So I've been working with Vocational Rehabilitation Services to try and find a job for me so I can support myself, but yesterday when I went in, my councilor told me "I'm not sure that we can really help you, maybe you should work on getting SSI or disability." So! My question is, how difficult is it? Is there anything I can do to speed it up? What should I expect from the process? Do you have any tips or tricks??
Plan on being denied the first time. Very, very few get accepted the first time. Have records from every doctor that you see. Have statements from VRS and your doctors stating that you can't work. Have the statements detail what your limitations are. Get a lawyer, they don't get paid unless you win. Pray, and good luck! The more professionals you have behind your case the better your chances. And when you finally get to go in front of the judge, don't try to hide any pain, let it all show. If you use any mobility devices be sure to use them, wear a brace some days? Be sure to wear it in front of the judge.
Do not be suprised if the process to finally see a judge takes 3 years. That is how long it took me and I am in Texas. The system is so broken it is just sad. PM me your number if you want to chat. I would rather talk than text.
Yes, I agree with LMB. My Mom had to retire from where she worked because of all her health issues and she got denied twice and it took her 3 year's to get on it, it did help that she had a lawyer and all her doctors behind her. She has 100% disability on her left arm and 50% on her right arm, 3 heart conditions and 3 heart attacks and DDD and bulging and hurniated disc's and arthritis in her knee that had been pinned in-between and truck and her car, she had to have surgery and it's now bone on bone. My mom had all that going on and it took that long so please be prepared to fight and wait.
In Washington state. Took 3 years and I just won March 8 filed Aug 26, 2014. So expect it to take years.
Find a good attorney as it is set how much the attorney can get and you will need one if you want to win.
Expect any Dr they send you to to treat you like a liar and write a report saying nothing is wrong. For example the Dr said I could lift 50 to 60 pounds with multiple spine issues and my Dr said not to lift more than 10. Judge stated plain and simple he did not consider state Dr a reliable source based on my conditions.
Do go to all doctor appointments and make appointments when and if things change. See needed specialists.
Do not work! If you do you just proved you can. Trust me it is difficult I was homeless for a period.
I actually made a list of symptoms and added it to my medical record.
The journal you keep here is basically no help keep it for yourself or to talk to doctor I found the diary and this forum to depressing and have not been on in over a year.
Take care of yourself and do what's right for you. You are the only one who knows how you feel and if you can work. Good luck with all.