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If you have the strength to apply for Social Security Disability... by canaveralgumby on 7 July 2009 12:40am
 
...then you don't need it!

OMG what a process. I think I've spent a total of 6 1/2 hrs. online with it so far. Maybe 2/3 done. And at least at home I'm able to look things up in the phone book, look through my files for info, etc.

The statement should read, "If you apply for Social Security Disability, you WILL need it at the end!"
 
Re: If you have the strength to apply for Social Security Disability... by peripatetically on 7 July 2009 12:53am
 
I know how you feel, Cori. I went through it in 2001 and was approved immediately. I was lucky enough to have always kept detailed records of all my doctors appts, surgeries, office visits, diagnoses, tests, comments and prescritpions and OTC remedies for as long ago as I can remember. (Even my T&A at 8 yrs. of age.) If possible, type it up and print it out no matter how many times you need to. Keep files on your computere with dates and everything you can possibly recall. You have no idea how handy it will be in the future. I spent lots ot time doing that prior to my disability and, man, was I forever thankful! If there's anything I might be able to help you with, let me know. Not sure I can answer all of your questions, but I'll try. It's an awful lot of work and I had to do what I could after the fact of the records and files with a bad neck and inability to hold a pencil or type anything for more than a few minutes at a time. Talk about torture. I have no idea how older people with no knowledge of legalities manage.
 
Re: If you have the strength to apply for Social Security Disability... by mrsteabag on 7 July 2009 1:38am
 
Pats is so right. I think the people who make descions about SSDI were dropped on their heads while being potty trained. Just my humble opinion after sitting through it with several people who had to apply. :P
 
Re: If you have the strength to apply for Social Security Disability... by perfectbitch on 7 July 2009 7:31pm
 
Another "Catch 22" if ever I saw one.

Linz
 
Re: If you have the strength to apply for Social Security Disability... by Ken Dunn on 7 July 2009 8:38pm
 
I hope the effort needed for your application was worth it. My wife went through various operations and medical assessments and got Disability Living Allowance (DLA) a few years ago. DLA seems to be the UK equivalent of SSD in the USA.
~
I was looking at applying for a labourers job only to find that the application form was 6 pages long and two qualifications I had never heard of were also required!
 
Re: If you have the strength to apply for Social Security Disability... by Spursfan on 8 July 2009 7:38am
 
I also get DLA, Ken, and had no probs getting it. But some people, with the same illness as I have, have been turned down. Then someone on the forum of the support group said they had a relation or friend who works at the office where they approve/reject the applications and this person had said that they automatically reject so many applications. For no reason.

Thats why it is important to apply again if you are rejected.

Good luck Cori!! Don't forget to photocopy your application, too - so that when you have to apply again in a few years (if you do) it will be so much easier.

:(
 
Re: If you have the strength to apply for Social Security Disability... by kazzzz on 8 July 2009 8:43am
 
It's hard to cope with here too, I get a small payment in the form of a family tax benefit (available to people with kids) and I have to change the section Kathryn is listed on, rang em today and I have to fill out a 64 page form! They have ALL our details anyway, you have t disclose everything from the colour of your underwear to what you had for dinner three Tuesdays ago, it's ridiculous. If you have to visit the office to deliver a form (which I'm gonna have to do with this form) allow the whole day.
 
Re: If you have the strength to apply for Social Security Disability... by peripatetically on 8 July 2009 2:11pm
 
Sounds very familiar Kaz! And Anne, being approved here is just absolutely impossible for some people. Many just don't have all the details of their illness and their documentation is poor. They try a million times and keep being turned down. I was sure that would happen to me, but a letter came within a decent amount of time and I was approved right away. I was floored!!!!!!!! It had taken months to compile the things I needed and go through all the things I needed to make my case. My paper work must've been a mile high from all the docotr's visits and tests and treatments. I don't know if I could have gone through the procedure of filing a second time. Of course, there are law firms here specifically for people who have been rejected and really really need to be approved. Probably worse off than me, surely worse off than me. Yet, they are rejected. A lot of it is about how you go about applying. I'd say more people are rejected than approved here. Of course, there is the other end of the spectrum too. People applying and don't qualify by any measure of the word.
 
Re: If you have the strength to apply for Social Security Disability... by canaveralgumby on 9 July 2009 1:15am
 
I absolutely appreciate that there are people trying to defraud the system, and that this is why the process is so drawn out. They ask the same thing in five different ways to see if your answers contradict or don't "add up."

Presumably, if the above system weeds out the unqualifieds, then they don't need to STILL reject random applications. My humble op.
 
Re: If you have the strength to apply for Social Security Disability... by peripatetically on 9 July 2009 12:36pm
 
You can say that again! There were so many similar questions and ones related to others that it made me crazy. But I persevered and only with the help of my printed out information stored in my computer could I have endured.
 
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