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Oct 22, 2015 12:31 PM

Is there any one on disability and hard was it to get it?

Oct 22, 2015 12:47 PM

Yes I am in UK, it was a nightmare but I had a great deal of help from my medical team and family. Once you get it though, it is back dated.

Oct 22, 2015 12:50 PM

I am on disability. Mine was easy because I had an accident. I got it right away but many people have to fight for it. My suggestion if you want it sooner then later, you will lose some of your back pay, but start out with a lawyer. They will help you determine if they think you can win. If you lose, they lose

Oct 22, 2015 1:49 PM

I'm on it in Ireland but it was easy for me cause I had operations and was recovering when I was interviewed by the doc to make sure I was genuine it'skind of like means test type thing they really grill you with questions trying to catch you out on something but it's different in other places and countries they all have there own way.

Oct 22, 2015 3:38 PM

I just had my second hearing,my lawyer said I won my case, but I still need to wait for the official approval which I have yet to recieve. It was a long hard fight. I have waited 5 years. Definitely want to make sure you have your Dr support you. Social Security likes to see narrative reports from your Dr just so you know.

Oct 23, 2015 8:13 AM

I almost hate to say this but yes, I am on disability and I got it approved the same day I went to the disability office before I even left the building. I guess that just shows how messed up I already was at the time and also already had surgery and bad pain.

Oct 23, 2015 12:52 PM

Alwayz do not feel bad for saying that, you probably should have applied sooner. I am happy for those people get it sooner regardless of where I stand. I know in my case I filed as soon as I knew I could never go back to work and had enough medically. My attorney seems to think if I would have filed now it would have been approved due to all my additional issues.

Oct 23, 2015 1:54 PM

I don't feel bad for any legit need. I just have a problem with those who get it and do hobbies on the side that require more strength and energy than an 8-hour job would require. It makes it doubly hard for the rest of us. πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Oct 24, 2015 5:49 AM

It too me three years and a lot of pain but I did get it was hard tho

Oct 24, 2015 8:14 AM

I hear what you're saying, Flappsy. There are so many days that just getting in the shower is all I can do (and days I can't even do that!!) I am thankful when I can just get up and out to the grocery store to pick up a few things and come right home. If I leave my house once a week to go across the street and see my 98 year old Godfather. Big difference from one who went to the barn every day and groomed and rode horses and mucked stalls, etc.. If I am having a day that I am able to go out, I will go to the stables locally and just sit in the car and watch a lesson or just look at the horses and breathe in all those wonderful smells I so dearly love and miss. I've known folks in the past that go out and jog, bicycle, go out dancing, etc... I do, however get very upset when I read how many of you haven't gotten your benefits and it's been years and lawyers and hearings, etc.. I don't normally say I got mine right away because it makes me feel so badly for those who need it and are not getting it. I wish all of you a blessed day with less pain. Sending love, {{{Hugs}}} and prayers your way.πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»

Oct 24, 2015 10:41 AM

AlwayZ, don't feel bad! Your issues were very visibly urgent. A friend of my hubby's was also immediately approved. He fell sideways over a toilet, snapping his leg at the knee and hip. He'll never work again, and he barely walks. His issues were visible too. Maybe if I had gone right after my 2010 surgery if have been approved, because of the visible isapproved so quickly when it issues. I just kept hoping I'd get better but instead kept stacking on another then another issue. I only accepted I'm disabled last year. My PCP confirmed it a few weeks ago. Im glad that it's immediate for some. But I know some scammers (heard of, not personally known) who learn from other scammers how to play sick and disabled. It angers me! πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Oct 25, 2015 5:31 PM

I'm on it in Alberta. It was a three year fight. All I can say is don't give up. That's what they want you to do. Keep appealing if they turn you down. You'll eventually win. I have to say that victory and the retro were both great. Does anyone in Canada know that you can also get a disability tax credit back dated 10 years too? That was quite easy to get too and very nice retro. Hope this helps some. ;)

Oct 25, 2015 8:03 PM

I'm in the uk and I'm on disability. I tried for the first time last year and was refused anything. In the report the assessor had decided that I'd lied about everything and despite a doctors letter and my own I was ignored at the reconsideration. I should have continued to fight but I was very unwell and gave up. It wasn't until summer this year I tried again and only because the guy helping with my son insisted. He helped me fill out the form and get a home visit, then recorded the assessment. I was awarded both care (standard) and mobility (enhanced). It has crossed my mind a number of times why it is that I can't claim it back to the first claim when my health conditions are the same as they were when refused. I did get another diagnosis but I'd had the condition for years, just without the name!
Too many people suffer unnecessary stress, pain, anguish and misery from the disability assessments. Why can't they just contact GP's and specialists to gather the relevant information? 😠

