The SSI Disability Fiasco--Part 3

@pyewacket (44036)
United States
May 21, 2007 3:08pm CST
Okay thought I'd give an up-date of my up-dates. First the lousy news. Since so many people felt it'd be best for me to get legal help with my Disability benefit disaster, I started making calls. The first was, since some here had recommended Binder & Binder, one of the leading advocates in Disability cases--so did--no help there...I explained the circumstances but it all ties with that issue of that recent letter I got about the "overpayment" of money SSI claims they paid me for the months of October 2006 to April 2007...and which they cite I owe them $4,910.00. Binder and Binder said they can't do anything until that mess is cleared up... So among other things, I mailed out that 3-thousand page Waiver form back to Social Security (okay actually 8 pages) to verify, that I don't have the financial means to pay this sum back, proofs of my bank statements, etc etc...and it should indicate to these jerks that my benefits need to be re-instated--they should get that tomorrow--I sent it certified so I could track it.. I plan to get through to Legal Aid again tomorrow--couldn't today..but I had asked Binder and Binder if Legal Aid could be of help, but Binder & Binder told me that they. Legal Aid really can't be of help until I can get this overpayment issue resolved first..in other words--they'd tell me the same things that Binder & Binder did Okay some good news...maybe....I had e-mailed a lot of people back on Thursday..including Congressman Joseph Crowley's office...I got an e-mail back the next day and in it was told that a representative from his office, who handles Disability cases would call me Monday--today-- Well sure enough she did, and she asked me to fax over a cover letter authorizing and allowing them to intervene in this issue, and to also fax over that letter from SSI about the overpayment and the other letter that said my benefits were to be terminated...So while home, I did do a letter, but I had to go to the library near me to get it printed up so I could fax it--I don't have ink for my printer!! Bummer--So went to the library got the cover letter printed up (I did it in my e-mail--then copy/paste it into word to print up)--then went to a place to fax all this stuff, then the post office to mail the forms to Social Security...mmm..bit exhausted already..hehe Then I called back Congressman Crowley's office to talk to the woman again, to see if see got the faxed material..not only had she, but she had by then had already called Social Security...apparently someone in the government can get through to Social Security better than us common folks..LOL--She told me that, yes, Social Security has in their possession all the former material I had sent them...probably piled on someone's desk collecting dust...She told me to give everything at least another week, but she would keep in contact about this with me...But maybe, just maybe, since SS got a call from a representative in the government, and a Congressman at that...it just might make SS shake their bums a little faster... Will keep you posted...and please continue your prayers! ;-)
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
21 May 07
I think you shoud hire a secretary and personal assistant to handle this affair. You have my deepest smypathy for having to deal with the government. This is a process that should be quick and easy. lol. If I ever have problems with this kind of thing, I know you are one to talk to now with all your experience cutting through the 10,000 miles of red (super-duct) tape.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
22 May 07
MMMmmmm..hire a secretary and personal assistant..want the job?--LOL
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
22 May 07
Thanks, but no thanks, I can understand quantum physics better than anything (program)the government creates. lol.
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
21 May 07
Oh I so hope that works out for you. It's nice to have friends in high places, isn't it? LOL
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
21 May 07
Well besides this Congressman,..believe it or not I even e-mailed Ms. Hillary Clinton!! Now THAT would really be something if I got a response from one of her representatives!!
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
21 May 07
That's when I would like to be a little mousie in a hole so I could see the looks on their faces. LOL
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
21 May 07
I am glad to hear this, because I was thinking about you and I was doing my research on Internet to find out how I could help you. I didn’t find much, but I am thinking now that we all supposed to know who in this country is responsible for helping disable people. I am glad that you are ok now; at least there is hope that SS will speed the process.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
22 May 07
I hope this speeds things up too!! And thanks for thinking about me ;-)
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
21 May 07
Ok well first of all I do not understand why the legal Side can not get involved with this overpayment that is rubbish they should be able to sort that out for you But I am happy over your Good News I really am and I do hope that from now on it goes up for you Sweetie
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
21 May 07
I don't understand it either...but that's what they told me...even the representative from the Congressman's office said that the overpayment issue had to be resolved first
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• United States
21 May 07
That is soooo wonderful, I forget to tell you about a Congressman. They will probably get it corrected for you. I have a story about going to them one time. When I divorced my ex husband he never paid a dime of child support and I went to the Attorney General to get them to collect, which they never did, they had my case for 5 years and did nothing on it. I on the other hand, had him investigated and found out where he was, even with me giving them the information on where he worked and where he lived they refused to go get him, well not refused just no response to my collection efforts. I had about enough as I could stand when I started seeing commercials on my television about how great the Attorney General was for collecting back child support on men that owed $3,000 or $5,000, I laughed at that amount, at the time he over me over $40,000 in back child support, so I wrote to my congressman. Within 2 weeks I was in court with an attorney that they paid for and was getting a judgment on him for $80,000 (the full amount he owed for their entire to the age of 18 years old). I could not believe how fast they responded and how they resolved the matter in no time for me, I was thrilled. I was happy to get the judgment since he never paid and I knew he never would, it was like closing all the pain I felt for him for all those years that he made me suffer and not pay the little bit he was court ordered to do. This is a wonderful for you, I just know they will get it handled for you. Please keep us updated.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
21 May 07
I guess it certainly pays to have someone in the government to have backing for..like I said..since Social Security got a call from a representative of a Congressman calling them up it just might rattle them up a bit--hehehe--and now they know I mean business!!
