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Anonymous
Hi Bryan

Hi Bryan
I received a denial letter on case above. Said I did have restrictions on daily living, but because of my age it did not keep me from work. Now awaiting a hearing. My orthopedic doctor says only plan he has is knee replacement, but my age causes major risk because I will undergo 3 replacement before age of 80. Each replacement is possible infection and possibly loss of limb. I sent photos of my leg showing deformity​ and flexion contracting of leg/knee to the ALJ. I have all the blue book muscle​ skeleton issues required for disability approval. Regardless of my age I do indeed have this blue book required symptoms. Sitting, standing from seated position, keeping balance, walking up steps, down steps, use a cane full-time, must change position often and many other ways I adhere to daily are part of my leg issues. So my question is being all these issues explained and evidence for them what can be the denial explanation? My age shouldn't be a factor when the evidence shows medical purposes for the approval?? What employee is going to hire a risk such as mine in standing, loosing balance, changing positions all day and using a cane. What if I loose balance while standing to get a copy of something at a office for a secretary position? Are they going to chance an injury on their workman's comp insurance? I recently lost my balance in the kitchen, grabbing the counter knocked a heavy glass bowl off and broke my middle toe. That said, what are my chances of being approved at hearing level?
Thank you.

Hi There,

Hi There,
They may have determined based on the information that you have given them that you were ineligible for benefits, if you are over full retirement age you would be ineligible for benefits as the program only insures those under full retirement age. If you are under retirement age, it may be because they have determined that you are able to work in some capacity. I really could not say what your chances are, but you may want to speak with a adisability advocate or attorney. You can get in touch with one by filling out this form:
http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/form/free-disability-evaluation

Sherwin
The medical examiner who is

The medical examiner who is handling my disability appeal advised me to not hire an attorney because it would be a waste of money for me. Was this her way of hinting that I have been approved?

Hi Sherwin,

Hi Sherwin,
The SSA hires independent medical examiners, as such even though you may medically qualify, they may not be able to say that you'd be approved because there are technical qualifications as well. It may be a good idea to at least speak with a lawyer about your case, you can get in touch with one in your area by filling out this form:
http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/form/free-disability-evaluation

Wendy J
I applied for SSDI March 2011

I applied for SSDI March 2011, we took my case to court to sue and won. In the mean time I was told to file again in case we didn't win in Federal court. We won and it was sent back to hearing Judge in 2016. I had my hearing and judge said she had to consolidate cases and I was found favorable as of March 2011. However payment center only did back pay from Dec 2013. They keep saying they can't pay more than a year back but I won 2011 and case was never closed. What do I do

Hi Wendy,

Hi Wendy,
Back pay would only be paid a year back from the time that you were found disabled by the SSA. Your Established Onset Date may have been from that second application rather than the first one.

Melissa
I was denied SSI in 12/16

I was denied SSI in 12/16 because of income, I submitted reconsideration 1/30/17 because income has decreased a lot and gave proof of medical expenses, pay stubs, FMLA paperwork from my doctor backing up my diagnosis "disability" and medical records I have not received or heard of any update. I've gone to ssi office and they say the paperwork is in there system pending. How much longer is it going to take? I've called DDS office as well and they say they do not have anything in their system for me.

Hi Melissa,

Hi Melissa,

I am so sorry to hear that. Unfortunately since every case is different it's tough to say.

Best Wishes,
Eric

Kel
Hi my reconsideration (SSD)

Hi my reconsideration (SSD) was effective 11/28/2016 I have advocate at the hospital that applied and helping me with my social security process I was hospitalized twice (for 21 days) had 5 toes amputed and stent in same leg with a $260,000 plus medical bills my illness is (due to severe diabetes since 1997 but conditions got very bad with conditions in 2015 and has been non weight bearing for 10 months per doctors order and still till this day no weight on one of my legs (in wheelchair)

I have since been back Into the ER for Internal bleeding due to the plavix and warfrin I am taking besides 2 different insulin, metformin, percocet 5 and 10's and high blood pressure meds...my advocate sent social security my Jan 2017 medical records but since then I recieved a letter from Social security to see one of their doctor I agree and completed all of the paper work then got a confirmation letter of the appointment...but then a week later I got a letter from Social security that the appointment has been canclled by them (social security) saying no need to see their doctor additional information has been recieved this was as of March 2017 (keep in mind that I am still under the hospital wound care bi-weekly since 7/2016 and still but have not worked since 7/2016 but no additional infomation is needed (per social security) do you know what this mean or should I just should take it for what it say?

