Just curious if anyone who suffers from the same things as me(anxiety/panic attacks & depression) recieve ssi? I am considering applying & just wondering if i should even bother to...
If you are unable to work because of the disability requiring medications, therapy and inability to function, give it a try. The most important medical records are statements from your current treating physician. Without that cooperation, you will not be able to apply. Disability is for those who are unable to work with a condition that does not improve or is debilitating. It is not for retiring early or relieving the burden of working. Depending upon the severity of your condition it could be accepted quickly without an attorney. But if your history does not involve extensive treatments and hospitalizations even an attorney may get you no where. It takes time, complete reports, perseverance. Your doctor is the first conversation to have. Good luck with your application.
Dear mikeyxoxo, I am 48 and have been on disability since December 09">It was, and still is a very trying experience. I originally applied in 92" when Crohns of 6 yrs+ diagnoses was so bad I could not do daily functions.Could not work at all and guess what, I was turned down. Fast forward to 2004 where I had been working preparing tax returns for an Accountant - part time and seasonal. I did that for 9 yrs, ending in 04'. The last 5 yrs there I could not make it from January to mid April w/out being hospitalized, with serious Crohns, and by then they had found the brain tumor, diagnosed w Fibromyalgia, had had 2 heart attacks, double by pass surgery at age 37, and 7 additional stents needed for more blockage, at different times. A friend told me of ALLSUP. The only thing they do is try to get people benefits.1st requirement, I had to have had no work, at all for 2 yrs. This is Georgia law, and sure it is different in other states.
Then I had to have been diagnosed, rec'd on going treatment, and still suffering from my ailments.
Luckily, what I had to do was give this company the names of drs I had seen since 92', along with what hospitals I had been in. This is where keeping all medical in one folder for each year. Receipts from Office visits, parking tickets, original bills, and all rx w receipts Even drug store bandages if medically necessary. If it is all in one place, you can separate later, So, from April 2004, till Dec 09, I lived very frugally. No money coming in so had to cash in 401k and life insurance policy just to keep my head from being under water. AllSup did it all for me. When they asked what drs I had seen, they would contact them and get info, same for hospitals. I just had to provide basics, and they took care of the heavy lifting. It took time, but we finally got prepared to file in September of 2006, meeting the 2yr limit plus a little more. I was fortunate to have 3 drs, GI, Cardio, and Neuro that wrote terrific letters about my condition. My 1st mistake was trying to do it myself 1st time in 92.
Social Security Dept kept asking for more info, and ALLSup always supplied. They were great. Made it clear this was not the way ro go if you are impatient. The process takes, in general, 2-3 yrs. It is Social Security that drags their feet, and if people get frustrated some will quit trying, so no pay out. If/when that happens and you apply again, you start over, all the way. Once again, these are Ga requirements from S.S. after many worriesome and scary nights, my cushions gone and no work in he future.Got an acceptance letter in late October 09" that benefits would start in December 2009, with back pay from the last day I actually worked, so I got a decent amount, and was able to refile all these medical bills that had been accumulating, because they reto'd my benefits back to 04'. Yes the company gets a cut but lawyers make you sign a contract giving them 33 1/3 of total rec'd. With Allsup, I signed no such agreement, and they settled for 25%. That was 8 1/2 % more for me.Took over 2 yrs and I about starved and did with out so many things we all take for granted, all while trying to combat several debilitating diseases.About every two yrs or so, I get letters asking about my condition. This followup is on me. Therefore, keeping all medical records, receipts, bills, statements etc. comes in handy. I guess because of my age at time of Disability, they want to make sure I am still sick. So many lie, get benefits or do get legit benefits but don't tell them when well. It is a long process, unless your diagnosis is that you may not live much longer. Is it easy, NO, is it worth it, Yes. For you, mikey, or anyone else who needs this, make me a friend, and I will get the info to you about the company that helped me. Gave me no false hopes, charged no money unless I collected (common), and were always willing to listen if I had concerns, and answered many questions. I would recommend hem to anyone. If you are sick and cannot work for the for-seeable future, its worth a shot. There is such a thing as short time disability that might go a little faster. Let me know if I can help, This is one road I am very familiar with. Take care, be well as can be...
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