I will do it again tomorrow. This will be a good thread for everyone to refer back to when this question arises. Best to have it in one central location for everyone to view instead of having things scattered out all over healthboards in various threads. I have also bookmarked this thread so I will be able to direct anyone new who asks this same question in the future to this one SSDI master time-line thread. For it to work, we will need everyone who has already been approved to participate even if you might have listed this in another thread previously.
Here is my timeline. I am still waiting for a Federal Court date on my first case.
Dec. 2007 - Became Disabled
May 2008 - Filed for SSDI
Jun. 2008 - First Denial
July 2008 - Denial on Reconsideration
Jun. 2009 - Hearing with ALJ
Sep. 2009 - Denial Letter from ALJ (Appeal filed)
Mar. 2010 - Denial Letter from Appeals Council
Apr. 2010 - Hired Specialized Attorney to take the case to Federal Court Level
Feb. 2010 - Filed for SSDI
Apr. 2010 - First Denial
Aug. 2010 - Approved at Reconsideration Level
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July 2008 - became disabled
Jan. 2010 - applied for SSDI (was on STD over a year)
SSDI attorney = Allsup (very happy with them) although I did consider a local attorney.
July 2010 - First Denial (appealed)
March 2011 - 2nd denial (appealed)
May 2011 - Appeal Documents submitted to ODAR and request for OTR
Aug. 2011 - approved for SSDI (OTR) so I did not have to appear before ALJ
Total time from initial application to approval = approx. 20 months
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1. Aug. 2011 approved for SSDI
2. Approval letter Aug. 2011 (17 days after approval)
3. Backpay received Oct. 2011 (approx. 2 months after approval letter)
4. Oct. 2011 - Received SSDI Notification of award letter (10 days after
5. Oct. 2011 - 1st monthly SSDI deposit (2 days after award letter)
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Became disabled 10/2002
Applied For Social Security-1/2003
1st appeal for reconsideration 3/2003
Got lawyer, 2nd Appeal-7/2003
First ALJ Hearing-9/2005
Second Appeal- 2/2006
Second meeting with ALJ(same judge as first)-7/2007
Third Appeal, Federal level- 11/2007
Third meeting with ALJ (different judge)- 10/2008
Approval letter Fully Favorable- 2/2009
back Pay-Money showed up in my account- 10/2009
award Letter- 11/2009
Monthly SSD started showing up regular 11/2009
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Your SSDI journey stepmum54 has been incredible after reading your timeline. This shows you must stick to your convictions if you are truly disabled.
How many months of backpay were you awarded? I received over 30 months of backpay.
Hi BlueSkies, thanks, I hope this does help others face the realizm of the Social security system. It was a tough battle, 6 long years, that caused the end of my marriage, with all the stress. I ate through my retirement, lost my house, couch surfed, with 2 kids in tow.
there was no way I could work, i did try a couple times, but fell ill and lost my jobs. I really hurt for those folks that are disabled, with no family or savings, that is even harder.
We are great now, i got Backpay SSD for the whole 6 years.I was lucky I made 50,000 a year in the printing business for 25 years, so i paid into a lot of SSD.
I woke up one morning, checked my bank account, and 121,000 was in my account, YEPEE, still makes me happy. I bought a new SUV, got a condo, paid all past due bills, and put a little aside for kids college fund. I really think thats why SS fought me so long, did not want to pay me a monthly benefit of this amount.
So folks there is a light at the end of the tunnel, do not give up, you can't afford it.
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