Hi Kel,

Hi Kel,

I am so sorry to hear that. I would recommend speaking with a representative from the SSA with your advocate with you.

Best of Luck,
Eric

Miriam
My have been receiving ssi

My have been receiving ssi for four years npw and the found him unfavorable if i appeal will he continue too get his benifits

Hi Miriam,

Hi Miriam,
That may be the case, you may want to contact your local SSA office regarding this, you can find a listing of them here:
http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/content/social-security-disabili...

Keshara Ridley
My claim keep saying pending

My claim keep saying pending but one minute they say I'm approved then when I call again they said it's still pending. I was in quality review I be there for a month am I still in quality review or out and it's pending cause I need to do the non-medical part of my claim I'm confused what to do or should I just wait for a letter but to my understanding they don't send no letter until you go to appointment at local office so they contact you or send letter? Should I just wait til I get something they are confusing me.

Hi Keshara,

Hi Keshara,
Quality review is when the SSA reviews their cases for processing, and as such it may delay benefits. That does not mean you are not approved for benefits, however as we are not affiliated with the SSA or the federal government, I really could not give any information about your case specifically.

Anonymous Dodger Fan
I am requesting an SSDI

I am requesting an SSDI reconsideration of EOD dates. How long does the process take?

Hello Dodger Fan,

Hello Dodger Fan,

Unfortunately there is no black and white answer on how long that process will take because cases and judges decisions vary from case to case. Best of Luck

Go Red Sox ;)
-Eric

Sonia
I'm confused, while

I'm confused, while waiting for a decision, I received a letter stating " we recently reviewed the evidence in your Social Security disability claim and find that you're disability continues" then goes on to talk about Trial work period blah blah blah and the letter is headed notice of decision dated April 24th I seen online a determination had finally been made 4-24-2017and that id be recieving a letter via mail ... I called because I didn't understand how it could be found to continue when I hadn't even started or been approved yet and I was then informed that I was denied and I'd be receiving a letter but no letter had actually been sent out yet and this letter that I had received was routine. So today being June 23rd I still have not received any letter or update my online status still says the decision was made April 24th so again I call only to be told that a decision has not been made and it's under review what does all this mean???

Hi Sonia,

Hi Sonia,

I am sorry to hear that, but it probably just means they are still reviewing your case. Hang in there, unfortunately it can be a long process.

Best,
Eric

Sheila Taylor-Brown
I filled for my child in aug

I filled for my child in aug of 2016 and was denied my child has mental illness,Borderline personality disorder,psychosis severe anxiety,social disorder,ptsd,and 5 more disorders,It is so had to explain how these disorders affect our life,My child can not leave the house unless i am with him he thinks some one will kill him and he can not look people in the eye keeps his head down at all times,His anger is so bad i have doors in my apt that are hanging off and holes in the wall I cant go to work and we are now losing our apt because of this what will it take for them to see that he is sick,He is now 18 we have a lawyer but i never hear from them,I just dont know what to do

Hi Sheila,

Hi Sheila,
I'm sorry to hear about that! You may want to contact a disability attorney or advocate who would be more responsive, you can get in touch with one by filling out the form on the left.

David K
I had a work machine roll on

I had a work machine roll on top of me in 1997, settled w comp in 1999 and provided all info through my atty to ss which began in 2000, every check for myself and children had an offset due to the comp settlement. Every 4 yrs my benefits for the kids were decreased by half to the point they were receiving $31 a month by 2012 and mine went down by $300 after first 2 yrs. In Oct 2016, I rec notice I owed $70,000 in an overpayment. We immediately filed a reconsideration in Nov 2016, we informed the rep the last reconsideration we never rec an answer and after 90 days even sent a certified letter req. status. Rudely she responded it could take up to 6 mths. stating in 2006 they noted no changes.
It is now July 2017, well over 6 mths when we went in the rep wasn't sure if the case was in Baltimore or D.C. but status still said pending and it was with the payment center. We were told to return in a couple weeks but could check online, online states pending since 4-2000 when I started.
I don't have money to hire an atty, because they want payment upfront on a $70,000 overpayment, and feel they are reviewing 17 yrs so it's costly. What more can I do, we are well over 6 mths and can't seem to even get a definite answer on who is reviewing, just at the payment center, which is to mean what?
Any suggestions would be appreciated, thank you

