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Old 08-14-2008, 03:52 AM   #1
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We FINALLY got our backpay from SSDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yesterday morning, when I check our account, I almost could not comprehend that our back-pay was finallly there!!
I hope this gives everyone hope who is waiting.
Here is a timeline of how things went for us,to help anyone else:
January 2006-Filled for Social Security disability (4 heart attacks at age 45,
and heart function down to 22%)
June 2006-First denial
December 2006-Second denial
January 2007-Hired lawyer to represent us,filled out all paperwork
March 2008-Got letter to come down to local SSA office with income
verification for spouse and to bring tax returns
April 1,2008-Found out was approved, by chance because they are now
randomly selecting cases awaiting a hearing and reviewing them
to cut down the back log.
July 3,2008-Got 1st SSDI monthly payment
August 2,2008-Got 2nd SSDI monthly payment
August 13,2008-Got SSDI backpay for January 06-June 08 (minus 5 months
and lawyers fee)
We have not gotten the breakdown yet on what our lawyer took and anything taken out of our backpay, by the amount we are assuming he got the 5,300 they are allowed to take, that is not right, considering we had no hearing and he had to do no legwork for our approval---But, we are so happy to be approved and have our backpay,enough to pay ALOT of what we owed.
I want to wish everyone else luck, and tell you all it will happen for you!
I hope this gives hope to others!! -Rachel
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Old 08-14-2008, 04:54 AM   #2
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Re: We FINALLY got our backpay from SSDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so happy for you!!

Technically yes the lawyer is entitled to 25% or 5300, whichever is less I believe even if you filed the papers initially yourself and went through appeals. I filed my own papers and got an rejection before getting a lawyer and they still got their payment though not much since it was quick. you still may get a bill from the lawyer for paperwork, which I don't think is right, but happens. If it's a large amount contest it with the SSA. In fact because you won be review you could just go ahead and call SS and find the exact amounts or request a breakdown letter. They may have adjusted it already.

I'm not a tax person but I know that that income is taxable depending on the total family income so please be sure to keep some money set aside for tax time or take a moment and talk to a tax consultant if you got a large sum as I'd hate to see you end up having to pay and not having the money to do so. Someone posted a year or so ago that there's a way to do back taxes so the amount is less so again I defer you to a tax specialist.

Again I'm so very very happy for your family. I know how the wait and the denials can be so emotionally painful. I hope this helps your family.

Oh by the way, I won the same way you did! Lucky aren't we? 1 in 5 cases are audited, mine was and the auditor approved me. I had called my bank one day to see how much money I had to buy some food and they told me this large amount, I asked huh? They told me it was noted SS Admin so I called and yep I was approved. about 3 months later I got my letter LOL! My process took about 11 months thank goodness.

Doing a happy dance for you!
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Old 08-14-2008, 05:01 AM   #3
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Re: We FINALLY got our backpay from SSDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for all of the info. I really appreciate that! I also am glad to hear that another person was approved the same way-that gives hope for others who are waiting on hearings. Maybe ,they,too, will get approved the way we did!
Congrads to you also! -Rachel
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Old 08-14-2008, 06:51 AM   #4
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Re: We FINALLY got our backpay from SSDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats! Posts like this give the rest of us hope!

 
Old 08-14-2008, 11:21 PM   #5
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Re: We FINALLY got our backpay from SSDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations Rachel and hopefully some of the others that have been waiting will hear some positive news, too.

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Old 08-15-2008, 04:29 AM   #6
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Re: We FINALLY got our backpay from SSDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hi rachel,

congrats! iam happy for you and your family. I am glad its over for you. I am still waiting on my backpay. I hope to hear something soon.


Good luck

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Old 08-15-2008, 05:04 AM   #7
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Re: We FINALLY got our backpay from SSDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If I did, you should very soon,jscw66----we were in the same boat,in about the same timeframe.
I know you will hear something soon,hopefully (fingers crossed) next week!
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers,let me know when you get yours!
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Old 08-15-2008, 03:59 PM   #8
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Re: We FINALLY got our backpay from SSDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks rachael,

I will let you know as soon as I get it.

 
Old 08-25-2008, 04:48 PM   #9
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Re: We FINALLY got our backpay from SSDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi,


I am still waiting still no word from SSA regarding my backpay. I am very angry with theses SSA pepole why they are taking so long with my case.


wish me luck

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Old 08-26-2008, 04:06 AM   #10
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Re: We FINALLY got our backpay from SSDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I cannot believe you are still waiting!
There is no reason for it at all!!!!
I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers, Good Luck!!!!!
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:16 AM   #11
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Re: We FINALLY got our backpay from SSDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks Rachael,

I am very tired and exhausing of this whole SAA mess I want to just get what I am entitled and people who going through what we had to you have a happy ending while i am and everybody going through this awful nightmare.

I been calling everyday they said my file still been work on . that crazy. I am going to call back at the end of this week. see anything change. I hope so.

Thanks

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Old 08-26-2008, 12:23 PM   #12
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Rachel,

Congrats! It took me 18 months and my son 3 months. Their system makes no sense. I have 15 different disorders/diseases and he has 2. My stack of "evidence" was literally 5 feet high. His was a couple of inches thick. I don't know who/how they base things on, but it's a crock. I also had to get a lawyer and did all the work myself. I guess when they see a lawyer involved a person gets approved??? I don't know...my son didn't have one, but then he gets a lot less than me each month because he never worked. Maybe that has something to do with it too. I don't know. It seems like a convoluted system to me. while waiting we had to go on Section 8 housing and food stamps. It was a terrible time. I was sick with no health insurance either all that time. I don't know how they expect the sickest people in this country to survive while they wait on their "backlog".

 
Old 08-27-2008, 03:48 AM   #13
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Re: We FINALLY got our backpay from SSDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

vo-5,
I hear you! The system simply doesn't work. The way it is designed makes no sense, the fact you cannot work because you are ill, and you cannot get healthcare is crazy. I am thankful our struggle is over, but I feel terrible for the people still waiting and the ones who are just begining the process. I hope that by hearing stories like ours, of people who DO get approved, it will give them all hope and they see that it does work in the end. I know by reading what others had written helped me to understand and to be able know that someday things would work out for us too. Glad to hear it worked for you and your son, but sorry you had a struggle to get there. Take care and thanks for the response--good luck to you and your family-Rachel
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Old 08-27-2008, 06:17 AM   #14
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Re: We FINALLY got our backpay from SSDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is great Rachel,I am so happy for you and your family. I know what you mean about the longggg wait.My hearing was in Jan., approved in May and has been at payment center since May 13th. I went to my local office on Monday and they told me my file has been finished since Aug. 20th. It just hasn't been put into the computer for payment yet.Does that mean thats all that has to be done and they would release my money? I haven't even got a first check or know the amounts of anything yet. If they enter the info into the computer can they or will they make a deposit right away? I have direct deposit. I sure hope so, I could sure use the money.Thanks for any input and again, congrats. Glad your wait is over. Donna

 
Old 08-27-2008, 06:29 AM   #15
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Re: We FINALLY got our backpay from SSDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When having the direct deposit, I think the money will automatically go into your account when it is ready. I have heard of alot of people getting thier backpay before thier 1st payment, so hopefully that happens for you too. I wish you all the luck, and keep us posted when you recieve yours, so we can all congradulate you! -Rachel
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