• Applying for disability, how hard is it to obtain?

    Asked by smitty3618 on Tuesday, July 23, 2013

    Applying for disability, how hard is it to obtain?

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    • michaela's Avatar

      Hello Smitty
      I am currently on SSDI. I think the best way to get your benefits would be to use a disability lawyer. You can find agencies that have free services. Unfortunately most people are denied the first try. But with help from your Dr and someone to help you with the application it is not to bad. Also it takes a bit of time for SS to finish your case.
      Luckily you will be paid from when they first receive your app.
      You might have to see one of the Drs hired by SS. They will ask a lot of questions. It is important to answer as if it your worst day. In other words don't candy coat your answers. It is also good to write down all of your history of ailments and procedures, tests and appointments.
      If you have any more questions please feel free to ask me at
      [email redacted].
      I wish you luck on getting the benefits you deserve.
      Michael G

      almost 7 years ago
    • smitty3618's Avatar

      Hi Deena, WOW, sorry to hear of your experience with disability. I wish you the best.

      almost 7 years ago
    • smitty3618's Avatar

      Hi Michaela, thanks for the advice. I was already on early retirement and none of the usual law firms wanted my business as there was not enough of a payday for them. I did some extensive reading of the rules governing the application process and was able to find a sympathetic SS agent who helped me complete the necessary forms and she sounded very hopeful as to the outcome. But, in dealing with the government, you can never be sure. She filed the forms for a speedy response compassionate care I believe she called it. I am hopeful of a good outcome. They are sending for my records and interviewing my MD's all of whom I informed of the process. The MD's all agreed to be as helpful as they could in the vetting process Social Security has as they are familiar with the process already. Keeping my fingers crossed.

      almost 7 years ago

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