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How will I know whether my application for Social Security Disability benefits has been approved?

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Learn how you will find out whether your application for Social Security disability benefits has been approved, and what do if you are denied.

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Disability Approval Letters and Other Indications of Approval

The Social Security Administration will send you a letter telling you whether your application for Social Security disability benefits has been approved or denied; however, an approval letter may not be the first indication that you have been approved. If you gave Social Security your banking information for direct deposit, you are likely to receive a deposit to your bank account before you receive a letter. So, if you think that it’s about time for you to get a decision, check your accounts every few days for a deposit from the U.S. Treasury.

If you get a payment before you receive a letter, you can either wait for the explanatory approval letter, which may come up to two weeks later, or you can call the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213 for an explanation of the deposit and information about your ongoing benefits or back pay.

Another way you may find out about your approval is by a phone call from the Social Security Administration. If some additional information or documentation, such as proof of your date of birth, is needed to start disability payments, Social Security will call you. Also, if you have eligible dependents, Social Security may call you or your spouse to make application for the children. For additional information about dependents benefits, visit our article “Can My Spouse and Children Get Benefits If I Am Approved for Social Security Disability?”

What If I Get A Denial Letter or a Partial Approval Letter?

If you receive an approval letter that is only partially favorable or you receive a denial letter, review the letter carefully. If you disagree with the reasons for denial or limitation of your claim, you have the right to appeal or have an attorney appeal your application for Social Security Disability benefits. For information about how to appeal and the deadline for appealing, see our article “I Was Denied Social Security Disability. What Can I Do?”

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1,052 Comments

  1. I noticed benefits have been deposited in my bank account from SSID, and some taken out, for I figured is for medicare. Can you please tell me my account confirmation number and how much i will be receiving monthly. I would sincerely appreciate that, thank you.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Marlene,

      Congratulations on being awarded Social Security Disability payments to compensate you for your disability. The Disability Advisor does not have access to your private Social Security account. You can learn your monthly benefit by contacting the Social Security Administration office in which you applied or by calling Social Security’s toll-free number, 1-800-378-1212. They can also tell you how to get your account confirmation number if you have misplaced it. You will also be getting an explanatory letter within a week or two.

      The Social Security office can also explain the reduction, which is likely for Medicare, if you have been disabled for more than twenty-nine months. It could also be a reduction (offset) for overlapping worker’s compensation, certain government pensions, or Supplemental Security Income paid to you (or to be paid to you).

      • Rich says:

        Hello I have been reading information all over the internet and I’m really worried. I received a direct express card today but no award letter also went on ssa.gov and there is no payment balance available does anyone no why ?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Rich,

          If you received a direct express card, it appears that you may have been approved. Often the award letter comes a week or two after the first payment.That said, I would call Social Security to be sure that you have been approved, the amount of payment and the period it covers. You can reach them at 1-800-772-1213. Call when you have plenty of time because you are likely to be on hold a long time before you talk with a service representative.

          Best regards,

          Kay

          • Karen says:

            I got a Direct-express card in the mail,but didn’t get a letter.What does that mean?I’m waiting on my ssi letter,could someone let me know?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Karen,

            It’s hard to say what getting the card means. Issuance of DirectExpress cards seems to vary. Sometimes they are issued only after the claim has been medically approved; sometimes while a decision is still pending a medical decision.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

          • aris says:

            Hi
            I called to change my address with social security and while he had me on the phone he asked me how will I receive my checks if I was approved. I told him the direct deposit card. Within two weeks I received my card along with packets from social security asking me to give more of my work and day to day history. That seemed odd to me. I called and they said they are waiting for my doctors and for me to send in the needed paperwork. It just doesn’t make sense to waste plastic and paper on sending that card and the person is not approved. It also doesn’t help my condition to get my hopes all up and let me down.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Aris,

            I agree that it seems more logical to wait to issue the debit card until a medical approval decision has been made. Perhaps they are trying to avoid delays later.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

          • aris says:

            ssdi question we need help on?
            My sister called the direct express card and they told her as of June 30 she was approved to receive her SSI payment on the card. But she didn’t receive an approval letter of benifits yet. She received the card and activated last month. We went on the card website and it said she was active. But there is no money or pending money. What do they mean she was approved on June 30 to receive benefits on the card? Please help!

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Aris,

            It sounds as if your sister has been approved, but her claim has not been fully processed to generate payment. If she doesn’t receive payment in another week or two, she should follow up with the Social Security Administration.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

      • Patrick Fitzgerald says:

        I had an appointment with a SSD doctor a couple of weeks ago.
        I just received a letter from Social Security stating that my CE Doctor shows a condition that may require further treatment.
        What does this mean?
        Does it mean that their doctor agrees with my case?
        Is this a procedure letter of approval or denial ?
        Do I have to go to more doctors??
        Patrick

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Patrick,

          The letter you received is not an approval or denial letter, not is it an indication of whether you will be sent to other doctors to help determine your eligibility. Instead, The Social Security Administration appears to be notifying you that the consultative examination (CE) doctor requested that you be advised to follow up with your own doctor for additional treatment. I believe that you can sign a request to have the CE doctor’s report released directly to your attending physician, so that your physician can see the reason for the referral.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

          • Patrick Fitzgerald says:

            Thank you Kay.
            I also received notice that my case was closed but sent back to the Social Security office.
            What does that mean?
            Also you were correct about the letter of the CE consultation they just wanted to inform me that they found my blood pressure to be high and needed to inform me.
            Again thank you for your advice.
            Patrick Fitzgerald

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Patrick,

            If the notice that your claim was “closed” does not say that you are not disabled and the claim is denied, then it is just a notice that the medical review has been completed.The Social Security office will review non-medical factors and send you a letter regarding the approval or denial of your claim.

            If it has been more than a week or ten days since you received the notice, contact the local office to ask a claims representative (not a service representative) whether you need to submit anything to complete review of your claim. Also ask what actions they need to take to complete the review. If they say the claim is in the payment center, ask the date it was sent and how much time has to pass before they can send a follow-up request for payment.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

        • Van says:

          Can anyone tell me,? How long I have to wait for SSD letter after my appointment ? I was worry ! I already have doctor appointment with them on 4-30-2014 .

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Van,

            It can take two or three weeks for the doctor to give his report to the Disability Determination Services. Once it is received, all the information in your claim file must be reviewed by the claims examiner and in most cases a reviewing physician as well. This means that it can be a month or so before you will get a decision letter.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

      • Tracey says:

        I applied for disability in Dec 2013. I been off work since 2011 from herniated disk and siactica nerve from a injury at work. They sent me to a doctor February 23, 2014. I called and checked the status on March 5th and it said a letter will be mailed from my local office. Do that mean I have been denied? It’s only been 10 between the doctor examination and for them to make a quick decision.

        • Tracey says:

          Sorry 10 days.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Tracey,

          A quick decision after all information is submitted doesn’t indicate either an approval or a denial. There is no way of knowing whether you have been approved or denied; however, you should be getting information soon.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

          • raynard pruitt says:

            Im 40 yrs old got transverse myelitis (similar to MS) my haering lasted 15 minutes the ve said itrs no jobs when judge asked her 2 hypertheticals then he ended the hearing what are my chances

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Raynard,

            If the judge believes that your medical evidence supports the limitations that you claim and the vocational expert answered all the judge’s questions negatively, then you will be approved.

            Sincerely.

    • Danielle Burch says:

      How long does it take to hear back from ss after you submitted all paper work

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Danielle,

        New claim processing typically takes from two to five months.

        Sincerely,

        Kay

        • marie says:

          To kay this is my first time on this site and I hope you can easy my mind with whaat is the next step i’m facing. I had my hearing date on11/18/13 and the judge said I will have to wait for 30days for written letter. I call the toll free ss# and was told my case was in process reveiw which I do not know what that is. I hope that you can tell me is my case stronger enough to be approve. I am disable I have chronic chf, .icd, open heart surgey to repair valves, depression, heart disease, high bloodpressure, anxiety attacks, heart ef at 30% the next thing im facing is heart transplant if my ef keep dropping. thank you for your time

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Marie,

            I cannot predict whether your claim will be approved. The information you got over the phone is telling you that the judge is still working on the decision. If you do not receive a letter by December 18, you might call the hearing office. They will tell you that it is either waiting a decision, in letter writing (meaning the decision has been made), or has been mailed. If the decision has not been made, you might check back again every ten days; it often takes sixty days to get a decision.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

          • marie says:

            thank you I;m was worry due to age i’m only 45 but at the end of the hearing their was no jobs I could do all I can do is wait and again thanks for the info

          • marie says:

            Hello Kay I have been waiting almost 4months for a decision from the alj . I was told on 3/10/14 that a decision was made and it was pull for quailty review and I was told it is with the decision writer all of the post I read that when it goes to quailty reveiw that means an approval could you please give me your input on the difference in quailty review and decision writers and thank you for your time.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Marie,

            Claims pulled for quality review and be either an approval or a denial. Decision writing means that the decision has been made by the judge and the long, detailed letter that is required to explain either an approval or a denial is being prepared or is waiting its turn to be prepared by the letter writing department.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

    • Steven brown says:

      I was wondering I had a hearing on the 6th of dec got approved got a letter today was wondering when I would get my first Chaco and back time from 2010 that’s how far they went back I was fighting it since 2003 but thank god I got it but I would love to know if anyone here know how long it takes for back time or just a simple check and wat comes first thanks anyone that has a responds!!!!!! Please let me know thanks

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Steve,

        Often the first month benefit is paid before the retroactive benefits are released. It can take a couple months to get payment started with additional delay for the back pay.

        Sincerely,

        Kay

      • Kelly Garces says:

        Hi my name is Kelly I’m not sure I think every state has there own rules but it seems they can take as long as they like they are not in a rush to hand out money that’s for sure but hang in there they say time is a virtue I believe its true but I just feel really bad for people that are terminally I’ll and probably sometimes don’t even see there money before something bad happens I feel like my day could be anyway just because of all my problems but then again could be my anxiety again but hang in there you will here something do you have a layer?

        • Kelly Garces says:

          Dear Kay this is Kelly again I was just wandering about a letter I received from the returement’survivors and disability insurance it said they were enclosing a copy of this letter to my lawyer it talks about the fee agreement between me and my layer it says fee petition process and fee agreement process and there are 2 places for him to sign waiver of fee and waiver of direct payment by attorney what does this mean is this any sign at all or I’m assuming part of the process thank you Kay please let me know I think it is about my layers part of monies I’m not sure I hope it his good news thank you

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Kelly,

            I suggest that you call your attorney to get the specifics of the agreement and petition. At that time you can ask whether he has been notified that you have been approved or whether this business is being taken care of prior to a decision being made. Another option is to contact Social Security and ask them to explain the specifics and whether there is anything you have to do in regard to it.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

            Sincerely,

            Kay

    • tasha says:

      Hi I was just denied for ssi benefits, but I have an ssi attorney who said he will file an appeal, is it possible that I may get approved this time.

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Tasha,

        As long as you are in the appeals process, there is a chance of being approved.

        Sincerely,

        Kay

        • Tasha says:

          Thank you Kay so much :)

        • Marnie says:

          Dear Kay,

          I applied for SSDI on Dec 7, 2013. My doctor suggested that I apply because I have narcolepsy and cataplexy, and we are having a hard time getting it under control, and I was always falling asleep behind the wheel, and I finally had a cataplexy attack, and had a bad accident. The Dr. took away my right to drive until I get the narcolepsy under control, but, I kept working, paying someone to take me, until it was interfering with my job, and I was having “sleep attacks” every day. So, I took an extended leave from work, beginning the 22 of November. Then, finally decided that I couldn’t return. Anyway, on the 23rd of December, I get a call from my local SS office claim rep, verifying my info. He said that I would receive a letter of our conversation in the mail. He also asked me if I planned to return to work. I paused a minute, then he told me that if I did, he would have to go ahead and deny me. Two days later, I got 2 letters, and a packet of information to complete. One letter was a copy of our conversation to check for errors, and the other was a request for my drivers license, income verification, and the Adult Disability Report to complete. It said to call the office immediately to provide more info, and to return requested documents within 9 days. So, I called, and my claims worker said that he had all the information that he needed, that I gave him permission over the phone to get my medical records, and he didn’t need the other info requested either, he had everything he needed, He said that letter was sent out before his conversation with me. I’m wondering why they didn;t need my ID, my wage statement, the disability report anymore??? He assured me that he had everything he needed. A couple days later, I got several letters from the DDS, one requesting my work history from the last 15 years, and a report of how my illness has affected me…one to be completed by me, and one to be completed by my husband. I was given 10 days to return my part, but my husband was only given 7. Since I can’t drive, and my mail is delivered a street up from my house, I got the letter 4 days after the date on the letter. That gave my husband only 3 days to get his back, which meant he would have to complete it right then. He didn’t, and I was 2 days late getting it back to them. I called the DDS and explained to them that I was late getting the letter, and I mailed it as fast as I could. She said not to worry, I had plenty of time. But, the letter said different :( On the 7th day, when the DDS didn’t get it, I was sent another letter requesting a phone call. That was January 17th. They were making sure that I was aware that they needed that. That’s the last I have heard. The status update on the social security website has said that the DDS is still reviewing the medical portion of my claim. It has been saying that since Dec 26. Do you think my late response messed me up…everything was going so smooth till then, almost too fast…

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Marnie,

            I don’t think your being late in providing the information will be a problem. You were only slightly late and you let DDS know that the requested information was coming.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

          • Marnie says:

            I got a letter yesterday with an appointment for me to see one of their doctors. It said the information they had was insufficient or incomplete. I called to verify that I would attend the appointment, and I asked if there was any further information that I could provide (being that it said that my medical documents were insufficient or incomplete). I asked if my sleep doctor included the results of my sleep study. She said they never got a response from my sleep doctor…they never filled out any of the paperwork!!!! The only information that was provided was from my primary care physician (that recommended that I apply for disability). The DDS asked if I would have the sleep Dr return the information that they requested. (I wish they had told me sooner…but, I should have stayed on top of my claim, I guess it’s always good to check if they need anything else that they haven’t asked for). I called the Dr., and the woman who handles that told me that she was too busy, that she was 2 months behind on paperwork, and if and when she found it, she would let me know. I wouldn’t accept that answer, because they are close to denying my claim unless the results of tomorrows visit to their doctor is favorable, but it’s just a regular doctor they are sending me to. My sleep doctor has all of the medical evidence that the DDS needs. Anyway, the woman from my doctors office left the phone, came back and said that they sent the information to them this morning. So, I will just have to wait and see. If not, I may have to go down there and demand my file, I don’t know…I don’t know what records the DDS requested, they wouldn’t tell me. They just said have the Dr return that.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Marnie,

            You are right that it is always best to check to see if the disability examiner has everything you think is important to your claim.

