Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 10/08/2011 - 14:28

I don't agree with the decision because,i've been diagnosed with all these conditions.I have had all these conditions since before i got out of the military.

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 16:21 Permalink

Sorry to hear that. Hopefully your denial will be overturned. If not, you can always go to an ALJ hearing! This where most disability applicants get approved anyway.

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:19 Permalink

My husband was denied for disability d/t not enough medical documentation. The letter stated he needed to see a medical professional every 30 days, so for the past year he has seen a physician every 30 days and also had surgery last December. The doctors are all confused as to why he hasn't already been on disability. Is it too late to appeal the decision or should he file a new claim altogether. He has more medical problems now than when he first filed.

Molly C (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:19 Permalink

I am sorry to hear about your unfavorable decision. Our page, "Filing a Request for Reconsideration" might be a helpful resource.

Ivy (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:20 Permalink

I name Ivy Chase have already recieved november and december check for ssdi then soon after i recieved a letter stating that i will recieve my check on january the 3rd again soon after that i recieved another letter about being determine again ive been diagnosed well over 17 years ago i just dont understand the situation at all but nevertheless i do hope and pray that i recieve my check on january the 3rd ,2013 because i have proof and faith that i will recieve it.

Steve (not verified)

In reply to by Ivy (not verified)

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 20:31 Permalink

I filed for reconsideration appeal 9/26/2016
My ss apeal sent to quality review 2/1/2017
Still no an answer how much longer?


In reply to by Steve (not verified)

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 16:01 Permalink

Hi Steve,
I really could not say as the process does take awhile and every case can take varying amounts of time. However, the fact that it was sent to quality review does indicate that the SSA is actively working on your case!

Tammy (not verified)

In reply to by Steve (not verified)

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 14:22 Permalink

I filed for appeal in may 2016 and still waiting, if heard it varies on what state your in. Right now in my state NC it's an 18-22 month wait.

Molly C (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:20 Permalink

Ivy, I'm sorry to hear about the confusion you've had to deal with. If there are any questions about your payments or specific disability, I suggest you call your local Social Security office or the individual who first handled your claim. I'm sure it will work out once you determine what the issue is. I wish you the best of luck!

R.C. (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:20 Permalink

I have received a letter of denial, a letter that my file is ready to be reviewed, an encyptyed disk to reveiw and a package of forms to send back for the reconsideration. THE ANALYSIS STATES: I am closely approaching advanced age; THE FOLLOWING ILLNESSES, INJURIES OR DISEASES EXIST: Hepatitis C; Left Shoulder Replacement; Hypertension; Anxiety Attacks; COPD; Degenerative Joint Disease; Breathing Problems, Diverticulitis; & Chronic Diarreha; With an onset date of 6/1/06. THE ANALYSIS states: I have more than one MDI: being: 1)#7150 Osteoarthrosis Allied Disorders (priority)Primary, (severity) Severe. 2)#5710 Chronic Liver Disease (priority)Secondary, (severity) Severe; 3)#3000 Anxiety Disorder (priority) Other, (severity) Severe. THE PROBLEM: This was scheduled for an in person interview. The day of the interview, SSA called, stating they had staffing shortage issues & would have to complete it over the phone. They did, however, much of the paper work filled out is completely incorrect. They have listed that I have not worked since June of 1996. I told them that I continued to work until I just could not work any longer & my last day was 12/31/2011. Paperwork I filled out as well my tax records show 12/2011 as last day worked. They state I am disable with "SEVERE" conditions, but then determined me "NOT DISABLED" because conditions had to have been found severe on or before 6/30/09, when I was last insured.??? They state they considered all medical evidence and records to determine this outcome. However, in the analysis, they state that there are no medical records and none can be obtained. I gave them the records. There are still records coming in as I have been hospitalized 2x in last 3 months. The last for 13 days with a blood pulse ox level of 44 the last time. My lips and fingertips were already turning blue. I was dying right in the ER.!! The disk they sent will only open part of the records and then completely shuts down my computer, freezing even the hard drive up. It acts like there is a virus on it. Please tell me what I need to do. I have been without any income since December 2011. I can't work. I don't understand how can they reject the medical records I gave them on disks, x-rays, mylegrams, tests performed etc....straight from the doc's & labs; tell me they have to obtain them theirselves; have me sign medical releases so they can and then turn around and say that there aren't any records and none can be obtained.? Please Help. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Molly C (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:20 Permalink

Hi R.C. First of all, I'm sorry you are having such a difficult time with the application process. I would love to be able to help you, but I'm not sure I understand all the issues you are having. The best advice I can give is to contact an attorney or advocate. He or she will be able to help you correct any errors in your claim and get you headed down the correct path. Fill out this form for a free evaluation with an attorney. I wish you the best of luck!

