Re: Tips on SSDI approval!
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.
Last edited by emeadows; 06-12-2011 at 11:50 AM.
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