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SSI and SSDI advocate

So today I started the long process of applying for SSI and SSDI and I got an advocate to help me since it seems if you start with one your more likely to get approved. So I am really hoping that I can get approved and not have to fight for years like some. Just needed to vent and share. So if you used an advocate from the start what were your outcomes and how long did it take? I know it is different for everyone but its nice to see some positive stories.
Acdf C5 C6 12/13/12
Laminectomy and Discectomy L5 S1 12/12/13


  • about the application process for SSDI is to make sure that you have all of your records complete and the reports are all together. The paperwork must state that you are unable to work at any occupation, not just the one that you held prior to your injury.
    There are certain conditions that will be approved almost automatically, if those are your diagnosed condition. Those usually wind up being approved within 6 months after application , provided that you have all of your records together.
    I never had to use an advocate, mine was approved right away, and I made sure to have the contact information , reports, and information gathered before I started the process.
  • Thanks Sandi. I am working on getting all the info together to submit. I am horrible at organizing and keeping stuff together that I need. I am now learning how important it is.

    Acdf C5 C6 12/13/12
    Laminectomy and Discectomy L5 S1 12/12/13
  • Medical records, medical records, medical records. I cannot stress that enough. I had so many records that I didn't have to go see a social security doctor. I was approved within six months of applying. I wish you luck.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
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