For Those Who Need SSI Disability Help

@pyewacket (43962)
United States
May 28, 2007 8:40pm CST
Since so many of you know the problems I've been recently been going through with my SSI Disability disaster, in which I was completely cut off, and I'm hoping will be resolved real soon, I thought maybe I'd give some pointers for the rest of you who are going through...uh, shall we say problems?? First of all, I bet a lot of you haven't thought about going to the Social Security Administration website--everything you need to know about first of all applying for any kind of benefits is right there. In other words, you don't have to wait for THEM to send forms to you otherwise you'll be watching your hair turn grey waiting for them to shake their butts doing anything. The main website address is http://ssa.gov/ There's a whole section to click to just on SSI Disability issues. And the great thing too, is that you can get just about every form you need to apply and you can even apply on-line--it is then processed and sent to your local SSA office...but to make sure that they have it..call that toll free number--they give the number there under "Contact" As for forms...almost every form is there and you can download and print it up--the page for forms is here http://www.ssa.gov/online/ If you have any questions about which form...hehehe...just ask me...I probably know better that they do what you might need Hope this can help someone
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• United States
29 May 07
This was very kind of you and I hope that it helps others too. My father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and do you know he was denied disability. That's right, they find no problem with him driving a bus full of kids or electrically wiring a home. These were his two occupations before becoming ill. It is such a frustrating system and I wish you well.
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
29 May 07
Well you can appeal that decision...they have a form on-line for that as well http://ssa.gov/pubs/10041.html
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
29 May 07
That does not surprise me. Just so you know something like 98% of all who applied are denied the first time around. Also depending on the state you live in that battle can be harder. Here in Florida it's an uphill battle due to how many here apply. From what I was told Florida is way behind on approvals and fight as much as possible on giving them here where those who applied if were in other states they'd have been approved already.
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
29 May 07
NY isn't much better really...and be prepared for tests...it's not enough that your own docs can supply these jerks with your medical problems...they need one of there own docs to test you as well
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
29 May 07
I just started the battle and believe me I do view it as a battle to come. I did the original forms on the site for applying. Of course they had to send me more to fill out and send to them, have to do that tonight and get them out tomorrow. I would recommend anyone who is going to apply to be careful how much money they keep in the bank. From what I understand if you have a nest egg it goes against you. I don't know for sure on this but that is what I have heard. If anyone can confirm this I'd like to hear on it. As this goes I might be calling on you for advice. Right now I know the procedure at least at first. I'm expecting my first time to be denied, most are especially here in Florida, and then I have to appeal. We'll see what happens from there.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
29 May 07
Hehehe--once more me to the rescue----you can't have more than a total of $2,000.00 in assets--thought it might be $3,000.00 for a couple--that could be a combo of a savings, checking, CDs, IRAs, Keogh plans...they also count any kind of inheritance, and anything that can be turned and used as a cash equivalent..like your extra Ferrari car, yacht, Lear Jet, that private island off the Bahamas--LOL
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
29 May 07
Hehe I wish I had those but all I have is the jaguar, the diamond necklace and lets not forget the ultra rare Picasso I have hanging on the wall, still looks like a 2 year old painted it, oh wait I take that back it is a painting my niece did at 2 :)
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
29 May 07
Picasso's work does look like a 2 year old did them--oh--I just know I'm going to hear from Picasso lovers about that..
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
29 May 07
Ah, the eternal optimist! Glad to see you are still going! I hope this week will bring a good answer to all your problems. I have been thinking about you a lot. Thanks for the info provided.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
29 May 07
Thank you susieq...I thought I'd post this since I bet a lot of people never thinking of going directly to that website----could save a lot of time and energy
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@onerygirl (549)
• United States
31 May 07
One thing I would like to add is that whatever paperwork you send to SSI, make a copy first and mark the date you mailed it to SSI. I had to refile several forms and after the first one, I was able to just photocopy the copy I had kept and not rewrite it all. Any mail you receive from SSI should be read soon and replied to. It seemed to me that they requested more information every week for about 6 weeks. I was one of the lucky(?) ones who had my disability granted the first time through but I believe it was due to my doctors working hard on it for me. Another word of advice.....check out how getting a part-time job will affect you before you do it. I can make up to $640.00 per month and not have to worry about being kicked off SSDI. Good luck.