            I suggest calling the examiner again now and telling her that the sleep doctor’s office assistant said that the response has been sent. Say that you will call back in a week to be sure the requested information has been received. You might also ask what they requested so that you can determine if there is something else they might need that they did not request.
            Sincerely,

            Kay

          • Marnie says:

            Thank you, Kay, you are so helpful!
            I called the DDS yesterday before my CE appointment, and the Dr sent the info after I got off of the phone with them. I will call back and ask if they got the info they requested, and if they need anything further. During my CE appointment yesterday, they did a basic vision test (eye chart) in which I was 20/30 in left, 20/70 in right. Then the Dr performed somewhat of a neurological exam (I was in the middle of a sleep attack when he came in the room, so it was hard for me to stay awake during the exam, I was very confused and groggy). Anyway, he just asked me questions about my condition, how it affected my work, performed a reflex test (no reflex response)…observed me walk, heel and toe standing, strength and balance, then he shined this light in my eyes. (well, his nurse did) she said to him “I can see it now” then she looked at the other eye, and looked at him. He grabbed the light, and said to her, “its because her pupils are dilated”??? The light didn’t bother me, and I didn’t dee spots after having the light being directed into my eyes. At the end of the exam, he said “off the record” he felt that that my taking klonipin for panic attacks and Norco for a neck injury due to a car accident was probably the reason that my narcolepsy was not getting better…that I should ask my doctor about other options. I failed to mention that I have had two brain injuries in the same location…which happens to be the part of the brain where hypocreitin is produced. Whether or not that caused my narcolepsy, I don’t know yet. My sleep doctor asked me if I had had any kind of traumatic brain injury, because I was systematic of that. I don’t know if he put that in my report. I forgot to tell SSA. Anyway, what I’m saying, could the norco cause my pupils not respond to light, even though it had been about 10 hours since I took it??? I’m just also wondering what this kind of test proves about Narcolepsy. He did (the CE doctor) go on to tell me that he was putting in my report that I had Narcolepsy/cataplexy, but “off the record” the medication was a concern. I thought the doctors were not supposed to tell what their findings were???

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Marnie,

            Some consulting physicians will tell the claimant a bit about the report they plan; others do not. I suggest that you share the off-the-record opinion with the physician who prescribes your medication. It is important that you quickly tell the Disability Determination Services claims examiner that you have had two brain injuries and that you forgot to tell the consulting physician and don’t know if your doctor’s reports show it. I do not have the medical expertise to answer your medical questions.

            Best regards,

            Kay

          • Marnie says:

            Dear Kay,
            Thank you so much for your kind help :) Is being sent for a CE evaluation usually the last process? I’m sure that I probably wouldn’t have been sent to that appt. had my sleep doctor sent my file within the time they gave them. They had to send 2 requests, in which I finally had to get them to release it. What’s funny, my sleep doctor’s office also sent a copy of what they sent to DDS to me as well. Maybe telling the doctor that I had applied for disability to begin with would have been helpful…

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Marnie,

            Being sent to a consultative examination does usually mean the review process is moving toward completion. And, yes, it would have been a good idea to tell all your medical providers that you were applying for Social Security Disability and that they might be asked for records or other information.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

          • Marnie says:

            Dear Kay,
            I called the DDS to check on my status, and to see if I could provide them with anything else they may need. It’s been over a week since my CE consultation. My claims specialist told me they were still waiting on the report from them. So, I called the doctors office, to make sure the file wasn’t lost in the shuffle like my other doctor report was. The office worker told me they have 30 days, and hung up on me. I was very nice :(. If the DDS doesn’t get the report in a timely manner, what next?

            Thank you,
            Marnie

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Marnie,

            I suggest calling DDS when it has been thirty-five days since the examination. (Allow time for mailing and mailroom handling.) Ask whether the exam report has been received. If it has not, ask the examiner to follow up on it.

            Best regards,

            Kay

      • Kelly Garces says:

        Hi Kay I seem to be having trouble posting my comments I was just wandering how much of my GAF score has to do with me getting approved and my lawyer said maybe my medication alone might get me approved is that correct I don’t want to doubt my lawyer but ibam just curious and this whole process is so hard my anxiety and depression has just gotten worse and I just feel like I’m dying inside felt this way before I filed but now just crying spells so much going on sorry don’t mean to pour everything out I just can put things in words on paper rather speak them not sure why maybe my ADHD could you please explain if my lawyer is right and really what is the GAF score I was scored a 50 will it help me thank you

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Kelly,

          This posting is in response to both your inquiries of April 3 regarding GAF scores.

          Your medical provider’s assessment in the form of a GAF (Global Assessment of Functioning) score will be considered along with all other evidence submitted for your claim. A GAF of 50 is at the upper end (less serious) end of the GAF range of serious limitations and indicates significant impairment. The type and dosage of medications you take provide information about the accuracy of your diagnoses and their untreated severity. However, the effectiveness of the medication treatment is also considered. For example, do the medications help your symptoms enough that you could work or are they ineffective or only partially effective? Do they have side effects that make working more difficult?

          Sincerely,

          Kay

          • Kelly Garces says:

            Hi Kay thank you so much for the info now that I know my post are going through I will give you some more detailed info for my questions I have well have had trouble ever since I was little almost died from my asthma and phnomoneia and had colitis at the same time I was born with asthma i get out of breath very easy just walking a little ways I am on my provental and albueteral I take both daily as needed witch is everyday for my inhaler and my treatments about ³ times a week I was on a lot of steroids when I was little.I also have ADHD my therapist wanted all my school records which my mom kept thank goodness it just shows and showed how I struggle I am on ADHD medication it helps but is not a fix I just always wonder what it is like to be normal but I don’t think that will happen my memory is very very bad I have symptoms from all my meds I’m on and because I am diabetic I have to force myself to eat when I feel I can’t and I have had acid keyodosis at least once a year from certain things and almost died ² years ago and in intensive care I have been on nausea meds for awhile I have so many problems even myself along with doctors can’t tell from what it could be a range of things my meds my sugars my anxiety my depression I am on so many meds for different things my back pain and hip pain I have arthritis and disc degenerative disease and bulging disc and lumbar spine pain butmy meds do not take all the pain away maybe half so iI still suffer I have six children and am trying to stay alive but my body and mind is making it very hard it is hard to put the words in my mind out how I think it I have really be anxiety and I am also on meds clonasapam and alprasalam for that since the year 2005 I have tried so many depression and anxiety and moodstableizers and none worked just made things worse I feel like I am going crazy and I just feel drained I am scared I will get denied I don’t takes no well I take everything to heart I try to avoid a lot of things so I don’t get let down my ADHD has played a big problem besides all my other problems I am oxycontin for all my pain and perksets and meloxicam and methocarbomol they are all for pain and muscle spasms I get them all the time even I feel my insides spams it a horrible feeling I always feel know one listens to me so I’m just expecting to be let down because everything I do turns out that way I’m always tired from my meds and depression but my body fight within I sleep a lot but alot of times I can’t so I just lay in bed I only go to my Dr appointments and do little around the house my nerapathy my doctor says there is no cure for so my legs burn and hurt and tingle and just have to deal with I get headaches all the time and in the er a lot for my anxiety because I always feel like I am dying I try so hard to control it and can’t it wears me down I take about ten pills away which half are narcotics which I take because I have too I was the type of person who never even would take Tylenol because I was on so many when I was little but turns out I don’t have much left from all my surgeries and sicknesses in my life I really hope they don’t just take my claim and toss it aside and I feell for everyone on this sight and I will pray for all now sorry for my babling I guessmy question is with my aADHD if they can prove that I had it when I was little is it a chance I will get approved I also take insulin I’m type one diabetic and also with my anxiety and depression or do they go for the physical more and with my GAF score does that mean I will be denied because it is good I had some other ?but I forgot well I can ask if I remember later and I filled out a function report along with my daughter and hers said that her form would make the decision now I filled my asthma and my work history and my function report out and mailed them in if they wanted me to see there doctors when would they tell me I think my application is towards the end I have done everything they asked so far. I just want to know what do you think my chances are and if my conditions are disabilities in there eyes oh I did not graduate high school I went back to get my GED about four times and did not finish believe me when I say I tried hard and I gave up so over all what do you think my chances are and I am young I’m 39 just sick my whole life so I feel 70 sorry I had a lot of questions and to all you out there good luck and congradulations I prey every night but in will pray more and pray for me with all my love Kelly and than km you solo much Kay I think I am speaking for everyone on this site when I say thank you and I greatly appreciate your time thank you again and god bless

    • Ann says:

      congratulations I’m waiting on my decision now

      • Kelly Garces says:

        Dear Kay its Kelly I had another ?thy asked me where I wanted my money to go and did my application of income in the household and I told them my son gets disability is that assign Iwill be approved they said iI met the ssi part and I had enough credits is that mean anything ?thank you again

        • Kelly Garces says:

          They told me my money would go on my sons ssi card so our money would be combined and they told me how much I would get and they got all my kids info names and birth dates and SCSI numbers my amountbdcreased a little due to my sons SCSI so is all that a good sign I am in Wisconsin is it normal for them to get all that info before being approved

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Kelly,

            Your last two posts indicate that you have been medically approved for Social Security Disability benefits and possibly for Supplemental Security Income also. It sounds as if your children will receive dependent benefits on your earnings record as well.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

          • Kelly Garces says:

            Dear Kay thank you for your info but I was just wandering I will list in order how I applied I am still thinking the worst but it just seemed to fast because I did my app on line then if I thinking right about one month later I got the letter that my Ssi was approve for my credits it came in a packet then i got a phone call from a gentlemen asking me all those questions I listed before he told me what my benidit amount would be and asked me a whole bunch of questions my meds my last date of employment my illnesses and my household income I stated my sons disability gave them the info from my other children then he told me what my amount would be if I was approved oh and did ask what my doctors names along with the meds and dosages then

          • Kelly Garces says:

            Then I got papers of all the stuff I told him over the phone and my rights and responsibilities and how to report changes then a couple weeks later I got a function report and a paper for my asthma and my daughter who olives with me got a third part report it said we did not have to fill them out but would be better if we did so we did I sent them priority mail due to horror stories and a lawyer called me soon before I got the reports so with all this said is it normal to have amounts and all of that’s stuff done before I get approved and that fast approx its been 3months I accepted the lawyer so hopefully he can help so is it normal the way my situation was done .and do they always give you amounts before being approved and I spoke with my food share worker and she had no idea about my insurance dchqnging to medicaid so I asked the pharmacy and they told me there was not ballot ofbpoeples insurance changing because of the Cobham care so I am wandering maybe SCSI did it so what do you think about all this am I or will I be approved you think? Oh I applied on line not sure if that speeds up the process bor not why does it always say pending if I am approved will it always say pending thank you soooooo much Kay I hope you can answer all my ????????????????

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Kelly,

            This is in response to your three postings of April 6. First, your claims are actively being worked on to determine whether you are disabled, but they have not been approved. You can tell that because they are still asking you for medical information. Second, usually not so much information about payment amounts and reporting responsibility is given in advance of approval. but it appears that the Social Security representative had the time and took the trouble to provide you with some extra information up front. Lastly, you would not be given Medicaid based on an SSI application before you were medically approved, so the only explanation I can think of for the change from your state-sponsored health insurance to Medicaid is the one I previously suggested.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

    • Kelly Garces says:

      Hi Kay I was just wandering how do you know if you have a good layer how often should I hear from mine because I don’t want to miss anything I want it all covered and what if I can’t take medication for one of my mental illnesses because image bad side affects from all my depression meds so my doctor said with my history we are out of options for that so I am still very very depressed so I see. Therapy but it is just there I want it gone but my nerve damage from my diabetes in my brain just gets worse I do you think the disability examiner is going to turn me down because I don’t have meds for that illness there are other meds out there but my regular Dr said no because of the severity of my asthma so I don’t know if they are going to deny me because of that and I haven’t heard anything from the office says still unable to determine at this time does is that a sign of good or bad do you think? Thank you Kay so much

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Kelly,

        If your medical records show clearly that you cannot take antidepressant medications because of truly bad side effects and because of your asthma, not being able to take medications will not have negative effect on your claim.

        As far as your attorney goes, you should not necessarily expect to hear from the attorney frequently. Your attorney’s job is to carefully collect all the information from you and, if at the appeals level, gather documentation from your medical providers and submit it all to Social Security with a statement of why you should be approved. Then he or she has to wait just as you do until Social Security responds.

        Sincerely,

        Kay

        • adam says:

          I got a fully favorable letter last in the mail on June 2nd, how long will it take to get back pay or monthly payments

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Adam,

            I suggest that you take your letter to your Social Security office and ask for an interview to provide any non-medical information needed to start payment. Depending on the office and whether you are approved for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income or both, it can take from a few weeks to two months or more to receive your first payment.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

    • Kelly Garces says:

      Hi Kay its me again I know all my texts are late I cant sleep most nights but I was wandering does everyone have to the see the special SCSI doctors if so in what time frame would they tell you ?I applied jan30when do you think I will receive a letter and I am sca

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Kelly,

        Claimants are requested to attend consultative examinations (CE) with a physician selected by the Disability Determination Services (DDS) only if the claim file does not have sufficient information to make a decision. A CE could be requested at any time.

        Sincerely,

        Kay

    • Kelly Garces says:

      Hi Kay I was just wandering what it means when they say my application is in the initial level and my layer said she is going to be in contact with my medical examiner with any additional info they might need….?I was also wandering I was supposed to start a new med for my PTSD to try but my primary said no because I am really sick and she wants me to get better first so I know what the side affects are I was very close to being put. In the hospital will they hold that against me and also I was wanderin how long do you think I have to wait to get a decision and do you think my chances are good since I have a laweyer I did apply back in 2010 does that consider as my first time or doesn’t that matter the first time was a paper app and a quick denial very different from this one this time it seems like they are really taking a look so when u think I should here something soon and do you think my chances are good or bad and is this considered my second time trying or my first time thank you

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Kelly,

        Your claim being at the initial level means you have filed a new claim. Your attorney is telling you that she is working to get everything needed to the claims examiner. You are following your doctor’s orders in not starting a new medication so that will not be held against you. I cannot predict whether you will be approved or denied, but it appears that your application in being filed in a thorough manner by your attorney, which is good.

        Sincerely,

        Kay

    • Kelly Garces says:

      Dear kay this is kelly i have a couple of questionsHi kay its kelly it has been awhile but I have a couple questions I have to go see a doctor for my mental and one for my physical do they not believe my doctor because I applied in march and my ddoctors gave all my records to ssi office in march all records starting from 2010 and I have to bring in all my meds there is about 12 different meds why do I havebto bring them and do they not believe my doctor so why do you thinkni have to gonto these appointments mynanxiety level is gonna kill me those daysni dont really go anywhereout just for apointments much less seeing doctors I dont know what should I do and why if they have my records do they needmore information its all in the records also when I first applied it was in january and around a couple months later a advocate called me to and asked me if I would like to be reprsented and I said yes and it went on from there does that mean they think they will get me approved or do they do that with all poeple who apply for disability is it a good sighn I will be going to my ce apt my anxiety is way out of control I am scared but I am scared of everything but do you have any advice

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Kelly,

        It is very important that you attend the consultative examination despite your anxiety because if you don’t, your claim could be denied. You are being asked to attend the examination because there is some question about your condition(s) that is not being answered by your records. You have been asked to take your medications with you so that the doctor can see which medications you are currently taking and in what doses.

        Best regards,

        Kay

        • Kelly Garces says:

          Thank you kay what do think my chances are because I think if my records is missing somthing I would gave thaught they would just deny my claim what do u think

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Kelly,

            The claims examiner will deny your claim if the information submitted indicates that you are not disabled. On the other hand, if the information is inconclusive, they will send you for an examination to gather more information.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

    • aris says:

      Hi Kay, I was wondering if my dds worker received all my medical papers, work history and medical history July 12,2014 how long does it take for a decision? She said she doesn’t need anything else and it’s pass 90 days. I know it could take up to 120 days but I thought that only happen if she had a hard time getting my information. When I call or check the web it just keep saying the medical portion is being worked on. In your experience is this a bad sign?

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Aris,

        The length of time a claim pends is not a sign of either approval or denial. Given that the claims examiner says she has all the information she needs, you can expect that she will review the information and render a decision as soon as she can. If she received completing information on other claims before yours, she will review the other claims before yours. I would think; however, that you might hear something within a month.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • aris says:

      Dds didn’t send me for a medical exam and she said she had all she need to make a decision. It’s been more than 90 days and I have not heard nothing about my claim. Do you think this is a good sign?

