I have had back surgery for spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and other issues. I am undet the care of a psychiatrist for unresolved depression and anxiety, adult add, and bipolar disorder. I take several medications for each condition. Other issues as well.
the first thing you need to do is have a good relationship with your doctors. You have to prove that you are unable to function because if they think you can stick smilee faces on kids at walmart, you will be turned down. You can file online. If you have confusion because of fibro fog or something else, you will go in for an interview & some memory test. What your doctors write goes along way. Don't be surprised if you get turned down the first time you file. It can drive you crazy. If you are turned down, then talk to an attorney. I know an excellent attorney. He has not lost a case (as far as I know). An attorney can not tell a doc what to write. However, they can ask the right questions. You will probably have to pay the doc for writing the letters. In my area, the cost is usually between $100 to $300. They try to find anything to turn you down so be patient & get your doctor to explain why you can't do any job.
Examples are you can stand only _____ amount of time & I can only sit _____ amount of time without lying down. Ect. Good luck & if you need any more info, I will ask my attorney. I have him on retainer (i fed him the first 18 years of his life because he is my son & this is what he specializes in. I wish you the best
So true. You are usually turned down the first time around because they want to see if your going to fight for what you need and you usually do need an attorney to help because it can be a confusing mess to go through all the paperwork. Most attorneys will represent you on the idea they get a fee at the end which is approved by Social Security so that you don't get overcharged which many are good for unfortunately mine was great though. I wish you the best of luck and you will have to have a lot of patience with this especially if you don't get an attorney. Good luck, marjorie zych
I'm still fighting for my disability to be approved. Even having a surgeon stating I'm completely disabled, unable to work, need additional surgery to correct my spine, it still got turned down. I can't even drive a car. I suffered burst fractures in my spine, nerve damage and spinal cord damage. It's such a racket. If the doctors they send you to disagree with your doctor, they'll side with the doctors they pay to check you out. Sorry to sound cynical, but that's the way it is. I too have an attorney who's never lost a disability case. But I shouldn't have needed one in the first place. The most important thing is to send them as many medical records you can find that will back up your claim. So many people file for disability the system has become over burdened. The legitimate cases have gotten pushed back and are usually denied first time around. You also need to wait until you get the first denial before an attorney will hear your case.
When I got turned down, I called an attorney who told me, "Turn to the last page of the Notice of Action (denial letter) and read me the last 2 paragraphs." I did that and he laughed out loud and said, "I'll take your case, no problem! Even the state says your disabled!" Huh?? Then why was I turned down? Sorry to rant but it's such a frustrating racket! My case has been going on for almost a year now. My condition is deteriorating and still no hearing date has been set. I hope and pray you have better luck than I had.
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