Oct 25, 2015 9:13 PM

It took me three years to get approved. Getting an attorney is the best thing you can do for yourself. They truly get all the info from your doctors etc. the social security administration does not request all of your records. It's like their job to keep you from getting approved. I had a very nice judge for my admin law hearing. My attorneys had done a great job of getting all my records and what my limitations were. There was an employment vocational expert on the speaker phone. When they read off my restrictions, she said this person cannot work. The judge was so kind, he told me I could go home and relax that he was going to find in my favor. I just broke down and cried. Three years is a long time when you have zero income and can't take care of yourself. My prayers go out to everyone still fighting. Do not give up please! Blessings βœŒοΈπŸ’œ

Oct 25, 2015 9:46 PM

Anonymous, when I met with my lawyer he said SS only requested 3 (of 20+) doctors records. Now I'm on the waiting list for a court hearing. πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Oct 25, 2015 10:08 PM

FlappysLady, the SS admin only requested 2 records and one wasn't even on the list of what I had submitted. They contacted HHS because my older daughter and I were on Medi-cal. It is truly pathetic. Do you have a time frame of when you will have your hearing? Feel good because most of these attorneys that only get paid if you win. They wouldn't take your case. I'm praying it goes well and you get a great judge and you get approved asap! How long have you been waiting? βœŒοΈπŸ’œ

Oct 25, 2015 10:50 PM

I'm in the process I have my hearing in two weeks (it has already been rescheduled twice) and it's been hard. It's been 2 years and 3 months since I first applied. I have over 25 chronic illnesses have a cane, getting a wheelchair have medicaid see over 20 different doctors and still having hard time with ssi

Oct 26, 2015 5:59 AM

I'm on a waiting list, 16-19 months out! But my attorney feels it's just a matter of going before the judge. πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Oct 26, 2015 8:01 AM

FlappysLady81- My lawyer told me the same thing. She said I had excellent medical documentation, especially the 11 page narrative report from my rheumatologist. She said that the judge I was seeing likes to see people in person.

Oct 26, 2015 8:20 AM

Disability doesn't care what doctors say and the information tells you that when you apply. They make thier own descision. In this case they really are judge and jury. I asked my attorney about getting copies of my medical records which I already have and he said he is going to force them to get copies so we don't have to pay for it. My attorney came highly rated by others who used his office and rated well online so I am trying not to worry.

Oct 26, 2015 8:47 AM

It is a shame the way SSD works in our country. It took me 4 yrs to finally get mine, the back pay went back only 3 yrs., it was still a good bit of money. I saw 3 different judges the first group consist of judge, dr, I can't remember it wasn't a social work, but she tried to find a job I could do even though I couldn't stand or sit for 5-10 min at a time she said I could hand out tickets somewhere. I told them if I could work I sure wouldn't be there I'd be working. They denied me two more time. The last judge I saw I went instead of my walker in a w/c because I didn't know how far I would have to walk or stand. I was sure that I would never get it and was surprised when my back pay just showed up in the mail. My husband got his in 18 months, with his Dr's help.

Oct 26, 2015 8:55 AM

I've hired the top gun in our area. I'm staying positive. Though the back pay would be nice, I'd be happy with just approval and starting that very month. And I'm praying it won't be the 16-19 months. Miracles do happen, so maybe I'll get one, Lord willing! πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Oct 26, 2015 9:14 AM

God help us all Flappy, God help us all

Oct 26, 2015 11:57 AM

I will be sending up extra prayers for all of you who have been denied your rightful benefits and/or have been waiting for extended periods of time on appeals and court dates. My heart really does go out to all of you. I can't explain it, it just infuriates me to read about all of this rejected claims. The one and only thing that ever went smoothly and easily for me was going on disability. I wish it was the same for all of you. πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»

Oct 26, 2015 4:22 PM

I got denied 2 times, awaiting on an appeal lawyer said 16 to 19 months I'm just in my 7th months, but I know God have my blessings.

Nov 13, 2015 2:42 PM

How do I get the ball rolling to see if I can get disability? Do I see Centrelink first or do I speak to my doctor? Need help with this 🌸🌸

Nov 13, 2015 3:09 PM

Wow. So much struggle you guys go through in the US. I was flat out refused last year, despite the assessor lying about the whole assessment. This year I tried again with the help of an advocate. My assessment was recorded and witnessed. This time I was successful.
It's a nightmare that we fight and struggle and have doors closed in our faces when we cry for help. The difference once you are successful is astonishing. All of a sudden, help and support is appearing from nowhere!
All my best wishes to those still fighting.