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Aris,

        If you have been waiting a long time (more than a month) since you were told that the examiner said she had everything she needed, I suggest that you call, nicely remind her of that, and ask whether she can give you a realistic completion date.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  2. myeisha says:

    Hey I applied for ssdi and im still waiting on a approval letter or denial letter im really nervous because most people are denied the 1st time and right now how things r looking I can’t afford of begin denied. I have mental records of me being put in homes but the only thing is they not up to date records I still feel like giving up from time to time. Ssdi sent me to a mental evaluation n the start asking hard question I couldnt and answer so I bust out crying cause I felt dum I never finished school I only have and 8th grade education cause I always ran away from home n got into fights all the time n my father in up pasting away n imnonly 19. I was wondering do u think I have a good chance on getting approve the 1st time around.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Myeisha,

      It is not possible for me to determine whether you have a good chance of being approved for benefits because I do not have enough information or access to your medical records. It does sound as if you might need help with your claim. Because you have been sent for an independent medical examination, you should be getting a decision soon. If you are denied, I recommend that you get a Social Security attorney immediately to help with your appeal. You can reach a good attorney who is knows Social Security and SSI disability law by calling Disability Advisor at 1-888-393-1010.

      Good luck,
      Kay

      • larry liebherr says:

        hi there i went for my dds mental exam almost two weeks ago and felt the same way as Myeisha did at the exam i was very nervous i couldnt think clearly i was asked alot of questions like repeating numbers foorwards and backwards that was hard to do and i asked the lady doing the test if she could repeat it and she said no i cant i also couldnt remember three words she told me to remember after five minutes im 44 yrs old didnt complete the 9th grade living with my major depression for many yrs and anxiety i became homless here in ohio i lost my mother this july 2013 every day is hard. i put myself in a psy hospital 3 times this year every day is hard but i have hope ive been clean and sober for 4 months i go to my apptments and get meds and see a psy nurse every month i dont have insurance butthey still r there and help me im so greatful . so hopefully should i hear something soon from ss about my claim whether im approved or denied

    • kelly says:

      Hi kay I was just wandering I think if I am approved it happened to fast I applied and about a couple weeks later I got a letter stating I had enough credits for said then I got a call a week later asking all my info my address irrigate S’s number and all my meds dosage illnesses and doctors and household income and my kids info then he told me my benefits would be if I was approved and told me how much I would get .and told me my money would just go onto my son disability card then. I received all the paper work of everything I said on the phone and it told me if I was approved my rights and responsibility to reporting income and all that good stuff. Is it normal for that to happen like giving amounts before even being approved t is all happened in only a couple of months and then as lawyer called me n I accepted him so what does all this mean then a couple weeks later I got papers one for my asthma and a fiction report and my work history and my daughter got a third party report which she filled. Out. I sent it priority so they couldn’t say they dis not receive it I have heard honor stories so can you tell me if I will get approve and it just says pending when I look it up. And my disparate worker new nothing about my insurance Chan info and I asked the pharmacies and they said there as not been slot of Poole where there insurance of badgercare just switched like that so now I’m wandering so with all that said what do you think and can it happen that fast sorry my? are scattered so do u think I will be approved

    • Kelly Garces says:

      Hi Kay thank you again for all your info just a couple of things the papers also state what both of my check amounts would be do is that avoid sign the only papers I got and had to fill out was the asthma and why only did I have to fill out for just that illness and not all my others but that is all I received now what do I do wait for my layer or wait for a letter or what is my next step pleeeeze help me figure it out thanks again so much kay

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Kelly,

        I recommend that you follow your attorney’s advice and also give the disability determiners what they request. Some illnesses like asthma have symptoms that occur only part of the time. For that type of illness, sometimes a questionnaire is sent so that the examiner can get an idea of how the illness affects you. Such a questionnaire is not needed for all kinds of illnesses.

        Sincerely,

        Kay

  3. Rick says:

    I have applied for disability and was denied the first time and got a lawyer And we filed an appeal within a month of that denial. Well it’s been 8 months since that appeal and just got a letter from the disability people asking me to make an appointment to bring in my dependents social security numbers and birth certificates. Is this a sign that I was approved?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rick,

      Yahoo! Yes, it is a sign you have been approved!

      Kay

      • jhardy30 says:

        My son has adhd and takes medication for it they just had to up his dosage. He has an interview with Ssi doctors. How long after that do it takes for a decision?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Jasmine,

          After the medical examination, the decision can take from a couple weeks to a couple months, depending on the agency’s workload at the time and depending whether the examination results in the need to get additional information.

          Best regards,

          Kay

          • Kelly Garces says:

            Hi my name is Kelly I am very I’ll I have had asthma since I was born use inhalers and albuterol I am diabetic and use insulin I have neapathy in my legs I have add with hyperactivity I have severe anxiety and depression which I also take medication my behavioral health Dr has all my report cards from elemenrty I am treated for all these things I also have bulging disc and disc here native disease and authritus in my back do you think I will win I do have via layer and when I got my packet a month after I applied the told me I had enough credits and gave me my amounts I would get is that a good sign oh and this is weird I have always had badger care I went to get my medicine and my insurance was switched to with medicaid do they do that is that a good sign I did not switch my myvinsurance

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Kelly,

            I cannot determine the status of your disability claim from the information you gave me. Your claim may still be pending. It is possible that you were switched from Wisconsin’s Badger Care program to Medicaid as the result of changes related to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), not related to your disability claim.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

  4. LarryYoung says:

    I was declared disabled Aug.last year.Was waiting on appeals council to review and approve.Got a denial from O.D.A.R saying they would not reopen case.AAJ signed letterr.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Larry,

      Thanks for letting me know the outcome of the O.D.A.R review. If I understand your posting correctly, the hearing approval stands and you will be getting benefits. Good news!

      Best,

      Kay

  5. deandre says:

    wadI filed for disability in Feb. And was denied so I appealed it in July. I got a letter on July stating that my case was being sent to the state of Arkansas I’m from Texas. I just received two letters in the mail September 4 …Do u have any idea wit they could be from the SSA.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Deandre,

      It is possible that the Texas state agency that does Social Security disability reviews for Texas residents is overburdened and has an arranged for Arkansas’ state agency to handle overflow. (You don’t say directly, but I am assuming that the two letters came from Arkansas.) However, I recommend contacting the Social Security office in which to filed the appeal as soon as possible–first, to sure that nothing fraudulent is going on and, second, if everything is legitimate, so they can explain why Arkansas is involved.

      Regards,

      Kay

      • Kelly Garces says:

        Hi Kay thank you for all your info now with all my medical issues I was told by my layer that just the medications I am on alone could get me approved is that a good sign and do they always tell you how much you will get if you are approved in a letter and I heard if they could prove you had add as a child you can be approved and with all my issues do I have to be found disabled from all or can just my attention deficit disorder be enough

        • Kelly Garces says:

          Dear Kay I have filled out functions and asthma and work history reports they sent me I have not been told I have to see their doctors I am in with they are still reviewing my medical claims I just got all my what do you think my chances are my anxiety has been so much higher unbearable n my depression I guess I am just waiting for a let down I see so many people that get disability but when the real disabled people they are so quick to say no y I don’t understand please give me some advice thanks again Kay soooooo much:-)

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Kelly,

            This in in response to both your comments posted on February 2. The disability examiner will consider all the medical and mental conditions you have now and how they limit you. If medications cause side effects that affect your ability to work, that will be taken into consideration also, but the fact that you are taking medication is not in and of itself a sign of disability.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

        • Kelly Garces says:

          Hi Kay just wandering how the GAF score works and could they just approve me my medication alone my lawyer mentioned it thank you

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Kelly,

            Please see my response to your earlier inquiries. The response was posted earlier today.

            Kay

        • Kelly Garces says:

          Dear Kay I was just wandering when I got the function report I also got a paper for my asthma to fill out why didn’t I get any for my other illnesses does this mean my others illnesses were not enough to consider me disabled and I got some bad news I seen my doctor and he said I have severe PTSD do I have to report that to anyone or will they automatically get them??

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Kelly,

            Some diagnoses and the severity of the conditions are substantiated by medical tests and/or clinical examinations. You would not receive a questionnaire for that typel of illness. You should report the new diagnosis of PTSD to the DDS examiner right away. Provide the name and contact information for the medical provider who made the diagnosis.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

  6. deandre says:

    oThank you Kay for the advice. Yes they have sent my decision letter along with another letter that’s has blue ink on the front…I’m not able to open my mail because I’m away. But do u know what s letter with blue ink on the envelope is? Thank you..

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Deandre,

      Unfortunately, I do not know the significance of the blue print on the letter. If you are going to be away from more than a week or ten days, it could be a good idea to have someone open the mail and read the letter to you. The letter may be asking you to provide something.

      Kay

    • Kelly Garces says:

      Hi Kay so you are telling me I should have not got a question air for my asthma because I did and I filled out the best I could but I did not get any for my other five illnesses and I checked my status before it said pending now it say a decision has not been made at this time so what does this mean? Thanks kelly

  7. Allen says:

    Hi,
    I was born legally blind but never applied for disability and worked for many years. A few years ago it became increasingly difficulty for my employer to accommodate my needs and I began to fear for my career.
    I applied while I was still working and was sent to an opthalmologist who must have concluded that I was unable to work because I received an approval letter and then had to leave my job as I had feared. Then, I went back to the SS office a few times and they seemed confused but finally said that my case was at the payment center and it shouldn’t be long before I receive communication from the payment center. That has been 3 months now. It is very hard to get in touch with someone to make sure that I am not lost in the shuffle but that my case is indeed in process and not misplaced or laid aside as a confusing mess since I was approved before my job ended. How can I be sure?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Allen,

      Your situation seems a bit puzzling in that payment is usually set up by the time an approval letter goes out. On what date does the approval letter say benefits are to start? With that information, I might be able to comment further.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  8. Shamika Miller says:

    Hey, I applied for ssi for my son in July how long does it usually take before you receive a awards letter stating if your approved or not.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shamika,

      Disability decisions can take from two to five months.

      Kay

      • serena says:

        Kay I applied for benefits for my daughter on 9-13-13 who was born on 9-9-13 prematurely withmultiple issues.My worker made an appt to talk to me&she asked me all kinds of financial ??s and living arrangement? ??s&??? Like my other kids income&social security numbers .Then said I had to turn in one form that showed how much child support I get for my other daughter which I did &she’d call&tell me how much benefit that I’ll receive. Well that was 2wks ago.When I call she’s always out.So I called the toll free number&it says that it’s pending.Does that mean that she’s approved.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Serena,

          Apologies for the delayed response. Our website has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

          It is likely that your daughter has been medically approved because detailed family income information is being obtained to determine the amount of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) that can be paid. The two weeks prior to January 4 when you posted your question were holiday weeks, so it is possible that the representative was out of the office on vacation. Hopefully, you have received payment by now. If you have not, I suggest following up to see where in line you are for having the claim completed.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

          • serena says:

            Thank you Kaye.I’ve been calling my worker everyday,leaving messages&all but she never calls back.I make sure I know she’s in the office before I leave a message now.Why coukd it be taking so long?Also do you think that I will get back pay from when I applied?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Serena,

            Your choice seem to be either to wait or call the call center at 1-800-772-1213 and request they make a telephone or in-office appointment with the representative regarding completion of your SSI claim.

            Best Regards,

            Kay

  9. James gordon says:

    I received a call from a social security rep in my home town, she ask me a lot of questions and at the end of our conversation. She advised
    I was approved is that a normal thing for them to do.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear James,

      Social Security might call to obtain missing or updated information after your claim is approved to complete processing for payment. However, ordinarily, I would have expected the representative to have told you that you were approved at the beginning of the call. If you are feeling uneasy about the call, I suggest that you call or visit the office to be sure the call did in fact come from Social Security. If you have the representative’s name, you could ask to speak to her to confirm she placed the call. If you do not, just say that you got a call from someone who said she was from Social Security and that you want to be sure it really came from Social Security. Ask to speak to the rep handling your claim to confirm that it was she. (As long as you are in touch with them, you might ask when you should expect payment.)

      Best,

      Kay

  10. Donna says:

    I was diagnosed with rhuematoid and osteo artheritis, I also have fibromyalgia, adhd and post tramatic stress symdrome. When I first applied I was denied, I have applied for a reconcideration, what do you think the chances are of me getting approve the second time. Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Donna,

      I think your chances of being approved are much greater if you obtain a knowledgeable Social Security attorney to represent you in your claim. The fact that you have been denied means that you need a professional to review your claim and medical and vocational history to present it in a manner that Social Security understands meets their requirements. I recommend getting an attorney very quickly so he or she can help you with your reconsideration, because if you are denied again, you will have to wait a long time for a hearing date.

      If you follow this suggestion and hire an attorney, first call the Social Security Administration and tell them to hold processing of your claim because you are hiring an attorney, who is likely to provide more information for the claim. Then contact a lawyer who knows Social Security Disability law well. A good place to find one is Disability Advisor. Just call 1-888-393-1010 and say that you need to talk with an attorney about your denied Social Security claim. You will pay attorney fees only when you have been awarded benefits and then the amount is set by Social Security law and Social Security pays the attorney directly from your retroactive award before sending the balance to you. All very easy and no risk.

  11. nikki050 says:

    I filed for disability end of April of this year…completed all paperwork..I have CHF and depression ,panic disorder and anxiety I’m over 50 and I just have an 8th grade education..although I have worked all my life. I called for an update on my case and the medical examiner advised me that she was just waiting to hear back from a couple of my doctors….after about 2 weeks she sent me for a mental evaluation on August 19th and after the visit the doctor there advised me that I had depression and social disorder anxiety and so forth. About a month ago the medical examiner told me she had the report from the mental evaluation and the doctor was reviewing it. I have not heard anything since then could this be a good sign that I am going to be approved?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Nikki,

      The information you provides about the results of the mental evaluation could possibly indicate that your condition will meet Social Security’s disability requirements. Your claim file (including the report from the independent medical examination) being reviewed by a physician is routine processing so not much can be read into that. I do suggest that you call the examiner and find out if they ever got the information from your two doctors. If they did not, you should find out what they requested and tell the examiner that you will see that your doctors respond. Then contact your physicians and ask them to respond.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • nikki050 says:

        Hi Kay….thank u for responding to my first question. Unfortunately I was not approved. My denial stated that they realize I have all of the illnesses…..and that i am concerned about my ability to cary out task but I am capable of understanding and carrying out instructions, meeting general production and quality standards, and reporting to work on a regular basis..they also said they realize that I can’t do any heavy work and still may need treatment for my conditions. ….WOW…I didn’t know I had to be stupid instead of disabled to get disability?… I have an attorney now..on to the next hurdle….I would appreciate any advice you can give me. Thank you Kay.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Nikki,

          My advice would be to work closely with your attorney and give him or her all the information you can about your conditions and limitatons as succinctly as possible. The same holds true for explaining fully why you think you can not report to work for any kind of work on a regular basisRespond quickly to all requests for information. While you are waiting for a decision, follow your doctor’s instructions for return visits and taking medications.

          Best regards,

          Kay

          • Kay Derochie says:

            You are welcome, Nikki.

