I posted about a week ago on this board about what Im going through and then today I received a call from my local ssdi office requesting to know where i am being seen to treat my condition (i wrote it down on paper).Is this common?I only did my first appointment and application on 10/04/10.on the 5th ssdi sent out (2)function report 1 to me and one to my boyfriend (i said they could contact him regarding my condition).All the forms are filled out now and being sent out tmrw.The lady i spoke with from the local office was very nice.is she my caseworker?the one deciding whether i am disabled or not?i am confused....please any help or suggestions r greatly apreciated
Just means that they are going to contact everyone who are treating you now for a copy of your health/treatment records.
If you have Drs from the past, I would also have your lawyer contact them for any medical/treatment records since they will also have dates on file which could be helpful in your case.
thanks for your post.I went to my pcp doctor today for a referral to a pain management dr for my back and neck.he said he has to have me do a xray of my entire spine.so i did that today....how painful!!!an hour!neways.do i let my 'caseworker'(if thats what she is )know that i did the xrays?i have done xrays in the past but not since 2008.im assuming they need updated records?
Also i am moving the end of this month a county over....is this going to affect my case at all?any help is appreciated!!!Thank u
Moving a county over should not effect our case unless the ALJ doesnt represent that area. Bigger cities will have more then one ALJ and then the area is assigned to a ALJ to represent that area assigned. This may or may not help if you know your judges name
Please keep the SSA notified of any changes in your address, phone number, banking info if it changed. I have read on other posts that some people get direct payment and that payments for SSDI was deposited before ever getting a award letter.
Me, I can not remember if I gave that info to SSA since it was back in 2007.
Had my ALJ hearing in August with a lawyer, still no news. Definately keep SSA notified of any changes in your living situation and also keep copies of records for yourself when it comes to medical info.
thanks for the info!!!:-)
Im in the first part of the process.yesterday i got a full xray of my spine.they said the one from a couple years ago needed to be updated?
I gave the info to my 'adjudicator' and all my paperwork they sent me got sent out yesterday.i talked with my lawyer and she was informing me that the majority of people applying right now are getting denied.not very good news i guess although i do have multiple conditions and all the medical info to back it up plus 4 attempts to go to college with NO credits obtained and over 50 jobs in the last ten years...longest was for 6 months about 3 years ago.who knows....i guess ill just keep praying.:-(
You are in the beginning stages of the process...the Adjudicator/Claims examiner needs your most recent medical records...in the past 90 days...The Disability Examiner or Claims examiner is the person who handles and manages your claim at the DDS office. This is the person who you can call to get updates on your claim status, or the person who might call you if there is any missing information on your application.
In most cases, after all necessary information is collected by the disability examiner, your medical records are then summarized by the examiner handling your claim, and routed to one or more medical consultant(s) for review. If you are alleging a physical disability, it will be routed to a medical doctor who might or might not hold a specialty. If you are alleging a mental disability, you claim will be summarized and routed to a psychologist for review. Or, if you are alleging a combination of both physical and mental impairments, your claim will go to both MCs, and each will enter his/her findings separately.
Medical consultants – which include medical doctors, physicians, specialists or psychologists-- serve as direct staff to or contract with the state DDS. They are usually housed in the DDS offices. A Medical Consultant will either handle claims of all examiners assigned to a particular unit, or they will review claims agency-wide, based on their specialty.
Their duty is to use their professional expertise in determining the extent of a claimant’s functional ability in light of his or her medical condition(s). These doctors and psychologists never see you in person so they must rely solely on your medical records (MER) in file to assess your limitations.
After a review of the summary provided by the examiner and your medical records, the medical consultant (MC) will either concur with the disability examiner or revise the summary findings based on their judgment. In some cases, they will send the case back to the examiner and request they collect further medical information or they may require the results of certain medical tests or psychological assessments be performed before they issue a final assessment on your functional abilities.
When the medical consultants have completed their review of your file, the case is then forwarded back to disability examiner who then assesses your vocational/work history. Based on the level of your restrictions as determined by the physician or psychologist, the disability examiner looks at your past work history to determine whether you can or cannot return to your past work. If your medical restrictions indicate that you can not, based on the specific requirements of that type work, the examiner then has to determine if you can do any other type of work, based on your age, educational level and physical and/or psychological limitations.
If it is determined that you cannot do your past job or other work, your disability claim will be “allowed”. If you can do your past work or can do other work or it is determined that your disability is not severe or not expected to last at least a year or that your severe condition will resolve itself in less than a year, then your claim will be “denied.”
wow. (hipzepppi) the above post was right that 's what happens . I was wondering I was told to go thru my lawyer when ever I got medical updates like test exray dr's. visit ect. how come you go straight to the (adudicator). maybe everycase is different and every state is different. Good Luck to you everyone thinks they have what it takes to win right off but please what ever you do don't give up. keep appealing.
I am still at the initial stage...there has not been a decision in my case as of yet...i havent hired a lawyer yet either...i was told by many to wait till my first Denial...but in hopes that its an approval first...I spoke to my adjudicator today I asked of she could do a Compassionate Allowance for my case...there has been a new law that has passed..on Oct 13 2010...it will be in affect on Nov 12, 2010.
It changes the way the Adjudicator makes thier decision...they as of Nov 12, 2010 ndo not have to consult with the Dr's down the hall...read...and remember everything im doing for my case you can do it too...you have access to your Adjudicator...
[Docket No. SSA-2008-0041]
Disability Determinations by State Agency Disability Examiners
SUMMARY: We are revising our rules on a temporary basis to permit State
agency disability examiners to make fully favorable determinations in
certain claims for disability benefits under titles II and XVI of the
Social Security Act (Act) without the approval of a State agency
medical or psychological consultant. These changes apply only to claims
we consider under our rules for quick disability determinations (QDD)
or under our compassionate allowance initiative.
DATES: These final rules are effective on November 12, 2010.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Schoenberg, Office of
Compassionate Allowances and Disability Outreach, Social Security
Administration, 4692 Annex, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD
21235-6401, (410) 966-9408, for information about this notice. For
information on eligibility or filing for benefits, call our national
toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213 or TTY 1-800-325-0778, or visit our
Internet site, Social Security Online at http://www.socialsecurity.gov.
The electronic file of this document is available on the date of
publication in the Federal Register at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/
Our Current Rules
Under our current rules, a State agency disability examiner and a
State agency medical or psychological consultant generally work
together to make a disability determination at the first two levels of
the administrative review process for adjudicating disability claims
under titles II and XVI of the Act.\1\ The members of the team are
jointly responsible for the determination.\2\ Except in prototype
States, a State agency disability examiner may solely make a disability
determination, without consulting a medical consultant, only when there
is no medical evidence to evaluate and the claimant fails or refuses,
without a good reason, to undergo a consultative examination.\3\
so a ajudicator is Not the same as an examiner???Is it too early in my case to call for the compassionate allowance???I dont want to get her mad or anything.Thank you for all the knowledge everybody ....you all make this less stressful
I'm sorry to dissapoint you, but I think you might misunderstand what a co
Compassionate Allowance is. What it is, is a list of conditions that SS determines is SO SEVERE that they can approve them quickly. Usually in weeks, vs months. You can go to their website to view the listings eligible for Compassionate Allowance. The change in November is that they won't have to send those claims to the doctors to review as they have already been determined by them to be severe enough to qualify.
Again, go look up the medical conditions that are eligible for Compassionate Allowance. Maybe you do have one of them, I just didn't know if you misunderstood and didn't want you to get false hope.