Hi David,

Hi David,
I'm sorry to hear about that! You may want to contact a disability attorney who would be willing to work on contingency regarding this.

Helen
My husband went to court for

My husband went to court for ssi disability denial judge said I can't get you back 5yrs but we will get at least 3so that was ok we'll November last we got the decision letter it had denied my husband again so lawyer has made another appeal court he was in a car accident 6+years ago and we have been fighting since then one of the reasons he was denied was that he has not worked in the last 3yrs also rehabilitation man said there is one job out there that my hubby can do and there 100 in the whole of us none in FL mind you

Hi Helen,

Hi Helen,
I'm sorry to hear about that! Hang in there!

Anonymous
I did an appeal on Jan 4 2017

I did an appeal on Jan 4 2017 and today the my case was close on medical decision. I do not know the decision. All it says is a medical decision has been made and we are processing your decision if additional information is needed Social Security Administration will contact you does this mean I was denied again?

Hi there,

Hi there,
I really could not say as the fact that it was made does not indicate whether it was postive or negative.

Tamerra
I got denied for not being

I got denied for not being under my doctor I'm schizophrenia bipolar and I suffer depression not able to complete or sometimes do daily routine the computer man that was at court said I can't work do to my disorder but I was denied ...it's been sense oct,2016 I appealed at a reconsideration level the office telling me it's a 12_15 month turn around so its been nine what exactly do that mean and am I waiting for?? Btw I've been back under my doctor as well!

Hi Tamera,

Hi Tamera,

I am so sorry to hear that. Unfortunately it can be a long process. Hang in there.

-Eric

Anonymous
If I file and get denied,got

If I file and get denied,got a lawyer..denied..appeal denied.mental illness not enough documentation? Do I file with another lawyer? Or do I start over say after a 30 day stay in hospital again?please help it's my sister

Hi There,

Hi There,

I am sorry to hear that. I would recommend gathering as much medical documentation as you can.

Best Wishes,
Eric

garry s
i have been approved for

i have been approved for disability,i recieved my letter today,but the date i was found disabled only went back to dec 2015,i have had my condition for most of my life,from 20 yrs old in 1972 till present day,i want to apply for reconsideration on my onset/date i was found disabled,i retired early because of my condition 2014,i did manage to work with the help of medication,but if my employer new i had to take the medication while working schedule 2 narcotic,i would have been fired,i managed to keep it hidden, i missed over 230 days of work in 21 yrs,i do not know how i did it, desperation,i had to help take care of my mom, i lived at home all my life never maried,no children,i retired at 62 if i had known that i quailified for disabity with these conditons i would have filed
then ,what are my chances of getting the date changed to at least 2014,i have been diagnosed with severe deppression disorder,severe anxiety,,obesity,high b/p,joint problems,etc, i am now 65,thanks

Hi Garry,

Hi Garry,

Congrats on getting approved! However I am unsure of if you would you get your date changed, but the more physical evidence you have the better your chances are.

-Eric

Kayla
I got diagnosed with MS back

I got diagnosed with MS back in October and my neurologist told me my MRI showed I also had a degenerating spine. I also suffer from severe depression and anxiety. I got denied and I got myself a lawyer who helped me file a reconsideration paperwork. Last month I receieved a letter from my insurance saying I am medically frail, which I am trying to figure out if that is good for my case or not.

Hi Kayla,

Hi Kayla,

The more medical evidence you have of your condition the better your chances are of winning your disability case.

-Eric

Kayla
Update: So they said I should

Update: So they said I should hear something by Tuesday and if not to call them. The nice lady said everything looks good and they got all the paperwork they needed so hopefully I get some good news.