          • nikki050 says:

            Hello again Kay, today my lawyer advised me that social security contacted them to verify my name ..social….and date of birth. Its been about 2 months since i applied for reconsideration and i have completed the Adult Function Report for the second time. Do you think this might be a good sign ?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Nikki,

            Well, it would be nice to assume that they were moving toward approving your claim. Their contacting your attorney is a sign that they are actively working on your appeal at the moment, rather than its just waiting in line, but we can’t really know why the “verification” was requested or jump to any conclusions about the outcome.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

  12. mrsb says:

    I received a letter yesterday from Ssi the says ” This is a very important letter that could affect whether you can get ssi. Please read carefully if there is anything you do not understand please get in touch with us right away. It says we need more information to decide if we can pay you. They will be calling me in two weeks. I’m confused I called last week the woman said I was denied but I receive this letter today help me please!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Greetings,

      These two communications appear to contradictory; however, one may apply to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and the other may apply to Social Security Disability (SSD). I suggest that you call the Social Security office in which you applied to get a clarification.

      Kay

  13. Jennifer says:

    I was just wondering, is it usually the norm to receive a direct deposit before you receive an award letter? Thanks.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jennifer,

      Yes, more commonly than not the money arrives before the letter. You should receive an award letter within two weeks. In the meantime, if you wish, you can call the Social Security Administration to confirm the award and to find out the amount of your ongoing monthly benefit (if the first payment appears to be back pay). Plan plenty of time to be on hold when you call their toll-free number: 1-800-772-1213.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  14. mrsb says:

    I have another question I’ve been fighting this since 2005 I just hired a attorney this year I have a speech problem and my IQ is 53 overall I have diabetes and high blood pressure and I was in special ed I thought I only applied for one is it a chance the letter is good news.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear “Mrsb”

      Yes, it is possible that the letter is good news. You need to respond to the letter by doing everything that the letter asks you to do. Because you have some cognitive limitations, it would be a very good idea to show the letter to someone who can help you. It is possible that your attorney will help you understand the letter and help you provide what is needed, because if you do not get paid, the attorney will not get paid.

      Good luck,

      Kay

  15. mrsb says:

    Thanks Kay!

  16. mrsb says:

    Update I had an appointment today it went great I was not approved for ssi but I’m waiting on a pay card anyone knw how long before I receive my backpay?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      I am glad that you have been able to obtain clarity about your situation. Processing time varies,but it is usually two to six weeks.

      Best,

      Kay

  17. Donna Jasonis says:

    I got a call about 2 months ago from the ssdi examiner. He asked how much weight I used to lift before when I worked. Then on Friday he called me said I have 2 dates as to when you worked last. I asked him if this was going to take another 2 years to find out something? He kind of laughed and said no. He also made some kind of comment about back pay being nice and a big check. This is my appeal. Are the examiners allowed to tell you if you are approved?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Donna,

      Typically the disability examiner does not tell a claimant whether or not they are being approved. They send their decision to the Social Security office where the claims representative reviews non-medical requirements and then the Social Security Administration notifies the claimant of the decision. It is hard to say whether the examiner was “letting the cat out of the bag” that you were being found disabled or was trying to make a joke about your having to wait a long time for a decision by saying that [if you were approved], the longer you wait the bigger the back pay. The one thing that seems clear is that your claim is under active review and you should be getting a decision before long.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  18. JB says:

    In the process of applying for SSDI; 53 years old-work history since 1976; Type I Diabetes since 1966, severe osteo arthritis both knees (arthroscopic surgery both knees (1999 & 2008), synvisc injections, cortisone (which is not good for diabetics), very little if any cartilage in both knees. Major concerns/issues w/ having knee replacement surgery, Dr’s have also expressed some concerns because of age & Diabetes + I am on meds for high-blood pressure & cholesterol.

    Spoke to attorney; use him if initial app. denied; he said to apply online but I’m somewhat overwhelmed re: furnishing all medical records as I have checked w/ old Dr’s. (Endocrinologists & Orthopedics) & they no longer have my records as they destroy them after 7-10 years. Atty. I spoke to said let SSA get needed available records. But would it be better to apply in person?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear JB,

      It would be best to apply using the method that you feel confident using. That way you will do the best job of presenting your case. You can call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 and request an appointment to apply at your local office. Some offices make appointments for in-person applications and others make appointments for phone interviews.

      As far as your medical records go, having records from your long medical history is not absolutely essential. It will be more important to have your records from about a year or two before you stopped work due to your disability and from the period after you stopped. You can supplement these by writing a history of your medical problems and submitting it with your claim. Include–to the best of your memory–when you were diagnosed for each condition, who treated you, and what the treatment was and how effective it was. Give dates (months and years if possible) that each occurred. Also try to give dates when your condition worsened. Also be prepared to provide a detailed history of your work activity for the past 15 years or so, including your duties and any problems you had on the job related to your condition.

      It is true that Social Security requests records and doctor’s statements, but if you submit your records yoursself, you will know that they have been received. The downside of this is that you may have to pay for the copies. (If the Social Security Administration (SSA) requests them, SSA will pay.)

      You can learn more about preparing to file an application by reading the articles under “Apply SSD” on the Disability Advisor website.

      Best regards,

      Kay

      • JB says:

        Kay:
        I’m in GA & filed SSDI claim online 10/03/13; provided all info. to SSA; have checked numerous times w/ SSA office, online etc. always said “case has not been decided by DDS”; called DDS today they said case was decided & my SSA office will notify me; I called my SSA office & they said “case was decided 02/06/14 & they have up to 60-days to notify me of decision or it can be overturned”. I asked-”do you mean I have 60-days to file reconsideration once I receive letter?” She said-”no they (SSA) have up to 60-days to take action or overturn”.

        Online still shows no decision & no $ has been deposited. I’ve been in contact w/ attorney re: this because like most, assume I’ll be denied & have to file reconsideration. Atty. seems to think that my case has been randomly pulled for QA, even though no one at SSA office clearly told me that. And it could either have been approved or denied-but doesn’t make sense they’d pull for QA if denied? Why would they pull a case for QA if denied-are they double checking to make sure decided by the book? Why wouldn’t they just deny & then I’d have to file reconsideration? I’m still confused-have you or anyone else ever experienced this?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear JB,

          I believe that ;your attorney is correct that your claim has been randomly selected for a quality assurance (QA) review. The review is to see that the decision made by DDS was correct and correctly-arrived at. Both approvals and denials are reviewed. Because the decision, whether approval or denial, is not final until the QA review is complete, no letter has been sent. If your claim is denied, you appeal rights will be sixty days after the date of the denial letter. But, for the moment, it is still possible that your claim will be approved.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  19. RonsEZTwo@att.net says:

    Im really confused. I received SS Dis benefits from 95 to 2006 for severe Panic anxiety and fibromyalgia. In 2005 I worked, in 2006 Jan thru July I was off work again. SS said I was overpaid. I then worked from Aug 2006 (but was off Dec -March 2008)thru Mar 2012 was sick since. I filed for benefits in Dec 2012 told them same illness and on Maois for past years with nasty side effects and because of MAOI I cant take anything for Fibro and am limited on what I can take for even a fricken cold and what I can eat. So I have a medic Id a blood pressure cuff carry Nitro tabs and also take Ativan for anxiety and anticipatory anxiety motrin for any pain and sleeping pills. I have little faith in doctors who don’t know me as one almost killed me by trying to giving me demerol before surgery on a wrist I broke from passing out during panic attack I told him just send the checks to my wife and kids Im on nardil an MAO and Demerol will kill me instantly. All he said was sorry let me check your chart and he came back and said you are right and gave me morphine instead. Theres a reason why 9 out of 10 doctors don’t prescribe MAOIs one is because they work and if they work better than all the other psychotropic drugs less money coming to see them everyday and 2 it is the mother of all psychotropic drugs and very dangerous when combined with many foods and many drugs and can cause death within minutes by stroke or heart attack and side affects are far more severe than 9 out of 10 drugs but they work much better than any other drug on the market for depression anxiety panic and even migraine headaches. Mind you all my Diagnoses were made by the Mayo Clinic in 1993 and I have been seeing doctors ever since regularly. I have taken so many psycho drugs that didn’t work even the ones that work I have to stop and change briefly as some side effects get worse but I have to keep playing with different MAOIs and dosages sometimes I feel better and then I have bad periods and the fibromyalga just gets worse but not as bad as without MAOIs because I think MAOIs actually help some and I heard they are testing MAOIs for use on Fibromyalga. My original benefits ended Nov 2008 totally. I was entitled to expedited benefits since it hasn’t been 5 years since end of benefits. I followed what they told me and went to 2 of their doctors. I then in June get a letter saying denied I can work part time. I file reconsideration in June 2013 and again tell them it is a pre existing illness I have received benefits for in the past. Im still waiting to hear from them. I then get a letter from Chicago office stating they are garnishing wages from my employer in which I haven’t worked for in 18 months. I sent a letter and form stating I don’t have an income to pay them back and that I filed a new claim and doesn’t anyone there know whats going on like right hand doesn’t know what left is doing they should see I haven’t worked for 18 months by no ss taxes being paid and they also want the 7 months I was off in 2006 back. Anyways not even 4 days and I get another letter or copy they sent to my past employer saying Immediately STOP withholding my wages until or unless SS contacts them to do so. OMG whats going on. So I decide to contact SS just last week to ask why after I told doctors and case manager it was for same illness wasn’t I entitled to expedited service and 6 months provisional payment since it hasn’t been 5 years since my original benefits totally ended. Nov of 2013 will be 5 years and I contacted SS Dec 2012. She tells me sorry cant help and cant file exr for you youll have to make an appointment so I say ok because I need answers as to why ss policy wasn’t being followed for me. So she sets up phone appointment for OCT 25 omg 2 months I waited an hour on hold for this. Anyways I agreed. Im angry now my 5 years is up in Nov im waiting for reconsideration appeal going on 3 months. So then I get another letter from SS stating they received my form asking to waive overpayment and will contact me soon. Mind you I already have had letters garnishing wages sent to employer or past employer and 4 days later a letter saying not to withhold and stop immediately and this is 2 weeks prior to letter saying we will contact you about waiving. So I say something weird is going on and I decide to write my office and ask why I wasn’t granted exr and provisional payments while I was waiting and explaining everything that was going on since my original illness and over past 9 months with SS and how I felt I was being discriminated against by not being allowed exr and provisional benefits and they were treating like a new illness when it is 3 old illnesses that have progressively gotten worse. I also included a copy of their exr benefits and provisional benefits policy along with their ss disability verification letter for me from website that shows my benefits ended Nov 2008. OMG Im having a panic attack just with this and I don’t just get shakey I actually have passed out from attacks. Ok lets get stranger. I mail the letter to ss office local one that is. Same day I mail I get a call saying Im eligible for the Ticket To Work Program. Helppppppppp. In order to be eligible for Ticket to work you have to be receiving benefits. Duh. I haven’t received any letter saying Ive been approved for benefits and im 3 months into reconsideration. So what am I supposed to think? Do they just call people randomly for Ticket To Work even if they aren’t receiving any benefits since original benefits ended Nov 2008? Im so confused I don’t know what to think. Is this their way of telling me my reconsideration was approved and I just am the last one to know. I haven’t received any benefit phone calls since before 2008. Why all the sudden out of blue am I eligible for Ticket to work I am really flustered. If I am being granted benefits after reconsideration wouldn’t you think they would notify me before calling me and saying im eligible for Ticket To Work? I understand they are busy but the original time I filed in 1995 was much easier and definitely not as screwed up as my dealing with this time. I don’t want to assume they are approving me by all this but what they are doing seems to make you want to believe they are. As screwed up as it is I don’t know what to think…..

    Thanks
    Ron

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ron,

      Well, you are right: one would think that you would not get a notification that you are eligible for Ticket to Work unless you are eligible for benefits; however, given that your claim history is complicated, it could be an erroneous letter. The best way to find out what is going on is to ask the Social Security Administration whether your reconsideration has been approved. If they say it is still pending, then let them know about the Ticket to Work letter as it would appear to be an error.

      And, hang in there!

      Kay

  20. plstew says:

    Hi,i applied for benefits jan. 2013 my first payment will be December 18 2013.i can’t believe there is no back pay.can ssa back from application?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sheila,

      You do not say when you became disabled, but presumably it was at least by January 2013, which would mean back pay. I wonder if Social Security found that you became disabled at a later date than you claimed.

      When you are looking at the “benefits statement” online, it may not include all the information about your claim. Have you received an actual award letter in the mail? If Social Security says you became disabled on a date later than you claimed, then there could be no back pay. If that is the case, you will get a notice of partially favorable decision. If that happens, you have the right to appeal (but must do it within 60 days). If that is what has happened, I suggest that you get an attorney to help with your appeal. You can reach a lawyer who is well experienced in Social Security law by calling Disability Advisor at 1-888-393-1010. For now, however, I would call or visit Social Security to get clarification, so you will have the facts and know what action to take next.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  21. plstew says:

    My EOD Jan.2011
    Applied jan2013
    Approved September 10-2013
    DDS onset date may 10
    I have not received my award letter yet.my online statement only have the amount im going to start receiving starting NOV.2013.it will be almost a year since applying before i receive my first payment.i understand the five month waiting period.as of today i have been waiting 9 months and i won’t receive my first payment till December.i read somewhere that ssa will back pay if i took six months or longer.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sheila,

      If you are approved with the date you claimed and back benefits are due, it is possible that only the payment that is set up is showing up online. SSA may still be working on calculating back pay which will be paid through October (in November). The only way of knowing for sure what is going on is to talk with SSA. If it is not convenient to go into your local office and you don’t have a number for them, you can call SSA’s national call center for information at 1-800-772-1213. (Allow plenty of time for the call because it is likely you will be on hold a long time before speaking to a service representative.)

      Kay

  22. plstew says:

    Thanks! It makes alot of since..i will be calling ssa today.

  23. Anthony says:

    Does it take longer to get backpay if they have to pay your lawyer first?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Anthony,

      Payment of your lawyer should not delay your payment. Your lawyer is paid out of your back pay, not out of ongoing benefits; however, if your back pay is delayed, it will not be due to payment to the lawyer, which is released just about the same time as payment to you. Back pay can be delayed due to your having applied for SSI or having received workers compensation or, in some circumstances, a government pension.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  24. MsM says:

    Hi Kay,

    First, let me just say, you seem to be full of helpful information! :)

    Second, my issue: I applied for SSD for my 13 year old son this past May. I went through the normal interview process and submitted all necessary information. He’s already been diagnosed and has been receiving treatment for several years. I got a call from someone local saying that my son needed to be seen by one of their doctors for an IQ test, because they “have to have an IQ test done atleast annually for their records”. When I got the appt notice it was for a “mental exam”, which was later explained to me as being the IQ test plus some. The exam was done on September 9th. I called the local person back on the 16th to ask for a copy of the results of the IQ test to be sent to me. She said she couldn’t do that, and that her part of the process was done and sent on to SSA, she told me I could call the 800 number to get the status of the claim. I called the 800 number on the 17th, after 20 questions to verify who I was, they only told me “a decision has been made” but that’s all they could tell me until I received notification or until a proper amount of time had passed. If I didn’t hear anything by today (the 20th) I could call back and they could tell me. I called again today…..got the exact same response….except that they just can’t tell me anything at all, I just have to wait for the decision notification. The process seemed to be pretty quick…from what I’ve heard and read…only about four months total. So my questions:

    1. Should I assume that probably means I’ll be receiving a denial letter instead of an approval letter???

    2. Why can’t they just tell you “approved” or “denied” over the phone? (this is a very stressful wait!)

    3. Why can’t I be sent a copy of my sons IQ test results?

    Thanks in advance :)

    • MsM says:

      Sorry, not SSD, it was SSI. (if that matters) :)

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ms. M.,

      Thank you for your inquiry. To answer your questions in order:

      1. No, don’t assume anything about the outcome of the claim. At present the outcome of the claim is unknown. The service representative remarks could just mean that the disability decision has been made and communicated to the Social Security office, where non-medical eligibility is determined.