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• United States
21 May 07
Wow, glad to hear that you have found some help with this matter. I hope it works out for you, and of course you will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I really do hope that this matter is cleared up for you soon, so you can get back to living your life in a somewhat normal fashion. *hugs*
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
21 May 07
Thank --oh yup--I'd like things back to "normal" too
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• United States
22 May 07
WOW! That sounds like really great news. Hopefully that Congressman can get something done quickly! I imagine the SSI doesn't get too many calls from government officials!
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
22 May 07
I just bet they don't...get calls from a government official....maybe it shows them I mean business...LOL
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• United States
23 May 07
Well I'm so glad!! I sure how it light a fire under their butts. Cause all this is completely insane!
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
22 May 07
Well it sounds like it's starting to move in the right direction, which is very good. I'm sure getting a Congressman involved will make a difference on the case. Hopefully it means it will light a fire under their butt to get things fixed and fixed correctly for you. You'll still be in my thhoughts and I hope it is fixed before you know it.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
22 May 07
LOL--I like that expression..."it will light a fire under their butt"--have to remember that!!
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
22 May 07
Well I'm glad that I could make you smile at least :) That's good to know. I can't believe you've never heard that expression before though.
• United States
21 May 07
Prayers haven't stopped yet, I think you may be onto something good with the congressman helping. I am impressed that you got help that quickly, he must be a good congressman. Wishing you the best of luck....it may make me want to move to NY...lol.
• United States
22 May 07
I just had another thought concerning the deviousness of government agencies.....I think they sent out the overpayment letter just so you couldn't get help legally.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
22 May 07
oneandonemakesix seemed to think that too...that my overpayment letter was a discourgement from me getting legal help--I know that lawyers always charge a ball park figure of about $1,000 as starting fees, no matter what the case is about--
@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
22 May 07
You are in my thoughts as you battle the madness! I think they will give you everything back, and at worst may take a minimal amount out of each further check until repaid. I know they are miniscuke to begin with, but hopefully they will at least get reinstated straight away. What an absloloute nightmare and thank goodness someone in governmenet is going to bat for you and is going to try to get you through this ordeal a little quicker. All the best of luck to you and try to hang in there!
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
22 May 07
I'll try to hang in there--but it's nice to know I have a higher ranking person ready to help out
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@student7 (1002)
• United States
22 May 07
I really hope that you don't have to pay it back. They are doing the same thing to my mother in law but they are taking out $25 a month until the overpayment is paid off. You will certainly be in my prayers on this one. Good luck and I hope that you win. That will teach Social Security to mess with the people that they should be helping.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
22 May 07
Well I hope when I do get my benefits back that they don't deduct any money...by the time I pay off my bills if I have $25 left for the rest of the month that's a lot...
@howard96h (11658)
• New York, New York
22 May 07
Well pyewacket I am glad to hear someone is finally helping you. It is a shame that they put people through all of this. This can really take a toll on a persons health worrying whether they will be reinstated or not. It is not right. I hope your next discussion Part #4 will be the one that says you got your benefits back. You hang in there my friend!
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
22 May 07
Yes...I'm hoping that part 4 will be my good news discussion that the issue was resolved...Thanks ever! ;-)
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
22 May 07
I used to work for the Feds. I know that when congress gets into the act, things do move faster. Any office must answer a Congressional inquiry within 3 business days. That doesn't mean you'll neccessarily like the answer they give, but they do have to answer something within 3 days. Good luck and God bless.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
22 May 07
Wow--that would be great if I could get this wrapped up by the end of this week! Wouldn't that be something....thanks susieq--and I'm way ahead of you....hehehe
@Vizeroh (32)
• United States
22 May 07
heh, that's the problem with SSI. The real people who can't work can't get SSI, and the ones who can work without a real reason get it faster then the ones whom can't. It's like a proven fact. My dad has applied endlessly for SSI, but they won't give it to him. (He's recently had 2 heart attacks in the past 4 years.) But I wish you the best of luck though. You'll get it sooner or later. And the longer they wait, the more back pay you get later.. Which they'll take for the over payment sooner or later.. heh
@mugzy528 (801)
• United States
22 May 07
I hope you get this all Fixed Pretty soon. I'am still waiting for my letter telling me when my Doctors appoinment is when I should have had My dission my now but thats the Government for ya srewing with ya around every corner. They juat dont wanna pay anyone even though you earned it working. Have a Great Day/Night.
@brendalee (6083)
• United States
22 May 07
I am so sorry Pyewacket. I got so caught up in my own troubles but I did not forget about you. I hope this turns out well for you and soon. Its amazing how fast things will go once another agency gets involved. I have a funny little story about that...The snowplow kept running into our mailbox and ruining it. They get expensive to replace so many times. Well, I emailed the village office to complain and the very next day a village crew was putting up a new mailbox for me...no charge.lol.
22 May 07
So far so good hun, and I really hope that you are finally on the home stretch with this and that all this fiasco gets sorted out really quickly now. I will keep my fingers crossed (and my toes and my eyes too)
• United States
22 May 07
congress people do help,mom had a couple on her side. it is amazing how fast they can get through.