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May 15, 2015 6:15 PM

While dealing with the system for TWO years and being denied three times, with an attorney I was wondering if anyone has any tried and true advice. According to my attorney, I should see a judge this fall.This is supposed to be where most people get approved according to the attorney. I know the guidelines are all on line I have studied them all. Having been in the medical field for more than twenty years I have seen plenty of people that had no business collecting that check. Beyond frustrated. I feel like having an education being fiancially responsible is ultimately held against you. Like somehow I enjoy being in chronic pain and unable to plan anything. I would love to know that on any certain day I could even get out of the bed let alone go back to work. Urghhhh. Going to more doctors is not an option I do not have insurance. No Obama care if you have any savings, 401K or own your home.

May 15, 2015 7:21 PM

LMB, I was completely scared of what was going on with my disability. I would go to a meeting and I would go to a paper pusher and they would send it to a person to some else who didn't see me and deny me or they would have you fill out the form and send it back in and deny you. The nice part about a judge is he is a person who has to look at you. He can see the pain in your eyes. He will ask you questions that you can really tell him answers that really relate to him what your life is like. He has to look you in the eye and hear your story. The one thing that I can say is since you have a lawyer, ask him what type of questions the judge will ask. When I went in, I was all ready to relate everything about me. How my life is going. But it doesn't work that way. The judge does ask specific things and if you are ready for those questions, I you will be able to slip more of your story to him. I think at the end, he give you a little time to let you relate something to him. I think one thing that helped me. I told him that I loved to work and I missed work and it gave me purpose but I just can't ldo it anymore. If I could, I most certainly have chose that option. That is my suggestion and how things went for me

May 15, 2015 7:44 PM

LMB hi, I know exactly how you feel. I've been fighting for disability since 10-20-2007 and it hasn't been easy. After appealing 3 times on my own I decided to get an attorney(2013). I just got approved for my disability benefits May 1st 2015. I had a long waiting period before I even received a hearing (12-17-14) at that time the judge didn't make a decision he requested that I see 2 additional doctors which the state paid for. I would say that the most important thing to do is have TONS of medical records that support your disability because although I've been disabled since 2007 I wasn't going to the doctor on a regular because I didn't have insurance and didn't have any until late 2010 which is why I won't be receiving back pay from2007. My lawyer called me and suggested that I take the settlement starting from2011 otherwise I wouldn't have won my case because I didn't have enough medical records dating back to2007. That's been my journey with the disability filing. I hope all goes well and speedily for you.

May 15, 2015 7:57 PM

I just thought I would mention to anyone who is looking at this section, I don't think it applies to you LMB because of your assets. , but if you don't make enough money to go to doctor, I just have helped many people get help through their local hospital. They usually own several doctors offices in their area. Most of the time if it is a public hospital and you can't get Medicaid, they usually have a charity program. You apply and they give you services to their hospital (labs, X-rays,ect.) and you also get acces to their doctors. They usually approve you for 90 days to a year but you just reapply. This could help if you need help to get your disability. I just thought I would share. I am currently helping my friend with that right now. He is approved for a year.

Aug 21, 2015 5:14 PM

I was recently denied my disability for the first time. Now when I file the appeal, do I need to include my journal or should I go ahead and seek a lawyer?

Aug 21, 2015 6:45 PM


Aug 22, 2015 5:54 AM

Seek a lawyer I got denied the first time and than I got a lawyer the second time now I'm waiting on a appeal I have fribomay, and I had fusion in my lower back do anybody think I have a chance getting SSID I'm 49 years old what do ya'll think?

Aug 22, 2015 7:05 AM

It's exreamly difficult to get ssi disability. MAKE SURE U GET YOUR RECORDS FROM EVERY DOCTOR YOURSELF LAWYERS WON'T DO IT EITHER WILL YOUR DR'S EVEN THOUGH THEY SAY THEY WILL .YOU HAVE TO BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE TO YOUR CASE . I've gone through the whole thing myself with no help from lawyers after 5 years of denial of my case I got hurt in 2006 lower back legs nerological problems with r leg. Filed again and then received it. Only to get 10 Months back pay THEY REALLY SCREW WITH YOUR HEAD.

Aug 22, 2015 11:47 AM

Thanks I'll take all that into account

Aug 22, 2015 11:54 AM

I used Allsup as my advocates and just had my hearing 2weeks ago. Since using this app for a year I printed out all my entries and brought them with me to the hearing to show the frequency of my paineven though I didn't seek ER visits because I am a Vet and the closest VA is an hour away. That was one of the reasons I was denied. I was approved last week. I would suggest doing the same thing to prove how debilitating your disability is

Aug 22, 2015 11:56 AM

Thank you DonaldBarstow

Aug 22, 2015 4:07 PM

Thanks everyone for the information

Aug 23, 2015 6:24 PM

Who think they have a chance getting there disability for lower back fusion, fribo, and knee surgery.

Aug 23, 2015 6:25 PM

God said he have my back!

Aug 23, 2015 8:27 PM

Profiler I want to add, as I am stuck not being able to work, if you have state insurance, medicade, it is harder to get the xrays, mris, specialists and so forth. I go to the dr constantly and she is great but medicade requires that you exhaust every other option before going those routes. For example my spine has been hurting and popping the last year no muscle relaxers or pain killers help, then it was therapy which irritated it. Last tuesday when I went in to the dr I focused on one spot in my spine that is killer. Then I got a lidocaine steroid shot directly to the spot and it did nothing so she sent me for an xray which shows I have DDD. As every option was exhausted medicade approved the preauth and mri is tomorrow. Looking forward to hopefully getting an answer. I should have stayed on top of it better so that could have gone quicker. I know my entire spine hurts but baby steps.

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