      2. You were speaking with a service representative who is looking at a tracking and payment record on a computer screen, not to a claims representative in the office handling your son’s claim. The service representative cannot make claim decisions and cannot communicate them until after they are finalized. The SSI disability program has non-medical requirements that include a limit on family resources (assets) and income. It is likely that when your claim’s turn comes up in the local office, if your son met the medical requirements, a claims representative will contact you to update non-medical eligibility factors that could have changed since you filed the claim.

      3. It’s the law that certain independent medical examination reports cannot be sent to the claimant or to a minor’s parents. You can request release of the report to your son’s physician. If you wish to do this, you need to do it in writing as soon as possible to your local Social Security office while they still have the medical report in their office.

      You are welcome. ;-)

      Kay

      • MsM says:

        Thanks :)

        I still haven’t received a letter of any kind! I did, however, call my local office today, (which oddly was forwarding calls to the same 800 # I’d called before), this time I got a little more than just “a decision has been made”. The agent couldn’t find where a time frame to receive notification was, and still stated “the rule” of not being able to give an answer via phone. But she did tell me, “a favorable decision has been made, and the claim is not in review”. She then told me that a notice has been mailed, that I will need to provide more information soon, and may still be a few weeks before all is said and done. Hopefully I won’t be one of those cases that was given false information (and hope). Fingers crossed.

        Thanks again :)

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Ms. M.,

          Thanks for updating.

          So far, so good. Your claim is probably in the local office or payment center waiting its turn for final processing.

          Kay

          • SJ says:

            Hello,
            I was given a fully favorable decision, Dec 26th, and just called the local office today because I had a few questions, and just out of curiosity also asked when should I expect the benefits verification letter? They say it is in process at the payments center right now, so it should be very soon. Can you tell my from your experience, how long from the payment center will it take?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear SJ,

            Processing time varies from a couple weeks to a couple months.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

  25. Danni says:

    Hello,
    I have a Uncle who has applied for SSI and he was denied before in 2009. However he has applied again this time with a lawyer to represent him for with a pending appeal. It has been over a year without hearing from anyone so he took it upon himself to call the SSI office and they did tell him that a “judgement” was determine and he’ll be informed through the mail, than opposed to saying she he was approved or denied. Do you think its another denial letter issued? could , but my Uncle has called last Friday (9-20-13) Now he sits awaiting for his letter.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Danni,

      Before I respond, could you please tell me whether this is his first appeal (a reconsideration) or a second appeal (a hearing). If it is a second appeal, has he already been before a judge at a hearing?

      Thanks,

      Kay

      • Danni says:

        Hello Kay,
        Yes….. It is a second appeal, however its been a little over a year. However he randomly called the SSI office to see the status and they told him that his case has had a judgement and that he’ll be informed through the mail within 5 business days, rather than just tell him if he won his case or not over the phone.

  26. Danni says:

    Dear Kay,
    I believe that this is his 1st hearing before a judge that denied him, then he took it to appeal. (1st appeal as well) He has been waiting now a little over a year to hear anything. He recently called to check on his status through SSI office and rather than SSI tell him if he was approved/not approved , they informed him it was a judgement ruled Thursday 9-18-13 and within 5 days he is to expect a letter based on a decision. Bad news again you think Kay?
    However within a year of his visits and health issues still persists and one of his Dr’s. recently diagnosed him with (2) conditions that weren’t even submitted to the judge at the time. ( What to do?) My Uncle really is disable, we help him around the home and to his Dr.’s visits he has at least 4x a month plus he stays on narcotics as his one of many prescriptions he is to take. (Norco/ Vicodins)

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Danni,

      Right now the thing to do is to wait for the hearing decision, which should come shortly. If the decision has been written, then it should arrive in the five days that they say. The fact that they did not say what the decision was does not mean your uncle was denied. However, if he was, he needs to appeal to the appeals council with the information that was omitted at the hearing. If he has an attorney, the attorney can assist him in this.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  27. renee green says:

    I just applied for disability 9/3/13, and I noticed today that my application status says a decision has been made. I was diagnosed with MS a few years ago, have been on MS medication this whole time, and I have just now applied for disability because both my children are in school full time, which means I would need to start working again….I know I should be patient and wait for the decision in the mail….but I’m just nervous it has been too soon to get a decision. So it must be denied! Are denied applications processed quickly?

    Thank you

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Renee,

      Denials are not necessarily processed faster than approvals. A decision on a September 3rd application would indeed be a quick decision, but it is possible it could be an approval if your MS symptoms are severe and you provided a lot of good information at the time of the claim and/or your doctors responded quickly. Hopefully, you will get your decision letter soon.

      If the decision is a denial and you really believe you are disabled, then be sure to appeal within 60 days using a Social Security-knowledgeable lawyer, such as those available through Disability Advisor. Just call 1-888-393-1010 for help with an appeal if you are denied–which you may not be. (You will not have to pay attorney fees until you are approved for benefits.)

      Best regards,

      Kay

    • shunda says:

      Just curious as if you were approved or not

  28. Angel Lumpkin says:

    Hi, I was wondering if my son was approved for ssi. He was diagnosed with ADHD, in may. I filed for ssi in june and he went to a mental exam appointment early this month. And I called to check the status of my application. I was told they reached a desicion and should wait for the letter in the mail within 5-10 days. Does that mean he was denied? Thank you in advance.

    Angel Lumpkin

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Angel,

      Social Security is generally not giving out payment decisions over the phone. No assumptions can be made about what the decision was. He may have been approved or he may have been denied. As hard as it is, you will have to wait for the letter.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Angel Lumpkin says:

        Update: I received the letter today. He was denied, they said he wasn’t blind or disabled e.t.c. to be put on disability. But he goes to the psychatrist on nov. 15, so can I still appeal it after the 15th. To give them more proof. Or should I leave it along because ADHD alone is not consider a real disability? Do he have to have adhd plus another disability?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Angel,

          You have 60 days from the date you receive the denial letter (65 days from the date on the letter) to appeal the decision, so you would have time after November 15 to appeal.

          It is the level of severity of functional impairments that a person has that determines whether he or she is disabled under Social Security rules. Having a diagnosis of ADHD alone may or may not mean the person is disabled. It depends on how much your son’s ability to function is affected by his condition. If he has other impairing conditions that you believe would be identified by a psychiatrist, then it would be a good idea to have him evaluated to have this information when you appeal. You might also call Disability Advisor at 1-888-393-1010 to talk with an attorney to get some guidance on whether an appeal could possibly be successful.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  29. tracy evans says:

    Hi I’ve applied for SSD on January 5th, 2010, and hired an attorney who sent in my app. I was denied at this time. I appealed, was denied again, and then received a hearing before a judge on May 21st, 2013. My issues/ailments are as follows, originally, in my first app, I had knee problems, back pain, constant joint pain, loss of my job, due to attendance, from my illnesses. I since have had 2 heart attacks, with 4 stints put in, was diagnosed with Fibro, I have had positive test results for Rheumatoid A., high bp, a spinal condition, depression, (being seen by Physc), acute bronchitis, with signs of COPD, and am currently taking 2 breathing treatments. At the time of my hearing in May, the judge had been informed of my appointments to see a Dr. for my breathing, (doctors), but she had not known the results of said appointments. Also, to make you aware, from my 2 heart attacks on, all those conditions were in my paperwork, in which the judge had in her possession. That being said, my questions, do you think I have a fair shot at getting an approval this time around? And, we were told it would take 60 to 90 days for a decision to be made, and we are already in the fourth month of waiting, going into the fifth. Can you tell me if this is a normal time frame for either a denial or approval? And we were also told, by the SS office, that the judge had made a decision, and it had been sent to the underwriters in July. Due to an overload of apps for SSD, they had sent my decision to Michigan to be wrote up. This was in July. I have not yet heard anything from anyone. Is this normal? (I am from Indiana). Can you give me an opinion? Also, I must say, that during the proceedings with the Judge, I had an episode of sorts, with my bp and breathing, which is quite normal for me, if I sit to long in one position, she stopped the proceedings and asked if I was ok, she then had us take a short break. We finished proceedings shortly thereafter, after the person from SSA, who had been looking to see if I was qualified for any positions due to my illnesses, and the fact that I use a cane, could not find but few to no jobs that I was qualified for, or could perform 100 percent. I’m just getting worried/frustrated at the length of time it is taking to know one way or the other. Can you help?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tracy,

      There is no way to be sure; however, the details that you provide about your condition, the episode that you had in court, and the vocational specialist’s testimony would seem to indicate that there is a reasonable possibility you will be approved.

      As far as getting a written decision goes, it is normal for there to be a lag of time between the rendering of the decision by the judge and the typing up of the decision which will be several pages long. And, it is routine for one area to send work to another less burdened area to be completed, so it is not odd that the decision is being typed up in Michigan. All that said, it is taking a long time. Hopefully, you will have a decision soon.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  30. Del says:

    Hi, applied for ssi on July3/2012, Injury was no may 05/2012 and icalled today and they sadi a decision has been made and I would get a letter in 7-10 days, dose that usally mean No, Thanks Del

  31. nicole franklin says:

    I’m kind of confused I apply for ssdi about a year ago I was denied but I did an appeal I called the 800 and talked to a rep she told me that a decision was made on my appeal a week ago but it hasn’t been mail out what does that mean help please

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Nicole,

      The information you received means that you should be getting a decision letter on your appeal soon. If you are not approved and do not yet have legal representation, I recommend that you contact Disability Advisor at 1-888-393-1010 to talk with a Social Security attorney to get help with your second appeal. There is no cost unless you win benefits. You will pay attorney fees only when you have been awarded benefits and then in an amount is set by Social Security law.Social Security pays the attorney directly from your retroactive award before sending the balance to you. All very easy and no risk.

      All that said, I hope you have been awarded benefits.

      Best,

      Kay

    • nicole franklin says:

      Thanks for your help Kay hopefully I get good news soon

  32. Demetria Jones says:

    Hello Kay, I became disabled April 2011, due to a brain surgery. I now have a seizure disorder n fibromyalgia. I applied for disability end of April 2011, not was taking a while so I tired to go back to work. I was laid off due to my seizures at work. I was only able to work a few days. September 2011, I received a denial letter. Me being me I tried to go back to work for money and once again, I was laid off due to health in December 2011. I was only able to work maybe a month n half at that job. I started collecting unemployment in maybe march 2012, found another job and worked about a month but was laid off again!! I got a lawyer who tried for a late appeal date n we were granted for a late appeal. We just had to wait on the date. I was still collecting unemployment alway until middle of this month sept 2013. I was suppose to go to court sept 19, 2013, but my lawyer called me Wednesday sept 18, 2013 and said the judge had cancelled our court date for the next day because he had approved me. I just want to know around how long do you think I will have to wait for mail and money and back pay and also if the unemployment will affect my benefits or back pay? I am no longer filing unemployment.

    • Demetria Jones says:

      Kay, I was also receiving welfare cash for about 6 months. Will that affect anything?

      • Demetria Jones says:

        This was before I started receiving unemployment (the welfare cash)

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Demetria,

        I am glad that you live in a state that provides temporary cash assistance for disabled people while they are waiting for a Social Security decision. To answer your question, if you were approved for either Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), then yes, getting a welfare cash payment will reduce your back pay. The Social Security Administration will reimburse the state or county directly for the amount they paid you. The reimbursement money will come first out of your SSI back pay. If there is not enough SSI back pay to reimbursement, the remainder will be withheld from your Social Security back pay.

        SSI, as indicated by its name–Supplemental Security Income–is intended to supplement other income. That means the maximum SSI is not payable if you have other countable income. Unemployment benefits are income under the SSI program, so prior to reimbursing the welfare agency, your SSI eligibility and payment amount for each month will be determined considering your unemployment and all other countable income (cash welfare income is not countable, but has to be repaid). On the other hand, unemployment does not affect Social Security Disability benefits.

        Sincerely,

        Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Demetria,

      I am glad that the judge approved you for benefits on the record without your having to go to a hearing.

      It can take as long as sixty days for the office of hearings and appeals to get the formal approval letter typed and mailed. Once you and Social Security gets the written notification from the judge, then it can take another three weeks to two months for payment. I know that sounds grim. It could be faster than that, but better to be pleasantly surprised than having an overly optimistic expectation and be disappointed.

      Best regards,

      Kay

      • Demetria Jones says:

        Thanks a lot for the information Kay but there is one thing I’m still confused about. Will Disability office be taking money out of my back pay for my unemployment that I received while waiting for the hearing? I am not receiving the unemployment anymore. And to let you know, I did receive my approval letter in the mail the Saturday that just passed which was sept 28, 2013. Was that fast to receive a letter because I received it a week and three days after my lawyer told me I was approved cause if the judge canceling it.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Demetria,

          The Social Security Administration will not use your Social Security back pay to repay unemployment you received.

          Yes, that is fast to receive the letter. Typically, you would now have a wait of two to six weeks before you receive payment. With the partial government shut down, time frames are now harder to predict.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

        • phillip oduro says:

          Hi. Kay i applied for ssi in September.i hav had a back surgery/spinal fusion with 4screws in my lowe back.cos of that am not working.i cnt stand for more than 20minutes or walk more than 3blocks without feeling pains.my lawer submitted more than 300 pagies of my medical records to ssi.it only took them 3monthes for them to make their decision.am still waiting for the mail to come in.do u think i have a good chance becouse of my medical history?ho yes i ve been goin to therapy for more than two years now.thank yo,

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Phillip,

            I am not certain of where you are in the claim process. I think that you are saying that you have been told that a decision has been made on your claim, but you have not received notification of the decision. Although you have given me information about your medical condition, you do not say what kind of work you did in the past or your age, so I cannot offer an opinion on whether you might have been approved or denied. I would think you will receive notification shortly.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

          • phillip oduro says:

            sorry kay am 38yrs old and i have worked in the hospital for yrs and my last work was a taxi driver.before i file for disability i was going to back therapy for more than two yrs and still go to therapy now.my lawer gave disability more than 400 pages of my medical issues includint the records of my therapy and all the medications i take everyday.about a month ago they send me some questionare forms to fill out.it was about my work history and the way i feel frm day to day.i cnt even lift more than 20 pounds.they did not send me to their doctors either.they said i will get a letter in five bussiness days weather i got approve or not.before i filed i called ssi to make sure i have enough work history to file for disability and they said yes.pls do u think they have approved me or not?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Phillip,

            I do not know whether you will be approved. You have to be unable to perform any occupation for which you have the education or transferable skills. It sounds as if the decision letter has probably already been sent or they would not have said you would receive it in five days. If you don’t have the letter within a week, call back to say it was not received.

            If you are denied, you have sixty days to appeal if you think the decision is wrong. You can obtain an excellent Social Security attorney by calling Disability Advisor at 1-888-393-1010. You do not have to pay any legal fees up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount your attorney can charge and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

  33. Donna says:

    Hi
    Filed for ssdi may 03,2013. Got hurt in feb 03,2012, recived call from claim person on sep

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Donna,

      You comment was cut off, so I don’t know what your question is. Please post the full question if you would like me to respond.