Andrew (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:20 Permalink

denied SSDI. May 2011 I was hurt at work, denied WC for 9 months.. only to discover at court day after I sued.. yep.. they had WC... I received NO medical care, other than general visits to md because of denial of WC.... I applied for SS (proven 20 year work record) in January 2012... ALJ Aug 2013... Denied. (I only started getting xrays, mri, specialist Jan 2013 due to no insurance). But med records show DDD, Spinal Stenosis cogenatial, Kidney removal, Arthritis with knee fusion, HTN. I was never ordered to see a SS dr. The judge favored with a SS dr I had seen in 2010, 2 years before I applied and 1 years before I became disabled (I was contacted by SS because as a child I had a kidney removed and my father drew SSDI. They said they thought they may owed me money, so I jumped thru the hoops... why 15 years later is beyond me). The judge also stated he based no credit on a dr I saw after getting hurt who said no standing, stooping, pushing, pulling, lifting, reaching, bending. How can he use a Dr opinion that had nothing to do with my disability while discrediting one who did???? Heck, I even agreed with the Dr in 2010... I was working 6 days a week!!!!! The judge also said my "alledged" pain did not warrant hospitalization nor pain clinic..???????? I get what I need from my own Dr. Said I "used a cane with no written order"... I have the order in my hand... I just happen to be not using the EXACT cane... but one I made... Said apparently I was not illerate (I have 8th grade education) because I could keep a log book and use a credit card... didn't realize illerate and stupid were the same.... I said 8th grade.. not 1st.. I learned to spell my name (sign for CC) in first grade.. and I learned to draw straight lines and count to 24 in those 8 years. Said I rode a motorcycle... Nooooo .. he ask if I had one.. I said yes.. Because I have one.. and choose not to sell it.. does not mean I ride.. but yet he sited I rode..... that was never said.... I haven't rode in 2 years... Said my disabilities didn't fit the standards... I was able to do light work... What the hell is all this crap... Oh.. and my hearing lasted 25 minutes... He only was concerned about my WC.. skipped straight to that section... In denial made it sound as if I opted to not seek medical care until after settlement... I tried.. but each time Pt/specialist/meds/treatment/procedures was denied due to lack of WC. I will appeal.. and I have a lawyer... Who will be reviewing my case.. Hopefully not the same judge..

Pattie (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:21 Permalink

I filed for disability in October of 2010 right after my 1st back surgery. I was denied 2 months later and did nothing more. Kept working and taking pain meds to survive. I had a second back surgery July of 2012 and still have been working and taking pain medication. I get better after the surgery for a while until the next area of my spine degenerates again. It is an ongoing process of degenerative disk disease and my doctor also told me I have soft bones. I have worked at total of 31 years since I was 14 years old while in school and then full time since I was 18 after I graduated from High School. This past summer of 2013 I started having horrible pain again in my back and believe me I have numerous documented trips to doctors and have tried PT and Spinal stretching machines. It got so bad in October I was taking medication non stop and my employer noticed and made me stop working on November 4th 2013 because they did not want me working on narcotic pain medications. I immediately filed for disability in November 2013 and continued to work with my Neurologist and did several MRI's and CT's and he has me scheduled for a 3rd surgery in 2 weeks on March 11, 2014 and then we will need to do a 4th surgery once I recover from this 3rd surgery. I got denied disability January 2014, hired an Attorney and he started the appeal process on February 10, 2014. My question is, how long does it generally take to get a decision once you start the appeal process? I will add this. The denial letter showed the reports and dates they received information from my Doctor and it was BEFORE he decided I needed this 3 surgery for another blown disc in my upper neck and also before he discovered that the hardware in my lower back from my first surgery had sagged downward and one of the screws broke in two due to my soft bones. The hardware from my 2nd surgery in my upper neck has started to sag due to my soft bones as well. So I am hoping and praying that when the SS board sees this updated information they will make decision in my favor. This disease will be an debilitating problem I will have for the rest of my life. I am 45 years old and used to be very active outdoors. I also have reoccurring bladder infections and have for years as well as depression and anxiety. Based on what I have written how long do you think it will take for me and my attorney to hear something back from the determination board? I just re-filled out and mailed the function report and pain report package the SS administration mailed me again like they did in the very beginning back in November 2013.

