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RFC forms for ssdi

john 40jjohn 40 Posts: 190
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Health Insurance Issues
does it really help to have my gp-doc fill out rfc forms for ssdi and summit before 1st denial or approval ?
what dose ssdi think about large lumber dics tears and there symptoms.?


  • i never got that far, but all of my paperwork for disability and handicapped sticks and whatnot were handled by my pain management neurologist.
  • For ssd take in all your Medical records that you have when you apply.Make copys The more records you have the better your chance are.

  • John -

    It's true that it helps your case if your doctor is in agreement and on board, and will fill them out for your benefit. BUT, gotta make sure your medical records back up his statements.

    Also, don't be surprised if they ask you to complete a form called Activities of Daily Living. This form is basically your chance to tell SSA what you used to be able to do and what you are limited to doing today.

    If your doctor charges for filling out these forms, just wait and let SSA request them from him. SSA will - at this point in time - pay to obtain all your medical records without you having to pay a dime.

    Be forwarned, too - if you are not seeing a specialist for your disc problems, SSA will schedule a doctor appointment (again, at their expense) to document your claim. They may want to know things like your Range of Motion (ROM), how you walk (gait), how you stand (station), muscle strength in your arms and legs, whether or not you use a cane (and if you do, they will need to know if this was prescribed/suggested by your doctor)

    How did you come to be diagnosed with lumbar disc tears? What are your symptoms? Do you mind telling me how old you are?
  • my gp doc had 2 med source statements 1 was a 7 page physical (work related activities)
    2nd was what i can phys do and how long.
    she asked me if i wanted to have her fill them out since she got the report from my new ortho-surgeon and could see that i will not be able to work for another 2 to 5 years depending when i have surgery if it works.
    the phys part was very depressing to see what i had trouble doing or could not do (i keep thinking it cant be that bad)the surg docs opinion of mri is very large tear in disc and slight s1 nerve impingement (fusion or wait 2 to 5 years to see if it will heel on its own)
    Activities of Daily Living form= should i wait for ssdi to ask for one or get it and send in now. i have been trying to get all the info they might want hopping it will lesson the time it will take them to make a approval decision
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    Have you sought out an SS attorney? I'm at the beginning stages of filing and will be using an SS attorney the whole way through. The attorney's practice only does SS and nothing else.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • not yet i was going to if i am denied.
    i was reading my jobs PENSION and ANNUITY PLAN it looks like i may be able to cash in my annuity scene i have been off work longer than 6 months (i wish they would have told me 6 months ago).
    and my pension looks like i may file like filing for ssdi and the trustees make a decision on going out on a medical retirement.
    they told me before i had to have approval letter from ssdi first (i have to call them in the morning to see whats up ) may need an attorney for them looks like if i dont file before 24 months are up they dont have to pay back to 6 months after i was off work (kinda sounds scammey)
    i dont no if i can still get ssdi if i take a medical retirement before i am approved for ssdi ?( i no i can after with no deductions )
  • John you have lots of questions that you need to get the right answers to. I would contact work first thing today. Is it a union or private company? Either way you need to speak to someone who can give you clear and correct info. Preferably in writing although this can be difficult. If they can't show you the answers they are giving you in plan documents then I would write a certified letter to them stating what they told you "you said blah blah blah is this correct".

    Be careful about withdrawing retirement money. First because you will need it later and second there are usually big penalties plus you have to pay taxes on it. This should be an absolute last resort.

    I think you are smart to provide as much info as possible up front. Sounds like there should be no question about you being eligible so you have nothing to hide. Keep an open and positive attitude and you should have good results.
  • kris-ny yes union heavy equip operator or was.
    I talked to them today and filled out app for annuity.
    there on the same line for the pension.
    yes they retro pay like ssdi say there is no 24 month time limit to file they think. wont tell me in writing and dont no wear i can get the rules for the game in writing (or would not tell me).
    JEAUX -sorry i dead headed your question(How did you come to be diagnosed with lumbar disc tears? What are your symptoms? Do you mind telling me how old you are?) 45 almost ,mri radiologist,and now 2 surgeons the newest surg looked at mri and say wow ther is a really big tear. the other say very large tear with slight nerve impingement. both say fusion or see in 2 to 5 years if it will heal if i take it easy.say no need for disco-gram its shows in the mri reel nice .
    symptoms ? low back pain .leg ,foot .groin,left side gut ,pain goes from burning to tingling elect stun gun ,hurts all the time from 3 to 9 ,the back of my lower leg and heal are numb witch makes it hard to walk right .siting, standing .walking.more than 20 min is about all i can take
  • So the union will give you a disability retirement so you can collect your pension? That is excellent.

    Any chance you are in NY? I have a great surgeon if you want another opinion.

    2-5 years is a long time to live in pain especially since you are so young. I personally would do surgery at your convienence - meaning look at your schedule and life and decide what time of year is best for you. If I have surgery again it will be when the kids are back in school so I don't kill the summer. Also my son will have his license then so he can help out.

    Good luck with SS. Just keep up on the paperwork since they have deadlines.
  • no not NY would like to go their some time . i am in N.CA by Sacramento . if i can get my finance's stable and insurance stable i think i will do the surgery.
    surgery in summer or winter i don't no never though about when just how soon .
    the kids have been real good i no its been tuff on them and my wife.

  • JEAUX -you are right on line ssdi called to day and say they are sending Activities of Daily Living report for me to fill out .other than that they are requesting my file from the the last physical therapy doc i listed . i had all ready gave them all the others sounded like they may have all ready made a decision and are just going threw the motions :SS
  • Hey John,
    I see you live near Sacramento. I have a really good Ortho surgeon in Folsom. Let me know if you want his info. My only complaint with him is he's a very busy guy and so every time I have a office visit he is never on time.
  • would that be orisek? very good spins lots of time with you explains options well. hard to get to see very busy ,
  • yup that's him. Is he your surg?
  • ya i think hes up to date .he did not give me but 2 options. he is not the first one that did the micro-d he was from davis good surgeon but after care -i am all good because he did my surg. ya right i see why his 90% success rate is so hi if you have prob you go to some one else , i like oriseks shirts i was blown away the first time i saw him .
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