Would you go on disability if you weren't actually disabled?

@sedel1027 (17868)
United States
March 22, 2013 6:56pm CST
I just read this article on NPR: http://apps.npr.org/unfit-for-work/ The journalist went to several cities with astronomically high disability rates. These are towns where many people are not very educated and are on disability for minor things: diabetes, back pain, high blood pressure. There is even an account of a parent keeping her child form getting the helped he needs in school for a $700 check! Some displaced workers were told to live off of the system because no one would hire them. According to this article, myself, my husband and my oldest all qualify for disability. How crazy is that? Would you go on disability if you were not actually disabled?
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@MoonGypsy (4615)
• United States
23 Mar 13
no, i wouldn't go on disability if i weren't actually disabled. i know alot of people who are doing that though. my mother in law is not really disabled, she just faked a medical records trails to make it look like she had M.S. there is nothing wrong with my sister in law, either. she is young and healthy. she fakes being bipolar to get a check. i know for a fact they are faking. i watched them pull that mess off from start to finish. they both have admitted to me at one point or another that they don't want to work. this kind of thing is a pet peeve of mine. thanks for posting. i could talk about this all day long.
• United States
23 Mar 13
It is so hard to live with bipolar disorder and to fake it is a down right shame. that is wrong on so many levels. I wish I could live without it like most people I know. I am here terrified all alone and she could fake it. shameful
@MoonGypsy (4615)
• United States
23 Mar 13
yep. i can't tell you how desperate she was not to have to work. she put her self into some really bad situations with guys over it. until, she finally go this company to help her get on social security. i remember the night when she said she was going to go to the mental to stay because they told her in order to get social security for mental illness, one of the requirements was whether she ever stayed in the hospital or not. i will never respect her for faking to be on social security. her mother is the same way. she even went and had this program pay for her a wheel chair to help out her social security claim of M.S.
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
23 Mar 13
How do you fake MS? There are tests for MS.
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
23 Mar 13
Thing is... a doctor has to deem you disabled. And then when you file...you are almost always turned down and you have to file an appeal for reconsideration. Then if you are turned down, you can get an attorny and then you have to show detailed medical records and the SSD doctors review and determine if you "qualify" for SSD. So...if people are on it that aren't really disabled..it is the doctors fault. No they shouldn't be there, but the doctor said they were disabled and SSD believed the doctors so...who's fault? The claimant for claiming or the doctors for saying it is so bad it deserves SSD?
@MoonGypsy (4615)
• United States
23 Mar 13
i think both are to blame. the doctors are not going to their house and asking them the file for disability. people think of the scam and get up and go do it. it's the one who is claiming fault. bunch of lazy son of a b&^(#!es
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
23 Mar 13
I know it can be difficult to get disability. However, it seem like in this particular article that people are getting in because the Dr who is writing the original paperwork knows what they are doing so people will not be denied. I do not have the article pulled up at the moment, however, in one of the towns almost all of the So I am thinking 1. the Dr knows what to write and 2. the SSDI office that is local KNOWS there are very few jobs for these folks (like the people whose Mill close and were displaced workers) and they are letting folks slip through the chain. Now, my husband was told that since he was unable to do his job in the military he qualified for disability. When he applied he was turned down - even though the case worker at the office said he'd 100% get it - because the Dr said he could still go to work, not just do his job. I have a feeling that is why some people get turned down.
@MoonGypsy (4615)
• United States
23 Mar 13
yes, you see you have to show that you can't work at all. that your symptoms are so bad it stops you from working anything. it may seem hard to get it in some states. in others it's not. in the state i live in all you have to do is get involved with this free program called HAC. even if you don't have a medical track record, they will still help you get approved. that's how my sister in law did hers. they told her everything she needed to do to qualify with no valid medical history. it's a shame. it's a racket. the whole thing is not fair.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
23 Mar 13
Hi sedel...First of all it woild never cross my mind to even apply for disability if I wasn't disable...Now I did not even that the time to read the article ans based on your post it sounds like its just another fradulent act... I mean I am on disability and I am because I truly need it. I mean I did not have a problem when I applied but I know people who have such a hard time to get it, they are denied so many times so how on earth is it so easy in some places than other...just becaue of their location and not their disability...Thats a darn shame....
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
23 Mar 13
In this particular instance it seems like the Dr's are on their side. I have known people who were denied myself. My MIL, for example, was told by her Dr she was disabled and had all of these issues. So she filed, was denied. So, she ended up switching Drs and that Dr found different issues. Long story short, she ended up having 2 minor surgeries that solved her problems, she went back to school and is now employed even though she had pain for years and years from a car accident and that kept her from being employed. I understand why the system is tough to get money from, she is a prime example as to why.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
23 Mar 13
Oh yes, the paperwork from the doctors have a lot with SSD's decision on yah or nay....