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SSDI Benefits

Anonymous
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I have a question. We applied for SSDI in March of this year. We received two additional packets from them a few weeks ago requesting additional info, which we filled out and mailed them off right away.

How does it work? After this, do you still have to come in for an additional interview and then they release the money, or what? We really need this money!! Thanks!

Posted by Anonymous on Jun. 15, 2014 at 1:50 PM
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lilmama8408
by Bronze Member on Jun. 15, 2014 at 1:52 PM
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It all depends. My dad was denied benefits for almost 3 years before getting approved. He got back pay but it took a really good pricey lawyer and him to get a fairly good chunk of back pay to get it all squared away
tossed
by Member on Jun. 15, 2014 at 1:56 PM
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It varies. Once they review the info you submitted, they will examine it. They might tell you that you will have to see one of their approved doctors for an opinion and then you have to wait for that dr to submit an evaluation. It is pretty standard for the process, if approved, to take 5-6 months. If it is denied, it can take years.

What was the disability?

Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Jun. 15, 2014 at 5:14 PM

 Stage 4 colon cancer.

Quoting tossed:

It varies. Once they review the info you submitted, they will examine it. They might tell you that you will have to see one of their approved doctors for an opinion and then you have to wait for that dr to submit an evaluation. It is pretty standard for the process, if approved, to take 5-6 months. If it is denied, it can take years.

What was the disability?

 

thefiregoddess
by Bronze Member on Jun. 15, 2014 at 11:25 PM
Yes. They generally make you come in for a physical. Generally speaking it takes about a year from application to approval if you get approved first shot.

They also automatically evaluate you for ssi as well, so that hinders the process.

Go to the office to turn in paperwork and make sure you get a time stamped copy of everything you turn in. They magically "never received" paperwork all the time.
tossed
by Member on Jun. 16, 2014 at 1:25 AM
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Quoting Anonymous:

 Stage 4 colon cancer.

Quoting tossed:

It varies. Once they review the info you submitted, they will examine it. They might tell you that you will have to see one of their approved doctors for an opinion and then you have to wait for that dr to submit an evaluation. It is pretty standard for the process, if approved, to take 5-6 months. If it is denied, it can take years.

What was the disability?


There is a compassionate fast track program for those with terminal cancer...I don't know the prognosis, but if you check out the SS website, it identifies the information they need to make the fast track approval. 

I wish you the best. When I applied, I had copies of all of my medical records and checked the SS website so that I knew what they required. I got a call and the worker made a comment about something that was in my records. What she had not done was read the whole record. I was able to tell her to keep reading and to look at the bottom of a certain page. My doctor always started his notes with evaluation for remission of my disease. I knew that because I had copies of the records. I also knew that his conclusion was that the disease was full blown and active. She also wanted me to see 2 SS approved drs. I asked how those GENERAL practice doctors were more qualified than the specialists I saw who were recommended by the MAYO clinic. The next day I was told that I did not have to see any of their doctors and received the approval letter later that week. 

Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Jun. 16, 2014 at 9:27 AM

 Thanks :)

Quoting thefiregoddess: Yes. They generally make you come in for a physical. Generally speaking it takes about a year from application to approval if you get approved first shot. They also automatically evaluate you for ssi as well, so that hinders the process. Go to the office to turn in paperwork and make sure you get a time stamped copy of everything you turn in. They magically "never received" paperwork all the time.

 

kylensmom1229
by Member on Jun. 16, 2014 at 9:38 AM

 Yep. The few people  I know on SSD got denied the first few times, so I hope you have a back-up plan. And the people I know that were finally awarded the $$, they had to give about a third of it right off the bat to their attorneys. And the ones that never got an attorney, never won their case

Quoting lilmama8408: It all depends. My dad was denied benefits for almost 3 years before getting approved. He got back pay but it took a really good pricey lawyer and him to get a fairly good chunk of back pay to get it all squared away

 

lilmama8408
by Bronze Member on Jun. 16, 2014 at 9:58 AM
My dad is 100% disabled and had tons of proof. But until he got the fancy lawyer it was denied. Lawyer took a good percentage of the final pay out, then tax man took their share. They medical benefits arnt great either like most of his meds are not covered.

Payout took a few months once he was accepted. He often fights with them on medical benefits. And they cut his original amount in half after a year or so.


Quoting kylensmom1229:

 Yep. The few people  I know on SSD got denied the first few times, so I hope you have a back-up plan. And the people I know that were finally awarded the $$, they had to give about a third of it right off the bat to their attorneys. And the ones that never got an attorney, never won their case


Quoting lilmama8408: It all depends. My dad was denied benefits for almost 3 years before getting approved. He got back pay but it took a really good pricey lawyer and him to get a fairly good chunk of back pay to get it all squared away

 

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