Reading some of the posts here I see a few have applied and not been approved yet. It took me 3 years...state had a massive back up of cases. I was of course denied the first 2 times, which I think is about "normal", but when I had a video hearing with the judge, I was approved there and then. I had not yet had my back fusion,it was scheduled tho, but that was a major topic in the hearing..have a few other medical problems that also were in my favor of winning. I also had a super great attorney firm that was always right on the ball with gathering medical info. I was afraid of my age, 43 at the time that would go against me. I know it is a horrid,long wait but it can happen and I hope it does for each of you traveling down that road. For those with children who may not know this, if you win, your children will also recieve a check, about half of what you get, depending on the amount of children that money will be divided equally between them. I have one minor son, so he gets the total amount of half my monthly check. Thank God I won, it enabled me to leave an abusive marriage...without it I would have had no choice but stay...state help would not have been enough to live on. Please dont give up, I know its a nightmare waiting for the hearing but with the medical records it is quite possible to get your due. Happy Holidays to all.