I am waiting on my hearing date. Had many of the items suggested to send in with my application. Got denied the first time. I have many health issues. I am from Pa and I have heard each state is different. I know in my state, half the people who apply are denied the first time. And only 65% are approved on appeal. I hope I am one of the 65%. I have recently been diagnosed with a brain injury in addition to my other problems. I am hoping that info does help my case. I have hired an attorney who is a SSDI specialist. My Family doctor has been a saint. He has said for about 2 years I am completely disabled and 3 years ago he said I was partially disabled and needed constant meds to work. I have tons of documentation as well as a daily health log. My boyfriend, who has been there since before all this started, and at least one of my children and several friends, who have seen how drasticly I have changed just in the past 2 years, all all willing to go to my hearing. I do know many people going through this alsone and I can't imagine not having a support system. Congrats to all who have been approved and prayers for all who are going through the process.
I know it has been a while since you posted this and that you got approved, but wanted to make a general comment - If you look at the statistics on how many people get approved on the initial and subsequent rounds of this process, it's really surprising - they break it down between who gets accepted for SSI and SSDI in each state. I was dumbfounded, but approval rates for SSDI are higher than avg for overall....I couldn't believe it, is it accurate?? In any case, if in some states the approval rate for SSDI alone is over 50%, then that is reason to be somewhat encouraged. Was I reading it right??
I really feel bad for people who don't have a support system when applying for disability. From all that is needed to get approved, I think it is extremely difficult to get it without a support system.
I'm not sure what the approval ratio is but when I was going through the process and had to collect money from welfare, I was assigned a disability advocate. A friend of mine is disabled and he had gotten approved for SSI the first time he applied. He was denied from SSDI. I had asked my advocate if it would be wise to apply for SSI while waiting for SSDI to be approved. I was told, off the record of course, that in his experience, those who are approved for SSI while waiting for SSDI had a much longer wait to be approved. He said it could take up to a year or so longer. The up side is steady income possibly sooner, but I believe it is not the same amount as SSDI. I'm sure if this is true, but I do know that with SSI, the process is much faster.
It's crazy how the government takes their time with this. Also, in case you are not aware of this fact, I wasn't until the day of my hearing, they DO NOT PAY YOU FOR THE FIRST 5 MONTHS OF YOUR DISABILITY WHEN YOU ARE APPROVED. Plus, you get your checks 1 month later. Example, I will receive May's payment this month. They send checks, or direct deposit, according to your birthdate. Their website has all the info and they will send a letter telling you which wednesday of the month to expect payment. My birthdate is at the end of the month so I get payment on the 4th wednesday.
Good luck to all who are going through the process. It can be frustrating and very long, but in the end, it is worth it just for the peace of mind.
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