Molly C (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:21 Permalink

Hi Pattie, I'm sorry to hear about everything you have gone through. Unfortunately I cannot tell you how long your appeals process will take. It is different for everyone. This is due to the fact that there are no set deadlines for the appeals proceedings, some cases are simply easier to determine, only some states require re-determination, and some states have significant backlogs and wait times.

Marc (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:21 Permalink

I applied for social security disability on March 2014. I have a herniated disc and arthritis in my lower back that is giving me discomfort on a daily basis. I was denied on the request for reconsideration. I finally decided to get an Attorney to help me win my case. It is now September and hopefully I will hear something at the later part of October. How long does this process take.

Igg (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:21 Permalink

Hi Mark, best of luck with your appeals process! I would take any estimate of time with a grain of salt, as the process could take a couple to several months. I'd suggest regularly checking in with your attorney for status information or checking in with staff at the appeals office.

David (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:21 Permalink

I was getting ss disability until I got incarcerated and they stopped. when I got out in august 2014 I applied and was denied 2/12/14. I cannot work due to 67 percent 3rd degree burns on my body. also I do not have use of my left arm.can you help me file an appeal?

D-Pow (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:21 Permalink

Hi David,
I am sorry to hear about your injuries. One of the most successful ways to file an appeal is to use a disability attorney. They can help you with the paperwork and defend you in court. You can get in contact with an attorney in your area by taking our 100% Free Disability Evaluation here:

Christina (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:22 Permalink

Hello, I am wanting to see about information regarding the quality review process. I applied January of 2013, was denied in July of 2013. It was very clear through the letter, other letters, and communication with my DDS rep, that he wasn't really doing his job. He clearly said he hadn't received records that I physically had taken in and turned in myself in person. There were several things like this that happened. I appealed the decision, and was sent to two doctors of their choice back in August. I was told almost two weeks ago that I should know something by end of September. I was told on Monday by my DDS worker that she had done her part, and that the field office would be in touch with me, and that if I hadn't heard from them by Friday to give them a call. I called them Monday evening to see if they had by chance gotten anything, as I needed to change my direct deposit information so nothing went to the wrong place, and the lady said it was still pending, but then she said she wanted to check something.... she put me on hold, and came back on the line saying that I was found disabled, but that everything had not been sent out yet. She had read this information in a long report in my file I guess. I called Tuesday to see if indeed it had been finished, and they said it was still pending. She told me that she did not know why I was told the other information, but that it was still pending. I called my DDS office, she said that it had gone to quality review on Monday, it looked like it had bee returned, and now was being processed, and that it should only take a little longer. I told her what I had been told, and she said also that they should not have told me anything, that there is a reason for that, because sometimes quality review makes some changes, and patients may get upset, or get discouraged for not reason or vica versa. Now I am worried, and waiting, and I don't know what to expect. Is this going to take forever again. How likely is it that the decision was overturned, or are they maybe just changing dates or getting more notes? What do I do? I have been waiting for almost 2 years. I have 3 small children, and we have been evicted amongst many other things, and I can't fathom waiting for much longer. It is having a severe impact on my finances, my stress level, and in turn, my health. Please help...

D (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:22 Permalink

Hi Christina,
I am so sorry to hear that. If you are in the review stage, there is unfortunately nothing you can do! There is no way for anyone to determine how likely you were to be approved. Even judges have wildly different approval rates. Good luck, I really hope you are approved shortly.

sean morgart (not verified)
Fri, 01/01/2016 - 17:48 Permalink

I applied for Social Security disability and SSI at the same time I won on the initial application process but only received a partially favorable decision my advocate advised me to appeal for reconsideration of my own set day which I did through the Advocate and I was told on the phone when I called to check on the status that I won the appeal all November 24thso they owe me 14 months back payI was told it went to the payment center on the 28th of December does anyone have an idea how long it will take the payment center to process my back pay also I have a congressional inquiry in I was told this will help speed the process is that true oh I alsohave a dire need letter in through the congressional inquiry as also I was told this will help speed the processso we can meyepro my question to everyone is how long do you believe it will take to get the back pain as I need it to pay a security deposit and first months rent on a house because welfare is canceling my emergency shelter


In reply to by sean morgart (not verified)

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 16:33 Permalink

Hi Sean,
Glad to hear you'll receive your back pay! But it unfortunately may take a long time to receive. Since your back pay went to the center on the 28th, I'd expect it sometime this week, but I'd check in again with them next week if you still haven't received it.

