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What if I'm too sick to attend my SSI hearing?

JEMJJEM Posts: 32
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Health Insurance Issues
The chronic pain is taking over my body, to the point that I can barely walk. I only leave the house for doctor's appoointments, and they are few and far between because I've given up on doctors. I should say they've given up on me. I've seen many many specialists. Nobody can help me, but everyone loves giving lectures on narcotics.

My lawyer told me that I should have my ALJ hearing by the end of this year. My question is what happens if I'm too sick to attend? I never ever have a good day anymore. My doctor just increased my narcotics, and it didn't help. He can't prescribe what can give me my life back. I can't imagine having to get fixed up for a hearing, the traveling to get there. I've got concentration issues. Are there any exceptions made for those who are housebound by pain?


  • Your lawyer could answer that....
  • bigcat90 said:
    Your lawyer could answer that....
    I know, but it's Sunday. I also thought I could hear the experiences of others.
  • would be that if you could not make it there they may postpone it but I am pretty sure that you would have to see the judge before he could make his decision. Good luck.
  • i agree with JJ.Grey,also it takes a year just to get a date for a hearing...
  • bigcat90 said:
    i agree with JJ.Grey,also it takes a year just to get a date for a hearing...
    I'm coming up to a year. I applied 16 months ago, was denied and now waiting for my hearing. My lawyer told me that it was filed or whatever it's called, last October. He told me it could take anywhere from eight months to a year. My condition has become considerably worse since I first applied. I have a friend who was approved. He had severe emotional issues, one being agoraphobia. He didn't leave his house for seven years, and he was a teen into his 20s. A woman came to his house, asked him some questions, and he was approved.
    His story is much different than mine. I'm usually rolled up in a ball of pain. To get it together for an hour is unimaginable to me. I guess if I want to make my case, I'll have to get there.
  • Jem,

    I was reading on the SSDI website and it says if you are unable to attend your hearing for any reason whatsoever it must be pre-approved by the judge. I wouldn't think that your being in severe pain would be enough for the judge to dismiss as exceptable. Now of course there are circumstances like your friend where the parties have agreed up front and the judge is aware of the special circumstance. Same thing with someone in a rehab facility that is unable to travel. So I think you will need to contact your attorney now so those rules could be set into place to see if you even qualify for such a thing. Remember they use soley the medical facts on record. Hopefully your hearing will come about soon. Good luck.
  • JEM:

    I am so terribly sorry you are in such pain. That hurts my heart like nothing else when I hear that statement from my buddies here on Spine-Health.

    HOWEVER, no matter how you are feeling at the time, you have GOT to attend your hearing. Matter of fact, if you are in that much pain at the time of your hearing, it may actually bolster your claim. It's always good to have someone actually SEE you - whether it is an SSA representative or the Administrative Law Judge. Anyone here on this forum who has applied and been denied disability through either the federal government or the state (as opposed to through work) can attest to how long it takes to actually get a hearing. While it can always be postponed, that is just adding additional processing time to your claim.

    My opinion would be to attend the hearing no matter what (unless you are hospitalized...).

    Good luck with everything, JEM. Take care!

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