I applied for SSDI June 2009. Within several months I was denied. I appealed, denied again. I have lawyers I hired right from the beginning. A list of lawyers specializing in SSDI were given me by my LTD (Long Term Disability) Insurance Rep.
I had cervical laminectomy a year ago in April. I have no relief in my symptoms and now have further spinal issues, degenerative disc disease caused. Fortunately, my Long Term Disability will continue until I am approved for SSDI. I will be 58 yrs old this next month.
My lawyer sent me an email this past week letting me know the average wait until being seen by an SSDI appeals judge in the Seattle market is 21 months. So, approximately two years from now I'll have my hearing. While it is frustrating I am sooo thankful my Long Term Disability pay will continue until this is resolved.
My wife works and I have health insurance through her work now. I have type 2 diabetes, degenerative disc disease, high blood pressure, chronic plantar facistis and achilles Heal Tendenitis. I just had a Power Chair delivered a week ago. It took about 8 months before my Health Insurane approved the chair. It is a wonderful relief as well!
Anyway, just wanted to post this update.