Danny (not verified)
Thu, 04/21/2016 - 01:11 Permalink

I applied for ssdi got denied and appealed sent in records and tried to follow up with DDS poc. I left several messages with no call back, I received a denial letter and they have the wrong diagnosis on there.. Is there anything I can do?

Phy Am (not verified)
Sun, 06/12/2016 - 21:27 Permalink

I got denied on my inital appication for ssdi ssi with degenitive dic, dease, depression, anxiety, heppititis c panic attacks.The examiner said I'm denied on back pain and left elbow pain, depression anxiety My medical record indicate I'm disable for 1year,and,10 months,and ,it's only been 1year and 6 months.My point is look at all my evidence,

Nona D (not verified)
Wed, 07/13/2016 - 23:00 Permalink

I first applied for disability July 2015 and was denied in December 2015 because they stated I was making substantial income. I appealed in December 2015 because my condition worsen, I lost my job, and they left some of my medical records out. I’ve had 4 brain bleeds, numbness in my left side, constant migraines, and severe carpel tunnel in both hands and it has moved up to my shoulder on the right side-all this have occurred with in this past year. Also, I’ve spoken to my examiner several times updating her. I’ve also had several failed job attempts. At the beginning of May 2016 a decision still haven’t been made I was told it left the examiner and sitting on the doctors desk and two weeks later went to another doctors desk. When I called June 1, 2016 I spoke to a lady in my examiner office who told me to call at the end of this week they should have a decision that they were tying up some loose ends. Is this normal? Do you think it could be a favorable or partial favorable decision? I called about two weeks later and spoke with my examiner and she stated that the decision had been made and I will get a letter in the mail in two weeks. If I go to the local office will they tell me what the decision was? or do I have to wait on the letter? is their anyway I can tell before I get the letter whether or not if it was approve or denied? When I went to the local office the decision still showed pending even though the examiner told me she had made her decision. I was thinking maybe it was a denial letter. So when the letter come it can be an approval or a denial?


In reply to by Nona D (not verified)

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 09:42 Permalink

Hi Nona,
Unfortunately, I am not a medical professional, so I cannot say whether your application would be approved or denied from the information that you gave me. However, if it is denied, you still have a right to appeal that decision, and it may be a good idea to have a disability advocate or attorney to work with in that case. If you fill out the form here:
we can have one reach out to you.

Mike Grant (not verified)
Tue, 09/20/2016 - 19:23 Permalink

I applied for ssi on 4-13-2012. I was told i did not have enough work credits. I applied for ssdi on 2-12-2014 and just got denial from judge. It was on the basis (not medical) I went back to work for three months (because I did not want to be homeless) (11-2014 till 1-2015) and quit after 3 months because of the pain. Judge did not address time 4-13-2012 till 2-12-2014 after documenting it on report, maybe because I filed for ssi instead of ssdi (not sure). And stated denial for ssdi claim date 2-12-2014 due to going back to work after 9 months. (Did not stay unemployed for full 12 months.) Nothing about denial on basis of medical. I now have enough work credits so my question is: Can I get retroactive or back pay from ssi for 4-13-2012 through 2-12-2014 with the judges report which recognizes the medical problems but basically trumped it with that 3 months of work?? P.S. I will 55 in a month if that would make any difference at all. Any help is greatly appreciated.


In reply to by Mike Grant (not verified)

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 09:42 Permalink

HI Mike,
Generally you would be eligible for back pay from your Established Onset Date (EOD) I would consult with the SSA to help you determine what it would be in your case.

Anonymous (not verified)
Sat, 10/08/2016 - 23:51 Permalink

I am late getting my reconsideration disability papers in will they kick me off I'm going to call them Monday it will be late about 10 days


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 10:23 Permalink

HI there,
It's best to get them in early, but it may be a good idea to call ahead just to make sure what would happen if you were late with them.