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
31 May 07
I do that automatically, that is make copies of all the forms I send..and to keep track of when I mailed the forms I send it certified....then I can track not only when I sent it, but when they received it SSDI must be different then...you can make $640 per month?? Never heard of that...they told me that if I could work I could only make an "extra' $85.00 per month without my benefits being cut.
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• United States
1 Jun 07
I believe if you check somewhere on the SS website it will tell you that you can go back to work but if you make over $640.00 per month, they will count it as a trial work period. After 9 trial work periods, you can lose your SSDI. That is why I never go over $640.00 per month. Actually, I have never got close but hope to someday.
@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
31 May 07
I've already discovered some of what is in the Social Security website, and I plan on submitting my app online. Right now, I still have to send off for my birth certificate since I have never had a certified copy of it. After it arrives I will begin the "aggravation". LOL So don't be surprised if I make a pest out of myself, bugging you with lots of questions. Hehehe
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
31 May 07
Well if I can help with any questions just ask--no problem :-)
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• United States
30 May 07
Or...you can hire a lawyer who will help you for "free" and then you can give her 40% of everything you get! Pyewacket, thanks for the information - I think you should get at least a 5% commission from everyone here who checks out the site (a finder's fee perhaps?) ~Donna
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
31 May 07
A commission mmmm....not a bad idea---hehehe
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@lalav1 (1056)
• United States
29 May 07
Very helpful information. I was on State Disability for as long as I could be for my Anxiety Disorder and then had to apply for SSDI, (it's a lot of work) and I hear many people are denied at first. Luckily I had good doctors, a great counselor and when I filled out the online application which took about 3 hours, ( I had to look up every doctor, dates, surgeries, etc. that I could)my aplication was accepted.
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
30 May 07
My goodness...another anxiety disorder person...LOL...I have that with agoraphobia...although I should say I'm "overcoming" it Have you ever listened to Lucinda Bassett's 15 tape program "attacking anxiety and depression"--it has helped me tremendously considering that at one time in my life I was completely housebound...I still have a ways to go though..not exactly ready to plan a flight to Paris yet--LOL Her website is http://www.stresscenter.com
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• United States
29 May 07
I have been to the website several times. I can usually find the answers I need without to much trouble at all. They are very informative and cover a lot of different issues.
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
30 May 07
Well I posted this since probably a lot of people never think to check up on this website
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@miryam (6510)
• Italy
31 May 07
well my english are bad and i dont understand all............ i'm a disable in weelchair. i'm live in italy, the help oh state and sanity are good...(80 %) but bracause you open that discussion........... thanks myry
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• United States
29 May 07
sweet-when mom had her original battle with them,i don't think they did online..i'll have to bookmark this page just in case.
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@annsweets (2046)
• United States
14 Aug 07
thanks for the information i filed a few months ago,still waiting for answer from them
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
14 Aug 07
Well SSI is not exactly known for it's speed..but good luck !!
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• United States
17 Jul 07
i got court date for my ssi it is august 14th
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
17 Jul 07
Then wishing you good luck!
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@babyangie27 (5178)
• United States
18 Jul 07
Thank you i wish i would have know about checking the site first before all the stress I have been dealing with. My daughter has epilepsy,cerebral palsy,kidney diease,and is developmentaly delayed and they have denied her twice since birth. Finally I got a lawyer and August 8th is her hearing. I so wish I would have cheked out that site before I started,A+ for this discussion!
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
19 Jul 07
I hope you get the SSI for your daughter! And good luck!
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