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I was approved!!!!!!!

4jkasper44jkasper Posts: 231
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Health Insurance Issues
I got a call this morning from SSD wanting to get my bank information, I said why was I approved and she said yes I was. Iam sooo relieved, it took only 8 months, I see where some people took 2 to 3 years and I was afraid it would take that long, I didn't use an attorney either.
Ya know, on one hand Iam soo happy but one the other it hits home that yes Iam disabled!One thing that is hard to swallow for me.But financially it is a blessing.
So, for all of you out there fighting to get SSD, it does happen.I hope things go as smooth for you as I feel it did for me.
Jeanette #:S


  • I am glad things worked out for you

  • You are very lucky especially since you are under 50. I have been waiting for 1 1/2 years now and have about another year to wait for my hearing.
  • and yes, I feel VERY blessed that it hasn't taken very long. In fact I was shocked to get that call, to be honest I thought I was in for a much longer wait!!!
    J.J.Grey, Iam sorry you are having to wait and go through a hearing, I was lucky not to have to go that far. May I ask your age???I do wish you all luck and hope the process speeds up for you...
  • I'm-very-happy-for-you.-Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Congratulations!
    Don't forget - any children under the age of 18 (or were under the age of 18 at the time your disability began) are also eligible for monthly benefits - that is if it is Social Security Disability, and not the Supplemental Security Income...

    8 months, huh? That was fairly quick! Congrats again!

  • I did make sure my 2 kids were signed up also so we will be getting $ for them also, Iam getting the max allowed for the family!
    It is funny when she first told me what I would be getting it was $200 less than what I was supposed to get and I told her that it was not the right amount...
    jeauxbert, do you have any idea how long after they say they release the funds that you get your money, Iam just curious.
    As for the 8 months, I was really surprised after hearing people taking 1-2-3 years...I didn't even have to go see one of their Doctors. It is an awesome surprise.My father in law had half of his stomach taken out, 1 kidney, spleen and he took longer to get approved than I did. Makes you wonder why doesn't it???Don't get me wrong, Iam not complaining! :D
  • The thing about disability claims is that although the rules are the same for each case, every case is different. People are different. Impairments are different, and affect people differently. If someone has had surgery, SSA has to assume the claimant's overall condition will improve within 12 months of surgery.

    Pain (as you know) is very subjective. A pain level of 3 or 4 for me could be a pain level of 8 or 9 for someone else; or it could be a 1 or 0. People are just that different. Sometimes, ONE WORD a doctor chooses to use (and maybe out of context at that) could affect the outcome of a claim.

    BY LAW, anyone who is submitting information on your claim (whether it be a doctor, hospital, employer or judge) has 30 days to do so. Once a decision is made on your claim it goes to Balitmore, MD for the office there to work out payments, children's benefits, etc. So, theoretically, it could take anywhere from 45 - 90 days after your decision has been reached. It could also take 1 to 2 weeks. Just depends on the dynamics of your file and which cost center is working it.

    I think Paul got his fairly quickly, if I am not mistaken...

    Hope you have that same luck!

    Take care!

  • Congrats, Jeanette. I understand the conflicting emotions, I am sure most of us would/will deal with them. I am new and perhaps missed some things, but I wondered where you live? I wrote under the Insurance post that I had recently had my SS evaluation, and felt it went really badly. However, I was encouraged by several great members here, Oriah, Mrs. Jan, JJ Grey, that it doesn't necessarily mean that I'm done? Oriah mentioned she was from California who was so backlogged they were sending claims to Utah, and I said I was from Mo. - whom they heard was even more backlogged, and sending claims to California? That is so depressing, for it doesn't seem promising.

    Jeaux, I've also heard about your experience with the SS, perhaps you can fill me in briefly on your opinion? Is this weak economy going to hurt those of us who are presently waiting? I've been waiting since May of 2007 when I went to the lawyer. I was turned down immediately, but the second time I was called soon after to see the SS doc.

    I am going to see if my primary doctor got any kind of a report? I didn't realize I was supposed to sign up for that. What am I to do? I have my entire cervical neck fused (two different surgeries, for the cadaver bent and then I needed hardware, plus the two underlying discs were compromised by then. Now I am having problems with the first of the T?? so my surgeon was only a cervical spine specialist, and I must go elsewhere for this. (he did say that the heavy weight on the underlying discs would probably need repair every few years, and already I have a numb arm and hand during the night. On top of it all, I have scoliosis in my lower spine, radiating to my hip and down my leg, sometimes my knee giving out? The scoliosis is pulling my left hip inward and giving me pelvic problems, etc.

    I feel badly for I know there are many other people who need this probably worse than me, however I cannot work, nor have I since 2005, and I've been staying away from the doctors simply because I cannot afford it...and the meds are even getting too expensive, so I pick and choose? My lawyer expedited my case for this reason. Any advice is so appreciated.

    Again Jeanette, I am happy for you.
  • Did you know that you must be under the continual care of a doc for your condition under the SS rules? I got a call a few weeks ago from my attorney telling me that my case was sent to Texas (I think) where my file will be put together for the administrative law judge in order to expedite the process. This will move my hearing date up by 6 months. They are doing this all across the country in order to get through the back log of claims so I will have to assume that something like this is happening in your state also. If you would like a copy of the SS docs report, contact the person at SS that is handling your case. Your doc will not have a copy if you did not request that a copy be sent to him. Good luck and keep your chin up. It will work out. Please take a look at this site. It may help you.


  • Thanks so much JJ. I will try to contact the SS officer as you suggested. I have been seeing my reg. doctor monthly, but I will make an appt with the orthopedic doctor soon, for I am really in pain and I did NOT realize that this was a nec. with SS. I also thank you for easing my mind about the cases being sent from state to state because of backlogging. Appreciate the site info too.

  • I live in Washington, I don't know that where I live made a difference or not...I do know that seeing your Doctor often is very important. My Doctor also wrote in her notes to SSD that my condition is permanent and can only get worse not better. She also stated that she advised me to contact a Lawyer the first time I was denied in those notes to SSD, so I don't know if those statements helped my case or not. Having your Doctor backing you up every step of the way I feel is very helpful and possibly made my case go through so fast. Iam only 43 and it took only 8 months to get SSD.Yes, I feel VERY lucky after hearing about the problems others are having getting approved. I wish there was more I could do or say to help you and the others in they're fight to get SSD. All I can say is don't give up and make sure you fill out all of the paper work, cross the T's and dot the I's, make sure you put down any change in your condition however big or small it is.
    Good luck all,
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