      Thanks,

      Kay

    • phillip oduro says:

      KAY THANK YOU SOO MUCH.I JUST GOT THE LETTER YESTURDAY AND WAS DENIED.ITS SOO FRUSTRATING BECAUSE I WAS A DRIVER AND AS TIME WENT ON MT BACK BECAME SO PAINFUL SO U HAD TO HAD THE SURGERY DONE WITH FOUR SCREWS IN MY BACK.THEY TURNED ME DOWN COS THEY SAID AM NOT DIDABLE COS I CAN LIFT MORE THAN 20 POUNDS.THATS RIDICOULOS.IN THE QUESTIONNAIR . THE ASK ME HOW MANY POUNDS CAN I LIFT I TOLD THEM MAYBE 20POUNDS THATS ON A GOOD DAY.I CANT EVEN STAND IN MY FEET FOR MORE THAN TEN MINUTES OR WALK 5MINUTES WITHOUT PAIN.AM MOSTLY LAID IN BED.AND I HAVE TO TAKE A LOT OF PRESCRIPTIONS.I JAVE A LONG MEDICAL TRAIL BUT THEY STILL TURNED ME DOWN.I ALREADY HAVE A. LAWER AND WE WILL APPEAL IT.I WANT TO KNO HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO SEE A JURDGE AND SINCE I HAVE A LONG MEDICAL TRAIL WILL THAT HELP MY CASE.I HAVE NOT WORKED FOR ALMOST TWO YRS COS OF MY PAINS.THANK YOU SOO MUCH

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Phillip,

        It appears that your claim has been denied because the examiner believed that the information submitted supported that you could perform either sedentary) work or or some kind of light work. It is good that you have a lawyer to present your case. Usually, a first appeal is a reconsideration file review and the decision can take a few weeks to a few months. Hearings, which are typically the second appeal, pend much longer. It can take a year or more to get a hearing date and two months or more to get a decision after the hearing.

        Best regards,

        Kay

  34. Jo says:

    I applied for SSI because I don’t have enough points but I have had panic attacks since I was 12 also have bad asthma. I worked at home online doing my business because I have panic attacks bad. I was passenger with my wife, “have not drove since 2000 because of panic attacks” in 9/9/12 and messed up my back bad which Dr told me I have a genetic defect and might need surgery that accident woke it up. I lost everything because i couldn’t work because of pain and my attacks and then came depression because I fell so helpless. Anyways I was told to apply for SSI which I did in March did interview on phone. A couple months later I got a letter saying they wanted to know more about my asthma and some other question about my other general problems and sent it back. I have not heard a thing since and was wondering if you had any idea why it’s taking so long? Is this a good sigh or bad or it doesn’t mean anything. Thanks for your time.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Joseph,

      You have several different conditions, which makes your claim somewhat complicated. The fact you have not heard yet does not really mean anything. The examiners just have a lot of cases so many get delayed. If you are denied, you should hire a Social Security attorney to represent you in your appeal. You can get a good Social Security lawyer by calling Disability Advisor at 1-888-393-1010. You do not need money now to hire an attorney. You will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits and then in an amount is set by Social Security law. The Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your retroactive award before sending the balance to you. It’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Best regards,

      Kay

    • Jo says:

      Thank you so very much I didn’t know who to talk to about this and found you..

      • Kay Derochie says:

        You are very welcome, Jo.

        • Jo says:

          I just today received papers from them saying they need me to go be examined by a couple Dr I have 2 appointments this month. I have been home bound for about a year now because of my panic attacks and just reading I have to go in is panicking me already. I don’t know how I am gonna do it. Whenever I have to go to a new DR it’s 10 times worse then if I know who and what I will be going in for. I have had times when I get there I run out before getting to their door. Going in is the only way this can be done I take it?

          • Jo says:

            Also they sent one to my wife. It says because they where told by me she could assist me. I think that is because I told them she was my safe person and can’t do anything without her around.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Jo,

            I suggest calling the examiner and tell them what you just told me. Also, tell them that you will try to attend the examination with your wife going with you to help you feel safer, but that you can’t guarantee that you will be able to follow through. Tell them that you want to do what they asked.

            Just an aside, the doctors you see will not be treating you in any way. They will only be examining you and writing a report.

            I hope that you will be successful in attending the exams because Social Security is asking you to attend because they do not have enough information otherwise to approve your claim.

            Best regards,

            Kay

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Joseph,

            It appears that I did not answer this question when it came in. You may have already had the exam; however, I will comment now. Usually you have to go to the doctor’s office. I do not know whether they can do the mental health evaluation via teleconference with technology such as Skype. I doubt that the physician will come to your home. I suggest that if the exam has not yet been held that you talk to the examiner who sent the request for the exams to see if there is anyway to have the exam done without your leaving your home. If not, then you need to attend the exam with your wife’s support.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

        • Jo says:

          One Dr is mental the other is Internist, which I am not sure what that one is even looking it up which one of mine it would fall under. And now that I did some research on this part of it I found that the Dr can be real rude even though they are not Social Security Drs and some say this could just mean they wanna close your case and need more info before they do or they have to go through this process for a certain reason like I didn’t have enough info on one so they have to send me to one before they close. I have recently been to back Dr about 1 month ago, mental about 5 months and maybe 9 months for asthma.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Jo,

            I didn’t see this last message from you when I responded as few minutes ago.

            To say that all doctors who do exams for Social Security claims are rude is, of course, erroneous. While it is true that you are being sent to the doctors because Disability Determining Services (DDS) does not have enough information to find you disabled, it is not true they are sending you to the doctors so they can close your claim with a denial. Many people are approved based on the findings of independent medical examinations ordered by Social Security.

            Of course, if you have seen a doctor for your disabling conditions in the past month (or even 5 months ago, if you think they don’t have the records), it would be helpful to get those records to the Disability Determining Services as soon as possible.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

  35. Beth says:

    Ok so I have a question. I filed for SSI a few months back due to mental illnesses and not being able to work because of them. Well, last week I received a letter stating I need to see the SS mental examiner because they could not get my records from my current doctors who are treating me. So, I told my therapist about this and they were able to get the paperwork to them. Today I received multiple calls from the DDS, and I wasn’t aware because I was really sick and in bed all day. I went online to check my status, because I started worrying after reading the shutdown goes into effect tonight, and all SS applications will be put on hold. It said a decision was made on my claim today. Could this possibly mean I’m approved because I received numerous phone calls today? Or do you think they were just calling to notify me my application will be put on hold due to the shutdown? I’m very panicy right now b/c not knowing what the decision is, but it’s made is driving my OCD insane. Please help if you can. Thank you

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Beth,

      Unfortunately, I can’t tell you why DDS was calling. I’m sorry. Do call them back and leave a message that you were ill in bed so had your phone off and didn’t get their calls. Ask them to call you. They will if they are still working or if not when they return.

      Kay

  36. Heather Gibson says:

    Hi, I applied for SSDI for my 12 year old son in May 2013 and he just got approved on September 13th., 2013. I have spoke with my rep several times and turned in all the info such as: my paystubs and banking info 1 week ago. So, what I am wondering is when will I receive his first deposit of his benefits. How long does that usually take? Thanks.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Heather,

      How long it will take to process the information and do the computer inputs to produce the check depends on the representative’s workload. I would guess that payment would be generated within one to three weeks.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  37. concerned101 says:

    I just would like to know if I’m denied ssi , second time around me and my attorney went to court. As i stated to the judge “i didn’t feel like my spsychiatrist was helping” she
    suggested immediately after
    Seek help. I now have s new psychiatrist.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Concerned,

      I am glad you have a new psychiatrist if your prior one wasn’t helping you. As far as the status of your appeal, you will have to wait for the judge’s decision on your hearing to know whether you have been approved or denied.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  38. Gloria says:

    Dear Ms. Heather. I applied for SSI in April for my son who has Severe Autism. I was told last Friday that my file was sent back to the local office and then by a representative that the decision looks to be favorable. I did not set up direct deposit and opted for a paper check, do you know how long before a check is normally issued. Because of the federal shut down, I dont know if this will affect my getting the payment.My decision was made the Wednesday before the shutdown.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Gloria,

      I think that you may have intended to direct your inquiry to another person (Ms. Heather). I do not know what organization she is associated with, so you will need to redirect your inquiry if you wish to communicate with her.

      My understanding is that if the payment was set up in the computer before the partial shut down of the government, the check will go out as scheduled. On the other hand, if work still needed to be done by federal employees in your local office, then whether the shut down affects payment time will depend on how much your local Social Security office has been effected by the shutdown. You might be able to find out if the office is working at all by calling Social Security’s call center, which as of Tuesday, was still open. Their number is 1-800-772-1213.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  39. JamD says:

    Hi im 19 , havent really worked , this is my first time fileing, i applied for ssd back in mid/late january 2013 it is now october 2 , 2013 i saw a doctor yest and she asked me ?s about what went on with wat i was diagnosed with and my arthiritis in my knee and my wrist .. before yest i had to have a mentale exam .. math tests .. i had to take blood and xrays for my right knee and right wrist to determine my arthiritis in my knee && my excessive memory loss.. i was dignosed with schizophrenia , paranoia , anxiety disorders , depression , etc and the doc told me she will send everything to the ppl for my case… and i was wondering how longer do i have to wait for an answer .. its been 9 months so farrr

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear JamD,

      The fact that you have been sent to multiple doctors would seem to indicate that the Disability Determining Services are getting close to making a decision. Ordinarily, I would expect a decision in a month to six weeks; however, if the federal government continues to be under partial shut down, it is hard to predict.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  40. Sarah says:

    Hi. I had a car accident back in December of 2012. I had a hip replacement, broken foot, broken ribs and a traumatic brain injury. I filed for SSD in may and called today and they said they we’re in the last stages and I ought to have an answer in two weeks. What are the chances I will get approved. I have severe headaches, social problems, concentration loss and anger issues now. Please help

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sarah,

      I am sorry to hear of your accident and injuries. As you describe your continuing cognitive problems, it seems as if you might be approved, but there is no way to know until you actually get the decision. If you are denied and feel you really cannot work, then you need to appeal within sixty days. It is very important to get good legal representation if you have to appeal. You can reach an attorney whose focus is Social Security law by calling Disability Advisor at 1-888-393-1010. You do not have to pay anything up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount your attorney can be paid and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your retroactive award before sending the balance to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  41. Sarah says:

    I also have severe memory loss and they sent me to one of their doctors and he done many memory exercises that I didn’t do so well at either.

  42. shakergirl says:

    I had my alj hearing in september. i have received no letters from ss until yesterday. i got a letter from my local office that said in order to complete the ssi claim that they need to speak to me by phone and gave me a time and date. does this mean that i was approved for ssd and ssi and due to the government shutdown that i may just not have received my award letter or decision letter yet?

    • shakergirl says:

      sorry, my hearing was in august.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shakergirl,

      The letter for the telephone appointment to “complete your SSI claim” is an indication that, yes, you have been medically approved for SSI. The phone call will update your income and resources to determine your financial eligibility and monthly payment amount for all months since your application.

      If you have been medically approved for SSI, it is likely that you were medically approved for Social Security Disability (SSD) also.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  43. Stephanie Campbell says:

    I received an ssi letter saying that they need additional information to decide whether they can pay me ssi, but when I called them a decision had been made. What does additional information mean, they have everything.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Stephanie,

      Eligibility for SSI is two pronged–-you must be disabled according to Social Security law and you must have income and resources (assets) below a certain limit.

      The information you have given me seems to indicate that you have been medically approved for SSI. However, SSI financial eligibility and payment amount are determined on a month-by-month basis. The Social Security Administration (SSA) needs to review with you your income and assets for all months since you filed your application so that they can determine whether you were financially eligible in all months and for what amount. (You will not have to provide information every month in the future–only when you have a change in your situation or once a year, otherwise.)

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  44. Bill says:

    Hi Kay, I recently applied for social security on Sept 1st I know this is not a long time but I went on the social security web site to see what my benefit would be and it says something about amount not available at this time because I filed recently my question is could this be a good or bad sign of a approval? Thanks Bill

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Bill,

      It really isn’t a sign of anything.

      A document called an “earnings statement” shows all your earnings and gives an estimate of disability benefits and retirement benefits.

      If you would like to have the estimate of the amount you will receive if approved, you can request on Social Security’s website that an earnings statement be sent to you. Ordinarily, you could also call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 and ask that an earnings statement be sent to you; however, it is probably not considered an essential service during the partial government shutdown. That means that SSA probably will not take your request by phone at the present time. Hopefully, the automated functions that are triggered off the website are still working and you can get one off the website. Otherwise, you can request the information after the shutdown ends.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Bill says:

        Thanks Kay for the info. One more thing I would like to ask is I was just notified about 10 minutes ago to report next week to see two social security Doctors I have heard from different web articles that if they ask You to do this that You are looking at a being not approved for benefits and they should have all of my records as well is there any merit to this ? Thanks again Bill

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Bill,

          It is true that if SSA is asking you to attend independent examinations they do not have enough information in file to approve you.

          If you think that your medical records would allow an approval, I suggest that you call the Disability Determining Services (DDS) and talk to the examiner who sent you the request to attend the exams. Tell him or her that you are willing to attend the examinations if they are necessary, but you want to be sure that he or she has gotten your medical records because you believe that they support you are disabled. Then give the examiner the names of the medical providers and the dates for each from whom they should have records.

          Whether or not they have the records, attend the examinations if the examiner still tells you to do so.

          If DDS does not have the records you want them to have, contact your medical providers and get the records and get them to DDSas soon as possible. Also tell the examiner that you will be doing getting the missing records and that you want the records considered in the decision. Follow up with a letter saying that you are in the process of obtaining the records and list in the letter exactly which providers and which date ranges you will be submitting. (Again, be sure to go to the examinations if the examiner says he or she still wants you to do so, despite your getting records.)

          Regards,

          Kay

          • Bill says:

            Thanks Kay for the info I currently have bad neuropathy in my feet and hands and high blood pressure and diabetes and several mental issues as well. All of this is documented in my records as far as I know. I will plan on attending the examination I had just heard that if You are asked to do this that it meant a denial of benefits?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Bill,

            I am glad you plan to attend the examinations. I would still encourage you to be sure that DDS, in fact, has your records. They may not have requested them or they may have requested them and not received them.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

  45. Linda shively says:

    I sign my son up just want to know if he is approved or not his name Charles

  46. Linda shively says:

    leaning disability and speech disability that is what his teacher said told me to sign him up for this he have problem talking and writing
    his is 9yrs old have problem ever sent he be in school

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Linda,

      It sounds as if you should investigate SSI disability for your son. If your family income is below the allowable limit and he meets the disability requirements for SSI, you can receive a monthly check for him. I suggest that you get and submit to Social Security astatement from his teacher that describes his learning problems and also a copy of any tests of his abilities that the school district may have done.

  47. Donna says:

    Called ss today. They said my case was in quality review. That would take 60 days he said. What is quality review. Does this mean I have lost my reconsideraration? Does claims that loose go to this?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Donna,

      A certain number of claim decisions–both approvals and denials–are randomly picked to go through quality review. The purpose is to check on the quality (accuracy) of the disability decisions overall by reviewing a sampling. Your claim decision could be either an approval or a denial. If you are denied and believe that you cannot work, be sure to appeal within the sixty-day appeals period. After a denial, it is best to get an attorney who is well-qualified in Social Security law to represent you in your appeal. You can reach such an attorney by calling Disability Advisor at 1-888-393-1010. You do not have to pay any legal fees up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount your attorney can charge and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Best regards,

      Kay

      • Donna says:

        Thans Kay

      • David says:

        Not sure how it all really works but when I spoke with my DDS case worker she said all cases get reviewed.

        She informed me that she would have a decision then she would forward it to the SSA office where it would be a couple weeks while it went under review.

        On Nov 18 she said she was sending the paperwork back and I will have a decision in couple weeks. I called Dec. 2 and they tell me I have been approved on Nov. 18th but it’s still under review.

        Unfortunately in my case I will not get any fore warnings of a decision ( no phone calls to check info).