Kimberly Haydar (not verified)
Mon, 10/17/2016 - 14:15 Permalink

I filed for disability in Arkansas in March 2016 and was denied. During the time I could appeal I had my dad in hospice, I had hand surgery and was working on my husbands disability. I hired an attorney and he requested a new appeal because of everything that I was dealing with. I received in the mail yesterday a statement that more information a fuction report. Since all this my husband just 5 days ago received a letter stating he has been determined medically disabled and are now working on his non-medical disability. On my function should I also include my difficulties with care of my husband as he has head trauma and other medical problems and can't be left alone. With all my medical issues and having to also help with his care. I don't know if I need to include this in my report? Please help or advise me. I call my attorney's office and I was not able to talk to my attorney and was just advised to complete form in detail and get sent in. My time to turn in is running out because I went to TN to visit my father who is still in hospice and got home and it had been sent Oct. 7, 2016. Thanks for any advise you can give me ASAP.


In reply to by Kimberly Haydar (not verified)

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 14:45 Permalink

Hi kimberly,
If you feel that the care of your husband is part of your claim, it may not hurt to include it in the paperwork, however I would make sure that all the difficulties that you personally have are also listed on the report.

Mike (not verified)
Tue, 10/25/2016 - 02:51 Permalink

I been filing ssi since I was 20 in 2008 and been denied now I'm 27 and denied again went to a lawyer and now have to wait until 10/17 for a court date.I was born and diagnosed with cerebral palsy on my right limbs also had epilepsy since 16 and it has got worse I can't work or wait another year with one kid to support is there anything I can do?also if I was born with c p could I get back pay or why have I've been denied is infantile c p not a disability?

Richard (not verified)
Mon, 11/07/2016 - 15:50 Permalink

I was denied from social security benefits because they said I didn't have enough medical evidence I am a diabetic with to limbs amputated and 2 big ulsers on the bottom of my foot I filled for reconsideration will help my case

Robert Stokley (not verified)
Sat, 11/12/2016 - 21:02 Permalink

ou should always appeal, and make sure not to be employed. Although online it says you can make up to 1,300 approx a month; for they may turn husband down. And make sure you get lawyer when applying for disability

Tamerra (not verified)
Thu, 12/15/2016 - 16:43 Permalink

What does a 15 month turn around mean at an reconsideration appeal level?


In reply to by Tamerra (not verified)

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 13:28 Permalink

Hi Tamerra,
The average wait time for an appeal is usually around 17 months. It really doesn't mean anything beyond being how long it takes to have an ALJ hearing.

AMY (not verified)
Sun, 02/12/2017 - 17:23 Permalink


Anonymous (not verified)
Fri, 03/10/2017 - 12:18 Permalink

My son has been ssi since age of 3 they recently did a review and defined him saying his health has improved he has cystic fibrosis 2 lung function test showed good how can they denie him when it's a life threating disease I did ask for a reconsideration what happens now?


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 11:01 Permalink

Hi there,
If they asses your child is not eligible due to improvement, your child may still be eligible for Medicaid, however he may become ineligible for benefits.

Dee (not verified)
Mon, 03/13/2017 - 19:11 Permalink

I received disability approval but no lump sum. I refile the case instead of appealing. I didn't know what to do. Can I file an reconsideration claim for lump sum.


In reply to by Dee (not verified)

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 10:57 Permalink

Hi Dee,
You may have been found ineligible for the lump sum due to certain circumstances, and as you have already been approved for benefits your application may not be processed.

Anonymous (not verified)
Wed, 03/15/2017 - 21:59 Permalink

I filed for disability last June. Was denied in Nov 2016. Said I was disabled, but would not last. This was after a meniscus removal and debriment of left knee leaving me at 30 % space loss. I put in for reconsideration in December. I went back to my orthopedic surgeon and have 80% loss in left knee, walking with cane and he states in his report nothing else he can do to improve function due to hip muscle tearing and ITB irritation that consistent puts strain on leg. Given my age a knee replacement is only fix but much too young at this point and should try to reduce issues that cause decrease in cartlige loss. So after 20 yrs in a factory and development of plantar fasciitis in both feet, stress fractures in top of foot, osteoarthritis in both ankles, osteoarthritis in left knee that has went from 30 to 80 percent since denial....How will this affect my reconsideration decision. BTW I am 42. My main issues are all left lower limb... With DDD in neck and back as well. Thank you.

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