SSDI Social Security Disability my husband got a letter that he needs to see Dr

United States
February 14, 2009 9:16pm CST
My husband is fighting to get ssdi, he has been sick and out of work for 3 years now. He had to reapply for disability because his first claim was sent to the appeals council. On this new application it has been a few months and today we received a letter that he will have to go see there doctor for a physical exam and a mental exam. Does everyone that applies for disability have to go and do this exam? What does this mean exactly? How long after having the exams will we have to wait to hear if he has been approved?
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@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
15 Feb 09
Get a disability lawyer fast. It took me 3 1/2 years of fighting and 2 denials before I finally won my claim, until I got smart and got a lawyer... and that was after working for 30 years. Yes this is standard... and the main point is that it is THEIR doctor... and his job is to deny you. As for approval... rub a lamp.... because chances are that this doctor will say there is nothing wrong. Most likely you will get a letter saying that you have to appear before an ALJ for a hearing to determine your eligibility. My claim was denied at my first hearing... and that was with a representative that wasn't a lawyer. A lawyer will send you to their doctor to help make your case. Even then it is an uphill battle. Good luck.
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@irishidid (7476)
• United States
16 Feb 09
Yes, he has to go see the doctor. I've been to plenty of them over the years with my daughter and for the most part its been all right. When my daughter was first on disability she didn't have to go, they just decided her case by what was on her report. When the laws changed she had to go see the doctor. Actually, this is what you want. These doctors are chosen at random and do not work for social security. Believe me, the one time they decided she was "cured" they didn't have us go see a doctor and it was a fight with the appeals. They take forever (4+ years in our case) and it was the second round in front of an administrative judge that finally settled it in our favor.
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• United States
16 Feb 09
They really make people wait. Sorry to hear it took 4+ years for your daughter to recieve benefits. I thought 3 years was bad.
@irishidid (7476)
• United States
16 Feb 09
Sorry, my fault, I wasn't clear. She was already on SSI and had been since she was four. That only took 90 days The four years was the time it took when they tried to say she was cured and no longer disabled. There is no cure for what she has. She may change but she'll always be autistic.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
15 Feb 09
I hate to say this but it's been my experience that it's very difficult to get this award. It took my daughter over three years, but I must say once she got it it's not been hard to keep it.
@Foxxee (3654)
• United States
15 Feb 09
Most everyone has to see a doctor for a full exam sent by them. It's so they can see if what you tell them is true or not. Sometimes it's an easy process, but then sometimes it can be a headache. After the exam, they might still want more information & call for some more exams. Sometimes you will have to have several appointments... But they usually try to get everything done fast, so don't worry to much, it will be okay.. just make sure your husband doesn't leave anything out & he lays it all out there for them. Good luck!
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@mommaj (20951)
• United States
15 Feb 09
I feel so sorry for you. I am going through this process too. My son has autism so it isn't like your husband who was working and now he's not so he could use the money. The government needs to re-evaluate the ssdi because they actually spend more money losing people's paper work and refinding it (seriously, this happened to me three times so far), telling people to go to another doctor and then having them go to the doctor of their choice, and hiring all these people to answer questions that sit and talk on their cell phones on personal conversations. Two clerks have done that to me and I asked if they were hiring in the office because I could use a job like that. Some of the doctors that you see are actually approved by the government so don't give up hope. For some reason it's a fight to get anything.
• Malaysia
15 Feb 09
I 100% agree with your responder no. 3 ~ Destiny007; and Destiny007's response should be given "BR" as the prolific and profound statement made by Destiny007 a real one and very effective to technical and medically support your husband SSDI(Social Security Disability Insurance) claim. I can proof Destiny007's suggestion was a true flow chart process and the following web site as my supporting reading material to Destiny007's saying; http://www.ichelp.org/PatientInformation/TreatmentOptions/FactSheets/SocialSecurityDisabilityInsurance/tabid/307/Default.aspx Observe and read carefully the following : Subtitle No. 6 & 7; 6. What Happens Once a Claim is Submitted? 7. What will enhance your chance of successfully pursuing your claim? I do pray your husband will success in his SSDI application.
@ANTIQUELADY (36494)
• United States
15 Feb 09
yes, i think they do. it just their way of dragging it out.i hate to discourage u but after u do that it could still take awhile or they might do it right away. it took forever to get mine but my neighbor got his in no time after he applied so u never know. just keep on doing what they tell u to & hopefully he'll get it soon.i wasn't impressed w/either dr. i saw but u gotta' do what they say. good luck.
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@jonesy123 (3951)
• United States
15 Feb 09
I don't know much about this, but as far as I know having to see a certain doctor is standard procedure to verify that the claims are true. They just don't trust your regular doctor and want a second independent opinion. My mother has to see this extra doctor every so often for re-approval purposes. It's like the expect the disability to miraculously disappear or to greatly improve. The exam is a standard exam for whatever you husband's problem is. Tests his doctor has already run, probably some sort of fitness and mental capability test as well. My mom had a stroke and the right side of her body was paralyzed. She regained a lot of functions again but walking is hard and with age has become increasingly more difficult. Her arm only got 50% function back and she has a hard time grabbing something. Often she has to help with the other arm. Every exam she has with this special doctor it's obvious that things are getting worse, yet this woman (the doctor is female) seems to expect some sort of improvement, lol. Only in the last two years has she given up on trying to push my mom to do better in the exercises she makes her do like picking up things stretching the arm, bending it back as far as it goes, walking etc. Now I don't know how long it took them the first time to get it approved, but now it's just for the continuation and that seems to be without interruption. I would think that they make him go see their own doctor is a pretty good sign that they want to verify his claims. If they find the claims to be valid they should approve it fairly quickly (fairly quickly in government sense). Good luck!
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@ElicBxn (57922)
• United States
15 Feb 09
I knew of one person who got ssdi, a long time ago - who had to go to their doctor - we liked him actually.
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@camomom (7537)
• United States
5 Mar 09
It's horrible that he's even had to wait this long. It's utterly disgusting in my opinion. I don't know what it means but I hope it's taken care of soon and that they pay him. I also think they should give him back pay for the time he wasn't paid.
• United States
16 Feb 09
I agree get a lawyer! It took my mom maybe a yr or so after she finally got a lawyer instead of trying to apply on her own & go thru appeal after appeal. They will have you examined by a bunch of Dr's like a pp said to confirm your eligability and claim on the matter.