Hi Kayla,

Hi Kayla,

I'm so glad to hear that. Best of luck!

-Eric

PIA&B&legs&knees&
I got a denial letter today.

I got a denial letter today. Says I am disabled now but not expected to last a year. I stopped work Dec 2016, applied 1/2017, decision but sent to quality review 7/26, denied. So now comes reconsideration...I wore braces on my back as a kid, have MRI showing ruptured disc & DDD in 2007, have new diagnosis of Fibromyalgia on top of 5 separate spine disorders, autoimmune disease, severe anxiety and 30 yr history of depression, new spine injections, new (worsening) x-rays, new added anxiety & pain meds.
QUESTION #1: file reconsideration immediately or wait til late October (w/in 60 days) as I hear reconsideration takes 8 weeks. At that point I will have been off work a year.
QUESTION #2: Since my initial application went to quality review, will reconsideration and any action henceforth go to them too?
Thanks.

PIA&B&legs&knees&
Also, was scheduled for

Also, was scheduled for Psychological CE but they cancelled it the day before, then called me to ask who do I see for depression & anxiety. Primary care doctor now. Have been to cardiologist, urgent care & ER for chest pain that seemed to be anxiety attack. Saw a Psych RN for 6 months for crisis 5 years ago. She says her records (stored in her garage!) we're destroyed in hurricane Matthew.
QUESTION#3: should I go with lack of development of depression & anxiety diagnosis as a reason to appeal? Or just go with documentation of continued worstening of conditions they acknowledged as disabling already?

Hi there,

Hi there,
You may want to contact a disability attorney or advocate to help with your case. You can get in touch with one by filling out this form:
http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/form/free-disability-evaluation

Tamira
I was receiving SSD and then

I was receiving SSD and then it was taken away from me saying that I work too many hours are made too much for that quarter I received a letter a couple of days ago saying that I guess the request for reconsideration was approved and that amount a used to be am I entitled to get my back pay from the months that they did not give it to me

Hi Tamira,

Hi Tamira,

I am so sorry to hear that. You may be able to!

Anonymous
How long till I hear back on

How long till I hear back on review if I am still elegance for disability

Reconsideration is typically

Reconsideration is typically another three to five months.

Scott frank
What's on my mind is

What's on my mind is this I started my disability claim back in 2007 from injury edge in my lower back and my left shoulder and mental health issues I'm going on my third time filing an appeal and everything this decision they denied most recently was based on 2007 evidence but I told him I was drunk when I filed I was struck by car back in 2013 my head went through a windshield of a car I was going to bicycle and struck by a car life-flighted knockout 17 hours major brain trauma separated right shoulder three and a half inches why did they go make services in off 2007 medical when I've had all this other stuff done to me and it was all the stuff was taken back in August of 2017 I was denied in September 2017 plus I have made your mental health issues what do I need to do I paid into this shit

Hi Scott,

Hi Scott,
I'm sorry to hear about all that! You may want to contact a disability advocate or attorney about your case as they can help you through the application process. You can get in touch with one by filling out this form here:
https://www.disability-benefits-help.org/form/free-disability-evaluation

kimberly
I had to do a reconsideration

I had to do a reconsideration appeal it's been 3 months how much longer should I hear something back from them

Hi Kimberly,

Hi Kimberly,
You may hear back from the SSA soon, however you may want to contact your local SSA office regarding this, you can find a listing of local offices here:
https://www.disability-benefits-help.org/content/social-security-disabil...

Marty
I have 4th stage kidney

I have 4th stage kidney failure and deep vein trombosios also hep c was told i could get better with medical help. I have no insuance cant workm feet are so swollen i cant wear shoes let alone walk very as it hurt. What can i do

Hi Marty,

Hi Marty,

You may be able to qualify for SSDI. You can take our free evaluation here:https://www.disability-benefits-help.org/form/free-disability-evaluation

Lori
was approved at

was approved at reconsideration on 9\18 it was at payment center 10\27 it sat there for a month after several calls supervisor ordered its release and found 3 errors received letter 12\4 found error say give them 2 weeks to fix say pending payment 1\3 taking excessively long i was o ssd\ssi last year turned down on reevaluation is my best bet getting a senator involved

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