the past treated for these conditions. They will also send you to THEIR own doctor to be eveluated. Make sure EVERY visit to your doctor and medication is documented correctly. Having your doctor support the fact that your disabled is very helpful! Usually the disiability is based on a number of conditions not just one. So make sure and have these conditions listed and supported in your medical record! Aslo make sure your doctor lists these conditions in his supporting documentations! You might also want to get a lawyer. One who works with no money up front. But even then,keep these tips in mind. Having support from your doctor is very important! If you don't mind me asking, what are your medical conditions? I understand if they are private, I was wondering so maybe I could help with ideas to help you with your claim. Basically the most important thing is haveing your doctor support your claim! God bless you and I hope things work out for you! I thank God every day for my SSI as I take 2,000 dollars of perscriptions every month and would not know what to do without it! As I can no longer work. If I can help in any way please feel free to friend request me and ask me any question. Remember documentation is extremely important along with your doctors support. Best wishes.

icudeejay 2011-09-11 19:07:06 -0500 Report

I was denied twice. Was told everyone is denied the first two times. The third time I was approved. My daughter has been denied twice now we are working on the third try. Good luck

robertoj 2011-09-11 17:53:12 -0500 Report

Most people get denied on the first try. My wife was denied twice. She did most of the work so I suggest that you shop for a lawyer carefully. I imagine that you could check Angie's List. Remember to make sure that you get all the documentation that you can.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-11 17:37:10 -0500 Report

I received my SSD within 2 months of applying online. Before starting my applications I got copies all all of my medical records available. MRI, cat scan, bone something test, ex-rays, discogram, nerve nebulization, workmans compensation reports. I had over 40 pages of reports in all. I copies these in triplicate. I made a list of all Drs. visited and when, many were approximate dates, and reason for the visit, this I kept handy while working on the application. Then I proceded to start my application, it took me almost 3 days to complete and send online. Before sending I made copies of the application. Then I sent copies of the application, copies of all medical and copies of my workmans compensation to Utah (regional SS office) and Lewiston, Idaho (local SS office) all by registered mail. Then I also hand delivered the same copies to the Lewiston office stating to them that I wanted to make sure they did not get lost in the mail or through the internet.
I know this sounds like overkill but it is not it is only covering your backside. I became a union shop steward while working for a university. One thing that was strongly empathized was leaving a huge paper trail with documentated proof.
My daughter was less fortunate she did not have the medical documentation and no funds to seek medical help. She applied online and was turned down. She reapplied and was turned down both times because of no medical proof that she had problems. She contacted an attorney specializing in SSD cases. It took a while but he was able to arrange for her to get medical documentation proving that she has sever back issues. The first check that she received included back pay from the day of her first application. For those of you who are denied the first time I too suggest an attorney specializing in SSD claims. Good luck.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-11 17:40:52 -0500 Report

I forgot to add repeat full explainations. The government loves to see things repeated over and over and over. Explain fully and more even when you are tired of answering the same question. Do not leave any blanks fill in with "Does not apply" or "Unknown" they hate blanks.

Abby888 2011-09-11 14:42:14 -0500 Report

I was also denied the first time I applied. I am in the process of appealing and my court date is October 13, 2011 where i have to go in front of a judge. I also have other medical problems including Fibromyalgia, Migraine Headaches, Addison's Disease, Diabetes, Major Depressive Disorder, etc. I had to get an advocate and they don't get money unless I win.

Debbiejf 2011-09-11 12:43:02 -0500 Report

There was an article I read about people applying for SSD and that the waiting time is now 3 years. First it depends on what your disability is, always it depends on why you are applying and second each and every case is different. There are attorneys who will help you and they are governed by the Federal govt on how much they get for every case. It is a set amount, period. Good luck and yes they only get paid if you win your SSD :), if you don't get it think about SSI as an alternative, I don't know the criteria for it though.

bicker68 2010-09-16 06:21:11 -0500 Report

Get yourself a good Attorney, that only gets paid if you win. But then when yoou win S.S. will pay them, except for if they needs copies of something etc. my attorney charged me $50.00 for the 5 years it took me to get my SSDI. Keep appealing if you get turned down right away. I've known people that have gotten there's first try. Best of luck to you.


GabbyPA 2010-09-14 20:25:04 -0500 Report

You will always get denied the first time. So what you do is immediately reapply and don't let time lapse. Chances are that you will get accepted the second time. If not, apply again without a time lapse. The reason you don't want time lapses is that when you do finally get it, you will get a first check that will be retro active back to your first application. So keep at it, don't give up and if you just can't deal with it, use an attorney.

Debbiejf 2011-09-11 12:46:57 -0500 Report

Anyone who is denied the first time should automatically get an attorney, they are only paid a certain amount set by the federal govt. This I know for fact :).

sc1boy 2010-09-14 17:23:19 -0500 Report

i agree it is crazy. I was denied once and got a lawyer and then I was in court the day after my son was born and had some stupid questions asked. I then had to wait 3 months and I then found out that I did recieve it.

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Jeannie Holmes 2010-09-14 16:51:42 -0500 Report

Isn't it rotten that we work all our lives and pay into SSI and then they make us fight to get some of it. And it seems that people who really don't need it get it with no problem! That's one of my soapboxes!! I'll shut up now!

RAYT721 2010-09-14 16:41:32 -0500 Report

It's unlikely that you'll only be denied once. That is pretty much standard procedure until a court hearing. I agree with alanbossman about the lawyer but don't be scared off. They will get paid by SSI. It doesn't come from you and the award, if and when given, will go back with pay to the filing date. It's a very long process. I know that here in Ohio the State Representatives have offices that work with Government SSI appeals and denials and may be able to rush your case to a court but realize how many filings, appeals and court hearings there are daily. You can't give up and that's what they are hoping for, I'm sorry to say. You should be able to find a qualified disability attorney that won't charge you except maybe at the end for postage or phone calls or whatever. Make sure you get whatever fees they will charge in writing. Lawyers are people too!!! Make sure your doctors go to bat for you with "permanent and total disability" and not offer restrictions because the vocational counselors will have a field day trying to find you some kind of work or training program that will meet their needs, not yours!

bicker68 2010-09-16 06:16:40 -0500 Report

Ray I also live in Ohio and it took me 5 years to get my SSDI with a Lawyer, I surley didn't get paid back to the day of filing I was ripped off. They payed me back 1 year from the day I had back surgery and had my Spinal Cord Stimulator put in, and that was only 1/5 of the reason I was filing.