        Basically my question is if approved through the DDS office do they normally get over turned at the SSA office.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear David,

          DDS makes the medical decision and the Social Security office reviews the claim to see if any non-medical information is needed. The local Social Security office does not make medicaI decision. A small sampling of claims is reviewed by Social Security’s Quality Assurance (QA) department and that department could overturn the approval; however, it does not sound as if your claim was sent to QA. The local Social Security office will contact you if it needs additional non-medical information from you. Once non-medical review is completes, they will set up payment and release a written claim approval letter to you. If money is already due, you are likely to get the payment before the letter.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  48. Ms Danny says:

    Hi Kay
    That’s my daughters name too! Anyway I applied for ssi/ssdi April 2012 for nephrotic syndrome I meet the listing except for the swelling for 3 months I also have been hospitalized twice and have devolved heart issues as well from kidney meds I am currently wearing a heart monitor and taking a lot of meds as well as injections my kidney function has dropped to 44% … My attorney filed otr said we have a 70% chance of winning w/out hearing due to strong med recs but shutdown happened and now we wait what are chances of approval pls help also will my college age child and my other 4 small children be compensated as well if I win will my working husband be paid too?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ms. Danny,

      Based on your description of your medical problems, I agree with your attorney that there is a good chance you will be approved and possibly without having to attend a hearing.

      If you are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, only you will receive benefits under the SSI program. If you are approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI) and your Social Security primary insurance amount is less than the family maximum, your four minor children will receive benefits. All their dependent benefits together will total up to half of your benefit. Your college-aged son will not be eligible unless he was under age eighteen for some of the months you are found to be eligible. If he was, then the dependents benefits will be split among the five children in those months that all five are eligible. (If your son is now age eighteen or over, any benefits due him will be paid directly to him.) Your husband will probably not be eligible for benefits because he is probably earning more than $15,200 annually. If he is eligible, the total amount paid will not increase, it will just be split among the children and him.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  49. B.J. says:

    Hi,
    I am really frustrated! My son applied for Disability Aug. 14, 2013. On october 2nd he received a letter of denial for SSI due to not providing the information or evidence needed. However, when we check online and by phone to Social Security the msg. is that no determination has been made. When my son applied the was told that he was eligible for a certain amount of SSDI and also a small amount (forget the amt) for SSI to bring monthly benefits up to a certain amount. My question is …. is this denial for SSI also a denial for SSDI which is based on his work history? Quite confused… right now.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear B.J.,

      Each disability program–Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) sends separate notices. A denial letter for one is not a denial letter for both. That said, if the SSI denial was for failure to provide requested medical information, it is likely that the SSD will be denied too. On the other hand, if the SSI denial was for failure to provide financial information, then the failure to provide it would have no bearing on the SSD claim.

      As an aside, it might be a good idea for your son to appeal the SSI denial and provide the requested information. If he is eligible for SSI, in most states he will also be eligible for Medicaid (a public health insurance program.) Sometimes, Medicaid will even pay bills that he has already incurred that are unpaid for the period of time his claim was pending. It should be noted that he will not become eligible for Medicare until he has received twenty-four months of SSD benefits.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  50. Lisa LMNOP says:

    I have been working with a lawyer since 2009 to get my SSD. I have finally been to court & was Unapproved. I am now appealing. The issues they listed were things I feel they could have clarified prior to turning me down. They said although I said I have Fibromyalgia, they couldn’t find it in my records that I had been tested for FM. They also said my social phobias and mental issues weren’t that bad. I had even been diagnosed by a Social Security doctor with Lumbar Spondolytis but was never told what the conclusion was. I had spent a lot of time and money going to many doctors seeking a diagnosis & there it was in my file the entire time! My current general practitioner came into the picture after the diagnosis by both my rheumatologist and the Social Security pain doctor. My GP didn’t have the same information the Soc Sec ppl didn’t have so she told them I made it all up and that I wasn’t in nearly as much pain as I claim to be. She does write me prescriptions for Fibromyalgia medications and helped me get patients assistance from Parke-Davis and Lilly Drugs. Her letter to Soc Sec was so negative and made me sound like nothing was wrong with me.
    Although my lawyer is appealing, what else can I do to turn things around so Soc Sec can see what is really going on & not leave me punished for this lack of information situation. Btw, I’m 48 years old and my lawyer said that Soc Sec doesn’t like to award SSD to ppl under 50. This appeal is all the time I have left on my 5 year window. Please set me straight. THX

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lisa,

      You touch on several subjects.

      First of all, be sure to work with your attorney to be sure he presents everything that you think is important in your appeal. Let him know about anything you think the judge overlooked or interpreted correctly.

      About how Social Security makes their decisions. The do approve people under age fifty, but the requirements are more stringent. You have to be unable to work in any occupation, not just in occupations that you have done in the past. And, Social Security does give a lot importance to your own doctor because they think that your own doctor knows your condition best.

      I am unsure what you mean by your “five-year window,” but if you were still insured for Social Security disability on the day after the hearing decision was dated and your condition has worsened wince the date you originally claimed, you could file a new claim at the same time as you appeal your current claim.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  51. Niccki31 says:

    I applied for my daughter in May of 2012 for ADHD AND HAV BEEN DENIED SEVERAL TIMES which i also appealed everytime. NOW I HAVE A ATTORNEY AND WAITING FOR A HEARING WITH A JUDGE. In july 2013 I received a letter stating that my attorney had been contacted and asked to check my daughter file online and submit additional info if needed and the department will try and make a fully favorable decision but if no decision can be made a hearing will be scheduled. Im in Maryland and my question is i know i can call the 800 number to check on her case but how do I check on a my childs application online. I started the original app online but bcus my child was only 3 at the time I had to finish the app in person (3/2012). So is there a way to check her status online?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Niccki,

      If you still have the access number you were given when you started the claim on line, you may be able to check on the status of your child’s claim. However, it sounds as if you have a good idea of where it stands from the last letter you got. You and your attorney will receive a written decision from the judge if a favorable decision is made without a hearing. If a hearing is required, you and your attorney will receive a letter about three weeks before you are to appear in court.

      Sincerely,

      kay

    • Shakeia says:

      I had an appointment with my local SSA on October 29,2013 to be a rep payee on my sons case. The case manager told me to call direct express to establish direct deposit, so about an hour after leaving I called direct express and was told they can’t send me a card and to try calling back the next day. I call again the following day and was told they had no information and to try again in a month or so. ????? My sons ssi payments are suppose to start November first (tomorrow) and I still have no account or direct express card. How will they pay me???? And when? Tomorrow is November first.
      I need to but my son proper uniform pants for school ASAP!!! The school is nog letting him participate in anything. I was told that the ssa don’t send checks anymore will I get a check?? What will happen?

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Shakeia,

        DirectExpress cards are issued by the U.S. Treasury Department. Before the Treasury can set up a DirectExpress card, they have to receive notification of an approved claim. For that to happen, all the computer work to pay the claim has to be completed by the Social Security Administration and then the notice of approved claim has to be sent to the treasury. SSA sometimes sends the first payment as a check if the DirectExpress or direct deposit to a bank account has not been set up. All that said, you had your interview only day before yesterday and in all likelihood the work is not yet completed. Accordingly, it is possible that the November payment will be issued as back pay and the first regular monthly check will come in December.

        Sincerely,

        Kay

  52. Richard says:

    Hi there
    My name is Rick, I will try to make this short, but I’m just worried,
    I have worked since I was 16 years old built up a wonderful life, I’m now 43, but years ago I was a wonderful provider making very good money, and even owned my own karate school, life was very good, I was married for over 20 years, till about 6 years ago. About 5 years ago I started to have very extreme panic attacks, and anxiety, also had depression, and gastric paralysis and Nissen Fundoplication complications (if anyone is reading this never have that surgery your life will never be the same)
    Anyway I have worked as a Operation manager, a Nuclear maintence mechanical Planner for years. I have been fighting to beat all this that has gone wrong with me..Just wishing I could be who I use to be, never giving up even when I would get knocked down, I lost my last 4 jobs because of missing work and problems because of everything I go through..Man it’s horrible. My doctors finally told me there is nothing more they can do. I live with a friend or I would be out on the street. I lost everything I owned years ago. A life time off work gone just like that.
    Anyway the Dr. told me to file for SSID so I did on April 27th 2013
    Gave them all my records and everything they asked for, I never try to give up, my last job lasted 3 hrs. and I ran panic real bad. That’s when I said I can’t do this anymore an applied.
    I heard all the stories about being rejected. I started working again as a ware house person, again the issues are there running home and having real bad problems, but hiding it from my employer. And trying to fight it every day to beat it. when my case worker called me to get more medical information I had told her that I’m trying to work again because I don’t have any money to live this was 3 months after I applied on April 27 2013, all she said was just save your pay stubs and let’s see what happens if you can even get approved ,she told me that it would more than likely get me rejected.
    I went seen there Dr. It went well..
    I still try to work my boss is getting upset because of missed time and leaving all the time, but they still have not let me go, and I have not told them what my issues are, as I feel they would just get rid of me..Like I said I just keep trying to stand back up on my own 2 feet.

    I got a letter 0n 9/30/2013 saying we have found that you meet the medical requirements for Disability benefits, based off all the things I said were my problems.
    But they said they have to make a decision about whether I meet the nonmedical requirements and that they would send a decision and send a second notice explaining their decision..A couple of weeks later I got a Notice of award
    Saying you are entitled to monthly Disability benefits beginning April 2012
    They said they found me to be disabled under our rules on January 3 2011 but could only go back 12 months
    It also said what I will get each month starting in November of 2013
    And would get it each month the 2nd wed of the month
    Also said we are withholding your Social Security Benefits for April 2012 through September 2013 because they have to see if I also get SSI, which because of the amount SSID is giving me I already do not get SSI..I’m guessing this is the back pay for the last 12 months.

    My question sorry for being so long winded
    I got a call the other day from SSI asking me if all my information was the same as when I applied back on April 27 2013, Everything was the same but not the working part, I had told my SSID case worker after I applied about trying to work, the SSI lady said it does not mean much to her because I already will not get SSI because of the amount given to me from SSID, I asked her if me trying to work is going to cause problems with my SSID, I got approved for SSID and after Appling I have been trying to keep trying to beat this and stand on my own two feet and work, even some months making over the allowed amount not a lot of money. But I’m still trying But I feel I’m losing again and ones again I will fall again right to the floor.
    I have not even got any benefits yet never even thought I would even get approved but I did now I’m worried I’m going to lose them, and be standing there with nothing and no work again like in the past…

    What I’m asking does this count as a work trial because my goal is to beat this get help and get back on my feet. (Tears coming down just writing to you) I use to be someone and I won’t to be that person again so very much.
    Will I lose my back pay, I know I will not get SSI but will I lose my SSDI
    I have the Notice of Award saying you are approved, I just don’t know what’s going to happen Next. As my hours at my work have dropped so very much and I feel I’m not going to make it just like the jobs before.
    But I have no money I need to live off something and I will be standing there with nothing but a approval letter and nothing else.

    I hope you can ease my Anixty and stress from this

    Thank you
    Rick from Idaho

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rick,

      It sounds as if you started working again after you had been off work for twelve months. If this is true, it is likely that your work will be treated as a trial work period and benefits will be payable. If you returned to work between January 2011 through December 2011, then the work might be treated as an unsuccessful work attempt, depending how long you worked in that period, or might disqualify you for benefits.

      If the SSI representative did take copies of your pay stubs and did not say that she would turn over all the earnings information to the SSD representative, you need to be in touch with Social Security right away–this time to talk with the claims representative who is handling your SSD. Make an appointment asking to report work that you have done after your approved disability date to be sure you are eligible for benefits. Then take in all your pay stubs for work after January 2011. If you don’t have them all, get a printout or statement from your employer(s) that shows gross pay and pay-period dates. Even if the work information was to be given to the SSD rep, it might be a good idea to talk to the SSD representative directly about all the problems you have been having while working, specifically abruptly leaving the job and how many hours you are missing because of this and that you are concerned you are going to be fired due to absenteeism because your supervisor is unhappy with you.

      Just an aside, you don’t say anything about getting psychiatric treatment for your panic attacks. If your benefits start in January 2012, you will be eligible for Medicare in January 2014. I encourage you to accept all the Medicare coverage offered and to use the insurance to seek treatment.

      Best wishes,

      Kay

  53. Rick Kelly says:

    Hi there again its Rick again
    I gave all work history and pay stubs and W2s when i first applied on April 2013
    I then 3 months later tried working again and i told my ssid case worker. She said keep your paystubs and i was more than likely to be rejected.
    But as i said before i just got my approval letter saying i was approvied.
    Will the work im doing now count as a work trial
    and will I get my back pay as it says on the notice award
    also after talking to the worker to see if i also get ssi benifits which she said the other day that i would not get ssi because my ssid benifits are to high.
    Then today i get another letter saying that i do get ssi benifits and i have to have a phone interview on the 17th of this month to go over the process.

    Im lost i got approvied for SSDI telling me what i will get even after i told my SSDI worker about trying to work after first appling she stated you will more than likey be rejected. But then i got approvied. So does this count as a work trial even if i made over the allowed amount.
    Like i said i dont wont to be standing there in the end with nothing but a approved letter and nothing else.
    Also do i get what they said there back paying me 12 months from when i applied
    back too April 2012. Its states i was disabily back to 2011 but they can only go back 12 months

    im lost
    help please i dont understand and its causing me alot of anixty
    thank you
    Rick from Idaho

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rick,

      If you ceased work in January 2011 and did not go back to work until about July 2013, then it sounds as if you would be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) with a nine-month trial work period beginning with when you began to work. You can earn any amount in the trial work period and still be paid SSD for those months if you are still medically disabled. After the trial work period, you will not be paid for any month that you perform substantial gainful activity ($1,040 in 2013), but your claim will remain open for 36 more months if you have not recovered medically. Just be sure that you let your current SSD rep know about the work. Although you told her earlier, it would be a good idea for you to be sure that they get the information associated with your approved claim. Your Social Security can be paid for up to twelve months before your application. That means that your retroactive benefits will begin to accrue April 2012.

      With regard to the SSI, I think that the first representative you spoke to must have meant that you would not be eligible for SSI ongoing. They may now be investigating whether you are eligible for some in the past.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  54. Hello ago.Was sent toKay I have a quick question.I had applied for disability and had been denied as I didnt have a long enough medical files from Dr. So I reapplied about a year qgo and was sent to 3 of their Drs,who barely asked anything.I was denied.I appealed same day and Id heard it was still pending.Then I got a packet to fill out my job history(which Id done before) then today I got a letter from Medicare telling me I could get help with prescriptions and to fill ot the form(most info already printed in there) and send back.Thing is,I dont have Medicare. My mother in law told me shed gotten that right before shed gotten her first check and that she actually got a check before the approval/explanation letter, Does getting this letter and app mean I was approved? You cant look up anything due to dovt shutdown..

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Linda,

      The information you are providing is a little confusing in that Medicare does not begin until you have received 24 months of Social Security Disability benefits. That said, if you have been approved and the approval reopened your first application (not the one you filed a year ago) and the first application would have resulted in 24 months of payment by now or will in the next month or so, then it is possible that you have been approved based on the first application. Also, it is true that often the money starts before the approval letter and it is also possible that approval triggered an automated Medicare letter. If you gave Social Security your bank information when you applied, check your bank account daily for a deposit from the federal government. Otherwise, watch your mailbox.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  55. shawanna says:

    Hi I just had a hearing last month in front of the judge after being denied 2times. But the judge told me right there that he was finding me disabled as of 6-23-2012. So yesterday I called ssa to see the status of my case & that I no I was approved already & the lady told me that as of that Wednesday it was just put in that I was approved & to be looking out for a letter. What is the next step & how much longer do you think I have to wait being I have 5 children & thats including a 1yr old & ive been out of work since last yr due to heart failure I have bills that are way behind & really need to get them paid

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shawanna,

      A lot has to happen after a verbal approval by the judge on hearing day. The judge has to dictate a detailed approval letter, which has to be transcribed and sent to you and to your local Social Security office and action has to be taken to actually start the payments. I cannot tell from your message whether the approval “just put in” means that the local office just got notification from the hearing office of the approval and the letter will be asking you for more information or whether it means that payment has been set up in the computer and the letter will be an approval letter. Because that isn’t clear, I can’t estimate how long it will take for you to get payment. Watch your mail and also, if you gave SSA your bank account information, check your bank account frequently for possible payment before correspondence.