Nov 13, 2015 3:45 PM

In the U.S.A. unless you have something on the automatic approval list you are probably going to need an attorney. I was naive and thought my doctor and mental health provider saying I couldn't work it was obvious I can't work. So my application was denied they said I have limitations but I can work. I called an attorney as soon as I got the denial. Waiting on a hearing now and my attorney seems to think i should have no problem, I still have no hope or faith.

Nov 13, 2015 6:59 PM

Thanks does it cost for the attorney? Not sure if silly question and approx how much would it cost me to do this?

Nov 13, 2015 8:53 PM

My attorney only gets paid when I when. Social Security has a set amount or fee schedule the attorney can charge he explained it all to me but I don't remember. It wasn't as much as I thought though. I don't really care just would be nice to have a monthly income.

Nov 13, 2015 8:54 PM

When I win...can't blame auto correct on that one

Nov 13, 2015 9:18 PM

Ok thanks for info! can I ask what disability u have? Just curious I have nerve damage down my neck and Bursitus in both shoulders and fibro so am wondering wether I would qualify I struggle to work as it makes me get bad migraines as the pin is constant up the top end of me it aggravates my head and the fibro I just don't feel like walking sometimes and it's hard to lift my legs to dress myself etc? What do u think off my chances? I'm waiting to see pain clinic but they aren't putting me in until March! I have been in life support 3 times this year they think to the amount of pain meds I was on and fibro meds!! I went back to work for 3 days suppose to be went 2 and a half I couldn't manage other half I think I have post traumatic syndrome or anxiety or panic attacks also since my last admittance! I'm terrified of sleeping after this has happened!!:(

Nov 13, 2015 11:17 PM

There are two types in U.S. One is like an insurance policy you pay into. I had not worked in the last 5 years - I was being mommy. Therefor I didn't qualify. The 2nd is based on income and we make too much. Ridiculous but glad that many get help there

Nov 14, 2015 1:20 AM

Yeah my husband would prob be classed as earning to much but it's not enough for us to live on with all the things u have to pay for and then meds aren't cheap!!
Yeah their is a personal insurance u can pay into so when your sick and can't work u can use I think that's how it works!

Nov 14, 2015 1:54 AM

There is also social security for your kids if you get disability.

Vicstar I have severe fibromyalgia (can't be touched), arthritis in my spine, ddd, herniated discs, anxiety, ptsd, and a lot of other things. I have had pain so bad i shake and have seizures. They are still trying to figure it all out. I have been to two pain clinics who told me there was nothing the could do for me and sent me on my way.

Until March of 2014 I was working a fast paced high stress hostile work environment as an administrative assistant for local government. When I wasn't working I was pretty much sleeping.

Get an attorney who only does social security disability. I found mine because i belonged to a group on facebook for the city I was in where you could ask if anyone knew whatever service you were looking for and people would let you know where they had good experiences. Most attorneys will talk to you a half hour free take advantage of that and if you don't click with them find another. I was lucky the one that multiple people recommended seems a good fit.

Nov 14, 2015 5:16 AM

Thanks so much for ur advice Shammagren I really appreciate itπŸ˜ŠπŸ’œπŸŒΈ also what is the automatic approval list? Where do I find this list??

Nov 14, 2015 8:47 PM

Shammagren, where is the auto approved list of disabilities?

Nov 14, 2015 9:20 PM

It is called the "blue book" yes it is on the Ss website if you can actually understand the back and forth references in it.

I stumbled across it on my favorite social security information Web site called Disability Secrets (.com) I highly recommend it and it can answer tons of questions in an understandable format vs the social security Web site. I think i have mentioned it in other topics. When you first see the site it looked like an attorney referrel.

Here is a link (if I can make it work) to information on specific conditions. At the bottom of the list there is another link that takes you to more. The great thing is it tells you for each condition what you have to prove. There is so much great info on this site..explanations of the process and so forth. I seem to recall somewhere on the site saying it was done by someone who worked for social security.


Nov 14, 2015 9:22 PM

Oh my gosh it added the trying so it still doesn't work uggghhhh in a Charlie Brown voice....


Nov 15, 2015 1:19 AM

Thanks so so much Shammagren I will suss this out -awesome πŸ’œπŸ˜˜πŸŒΈ

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