      Note that if your claim was for Social Security Disability (SSD) (not just Supplemental Security Income–SSI) and your primary payment amount is less than your family maximum, your children will be eligible for a benefit and SSA should contact you or their father if their father is in the same household for paperwork to get the children’s benefits started.

      I know that it is hard to wait, but now you can tell your creditors that you have been approved and you just have to wait for the payments to start. Perhaps they will be patient knowing that.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • shawanna says:

        When I called social security the lady that answered said that I was approved & I should be getting my aproval letter in about 7-10 days & to be on the look out for it. I never set up direct deposit either so will that slow the process as well

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Shawanna,

          If you did not set up direct deposit, you will get your first payment in a paper check and the only delay would be the time it was in the mail. After that you cannot receive a paper check. If you haven’t set up direct deposit in sufficient time before the second payment is due the Treasury Dept will automatically send you a DirectExpress card that you can use like a debit card at retailers. Each month they will load your payment on the card. If you want to get cash off the card, which you can do by going to an ATM, you will be charged 90 cents for each cash withdrawal.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

        • Kelly Garces says:

          Dear Kay I think someone put me on medicaid I just found this out when I went to the pharmacy that I have with medicaid now as my insurance so because they gave me the medicaid does this mean I am approve

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Kelly,

            If you signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and you have low income, you may have gotten Medicaid insurance from that application. This would mean your Medicaid would be independent of your disability application. I suggest that you call your local Social Security office or Social Security’s call center at 1-800-772-1213 to inquire about the status of your claim.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

  56. Kimberlee says:

    I received a letter in the mail after going before a judge that my case was found partially favorable and that she didn’t find me disabled from the time I claimed which was August 2011 but found me disabled starting September 2012. will I get back pay? Also I got a letter from the social security office asking me to come because they need information.I went in about 3 weeks ago. I received a card in the mail already. How long will it be before I get a payment and will the government shutdown affect how long?

    • Kimberlee says:

      It is for ssi

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kimberlee,

      Please clarify two points so I can respond to your questions. First, when did you file your application? Second, you wrote, “It is for SSI.” Is your application for SSI (Supplemental Security Income) only or also for Social Security Disability (SSD)?

      Best regards,

      Kay

      • Kimberlee says:

        I first filed in August 2011. I was denied and my lawyer appealed it. I was then given a date to go before an A L judge. I went in front of the judge and she said she would make a decision after my next doctor appointment. Well about 3 or 4 weeks I received a letter in the mail stating that it was a partially favorable decision. That she had not found me disabled from the alleged onset date but from September 2012. And that I would go up for a review in 12 months.and I was not approved for social security disability but was approved for SSI.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Kimberlee,

          Thank you for the clarifications.

          SSI benefits should be retroactive to September 2012. You asked how long it would take to receive benefits and mentioned that you received a card. I assume that the card is an ExpressCard onto which the government will load your SSI benefits each month. If that is so, you can watch for payment by running the card through an ATM and requesting a balance. Given that your SSI interview was three weeks ago, if they did not ask you for anything that you have not submitted, payment should be coming any day now.

          Best regards,

          Kay

  57. Jim says:

    Hello Kay
    I have been approved for S.S.D. I have a New York City Sanitation Pension tier 3 then put into tier 4 will my benefit’s for Social Security be effected . Also I gave them my bank information and they want me to come to there office with my bank information seem’s odd to me .
    Thank You
    Jim

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jim,

      Perhaps they overlooked that they have your bank information. I suggest that you provide it again as that is much simpler than trying to get them to check to see if they already have it.

      With regard to your NYC Sanitation Pension, the pension will not affect the amount of your Social Security benefit if the pension was based on work earnings that were also taxed for Social Security. If you and your employer did not pay taxes on your work earnings, then there is a public pension offset. If your Social Security is subject to that offset, Social Security and the pension together cannot exceed 80% of your average earnings, as defined by the Social Security Administration.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  58. christine says:

    HI ALL!
    I applied for disability a few months ago and recieved a letter the other daystating that a favorable decision has been made for ssi benefits and an appointment time to submit my birth certificate and financial info. If I was found to be disabled to recieve ssi, and over the past 20 years I have held a full time job and paid into social security, is it possible that I may recieve ssdi?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Christine,

      Yes, you probably are eligible for SSDI. In fact, the request for a birth certificate is likely for your SSDI claim because your SSDI payment calculation and work-credit requirement is related to your age at the time you became disabled. The income update is for your SSI claim. The two benefits will be coordinated so that you do not receive duplicate payment for the same period. This coordination typically extends the time to get payments started and back pay to be released so expect it to be a few weeks before you receive all payments currently due.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  59. sherry j hall says:

    I went for my disability hearing about two weeks ago, how long will it be before I know if I was approved or not? Will the federal government shutdown affect the time in which it is processed?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sherry,

      It can take up to sixty days to get a decision from the judge. Services to determine eligibility and to start payments appear to still be intact, so hopefully, the shutdown will not greatly affect your processing time.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  60. penny grant says:

    Hi Kay, WOW! I sure learned a lot from reading all the Q & A’s above…Thanks for taking the time to read, answer & post this for people:) Here is my question…After 4 years (and MANY denials), I finally rec’d. a ‘partial approval’ letter from ALJ for SSI, finding me officially disabled June 13, 2013. He stated due to being close to 50 years old, having fibro, raynauds syndrome, sjogrens syndrome, obesity, and no control of my bowels, I am finally approved! I still have 3 dependents at home, and I am a single Mom and have not worked for over 4.5 years. I have more than enough credits needed (over 15 years with the Fed.Gov’t.) and Does this mean my kids won’t be eligible for any SSDI benefits? No mention of any additional benefits were stated in the letter. Will I have to fill out another application for SSDI? Since this is the main reason I filed for disability to begin with. Thank you! Penny

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Penny,

      When you applied for SSI, the Social Security office would have had you file for Social Security at the same time, so you should have a pending SSDI application. You can look at your appeal request papers and they likely show the appeal is for both benefits, or if you have an attorney, your attorney should be able to tell you.

      ALJ approval letters usually address both Social Security and SSI in the same letter; however, because you received a partially favorable approval for SSI, they may be sending you separate notices.

      You do not say why the decision on the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) was partially favorable, but I am assuming that the judge made the decision that there was not sufficient evidence to support that you were disabled earlier. If that is so, then whether you are also eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) depends on whether you had enough Social Security-covered work in the ten years immediately preceding June 13, 2013. You had to have earned twenty work credits in those ten years and forty total in your lifetime. The amount of Social Security earnings required for each work credit has changed over the years due to inflation adjustments. For example in 1998, $700 was required for one credit and $2,800 for the maximum four credits that can be earned in a year. In 2010, $1,120 was required per credit and $4,480 for a full year’s credits. You do not say whether your fifteen years with the federal government was within the last 15 years before you ceased work, but if it was, then the work was probably covered subject to Social Security taxation and you probably earned work credits.

      If you are eligible for Social Security Disability and your primary insurance amount is sufficiently more than the family maximum, your minor children can receive, among them all, an amount equal to one half of your SSD benefit. You do not have to file a separate application for them, but you will have to complete a representative payee application so that you are formally approved to receive the children’s benefit on their behalf. The rep payee work is usually done at the same time as or shortly after the disabled person’s SSD is set up for payment.

      Just another thought: If you disagree with the date the judge found you disabled (or whatever factor made the decision only partially favorable) you have the right to appeal, but must do so within sixty days.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • penny grant says:

        Yes, my disability has become much worse over time. When I initially applied, I had fibro which was a result of 2 vehicle accidents I had been in previously. At that time I could still get around, but I had severe fatigue and wax and wane pain as most fibro patients do, but there was no way I could make it through a work day. Actually, I missed most days of the week. The irritable bowel I also had at that time, but it was manageable to the point I could still make it to the restroom in time. The autoimmune conditions (raynauds, sjogrens) have developed over time, and I faithfully see my rheumatologist for these conditions and the fibro. I guess since my conditions overlap each other, and I take multitudes of meds. the judge determined he couldn’t be sure when my actual disability started, so he just went back 5 months from my hearing date (an appeal) I attended in May 2013. I feel as if I would like the actual ‘approval’ letter from him, but I am afraid of going backwards when it comes to Social Security. I do have an attorney, but have not been very pleased with the time & effort he has put into my case thus far. I have to make an appt. (like 2 weeks out) just to talk to them on the phone, the info. on my court dates has been incorrect a couple times on letters they have sent me, etc. etc. – I feel like they just don’t ‘have my back’ when I have attended my hearings, and I end up getting confused & have misspoke more than once. And yes, I went from my gov’t. job right into being disabled, and I did pay into the soc sec system for the entire 15 years. Thanks again Kay.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Penny,

          Thanks for the additional information about your work history. It sounds as if you would still have been insured for Social Security Disability as of the date the ALJ found you to be disabled. (I am wondering from what you say in this message if you meant to say in your prior message that the ALJ approved you for SSI in January 2013 [five months before the hearing], not June 2013.) Despite the difficulty in communicating with your attorney, if you have not received an SSD decision from the ALJ within about two weeks, I would ask the attorney’s office if they got a letter–in the off chance your letter went astray.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  61. Billy says:

    Hi I filed for ssi back in june 2013 I am diagnosed with serious mental illness and I am wondering if that will help get my case approved.also I suffer from major depressive disorder any help is much appreciated thank you.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Billy,

      Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits can be paid for mental illness, including depression, if the individual’s symptoms are severe enough to keep him from performing substantial gainful activity (earning $1,040 or more per month) for a period of more than twelve months. The twelve months is either twelve months of disability that have already passed or they could be twelve months that you are expected to be disabled in the future.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  62. Billy says:

    I am diagnosed as having serious mental illness will that help my ssi claim?

  63. Rich says:

    Hello I hope someone can help give me some information I applied for ssi in June 13 and at the end of 2 months I received a direct express card. So I called ssa and they told me there not sure why they sent the card I am now on my 4th month and still no response I did get a phone call and they just needed my wife’s information and son my wife is on ssi already. So I am really confused nothing has happened yet any body no why ?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rich,

      Could you please clarify a bit,so that I might be able to give you an idea of where you are in your claim?
      1. Did you apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is a disability benefit paid to individuals who have family income and assets below a certain level or did you apply also for Social Security Disability (SSD), which is a benefit based on disability and your having worked under Social Security and paid Social Security taxes?
      2. Is your wife getting SSI or SSD or both?
      3. What kind of information did they want about your wife and son.

      Thanks,

      Kay

      • Rich says:

        Well I applied for ssi below a certain level I think as far as my wife she had no prior work so I believe hers is the same. For my son they just want soc number and birth date I talk to them today and they said that they have to wait for my neurology test they never asked me to see a doctor for mental health or primary which I have both already but it’s really weird they sent me a letter saying before we can pay you we need this information ect. Then I received a direct express card in the mail at the end of my second month. So I called and talked to some rep and they told me that they think they sent the card prematurely I got the card in August and well it’s now October so I’m really nerves hope that helped you. Thank you so much.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Rich,

          It sounds as if the medical decision on your claim is still pending and that they are gathering information about your family so that they can pay benefits in the right amount should you be approved. It is possible that they have not asked you to see a doctor for some of your conditions because they have received information from your doctors. If the neurology test was done by one of your own doctors, contact the doctor to try to get release of the report speeded up. If the test was done by a doctor Social Security sent you to, it is just a matter of waiting. Given how long it has been already, you might get a decision within a month.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  64. SHERRIE says:

    hi I just applied for ssi disability.I have been diagnosed with diastolic dis function of the heart. Osteo arthritis oculahysmosis, Sleep apnea,nerve damage to both feet. shoulder damage from torn roter cuff, Dyspnea also degenterative arthritis, Anterior superior end plate deformity at L3 i just had recticil surgery and have bowel problems a surgery that normily takes 45 min. took 3.5 hrs because how bad it was they could only do 50% of problem because how bad it was and I am 58 1/2 yrs old do I have a chance in getting approved for ssi I did hire a lawyer to file out the paper work thank you for you taking your time to read and respond to this Sherrie

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sherrie,

      I cannot say whether you will be approved for disability benefits. As you describe your conditions and the fact that you worked with an attorney to be sure that all your conditions and treatment were well explained to Social Security, I would say there is a reasonable possibility.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  65. Susan Dykes says:

    I have been waiting almost a year from when I applied with an attorney. I call with any updates to them about my various health issues. I called a few months aho.they were still.watjng on a court date of still pending. I have fibromyalgis, sjogrens, migraines, asthma. I get sick a lot due t o those factors. Do you t nink this is an option for me.
    Thanks
    Susan Dykes

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Susan,

      It sounds as if you are doing all the right things, such as keeping your attorney up to date on changes in your health. Because you have multiple problems arising from multiple conditions, it is hard to tell whether you will be approved, but you could be if your condition is severe enough. Hopefully you will get a hearing date soon so that you get a decision.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  66. JIM says:

    Hello Kay
    Can you tell me if the S.S.D. is taxed ,Also when I reach reg. S.S. age will my check amt change ?
    Than You Again
    Jim

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jim,

      Social Security is not taxed if you are a single tax filer and your adjusted gross income is less than $24,000 or if you are filing married and your adjusted gross is less than $32,000. If your income is above those amounts, there is a formula that determines the amount that is taxable. The higher your income the more that is taxable. The taxable amount is figured on an IRS worksheet when you file your taxes. If your state has an income tax, I suggest that you contact your state’s department of revenue to find out if your state taxes the benefit.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  67. Kim says:

    Hi Kay
    I applied for ssi and ssdi in July 2013. I received a TBI April 7 2013. I have not worked since. I have memory loss , focusing and concentration problems since not to mention sever migraines. I got a phone call a month ago from examiner asking if I had a cognitive memory test from my neurologist I said no. He said that was fine he was sending me to a psychiatrist Disabilty doctor for that.my appointment was today. I guess it went ok in the sense that I couldn’t remember the things she asked me to repeat. My question is when I got home I called my examiner he explained that after he gets the doctors report it goes to the doctors in his office then sent back to my local office . Is this a good sign ? He said I’ll be contacted by my local office thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kim,

      Your examiner described the normal procedure for reviewing the results of an independent medical examination. It is not a sign of either approval or denial.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  68. Chantel M says:

    Hello Kay,

    I applied for benefits back in March of this year. I still haven’t received any response. When I call or check the website, I am told that it is still pending due to the medical portion of my claim being reviewed. I was diagnosed with stage II IDC Breast cancer in February. Then I found out that I had the Breast Cancer I gene and would need to have a hysterectomy performed after finishing up with my chemotherapy. I had trouble with the chemo regimens and was hospitalized in May for a little while. Due to the chemo I developed sever neuropathy in my hands and feet. I am 31 years old now, and have always worked ever since I was of legal age to do so. I am married and have 3 children ages 11, 4, and 1. Needless to say it has been a rough year. Even though I’m married my husband makes too much (only $1,000) to qualify for any public assistance. We have never gotten any public assistance because we have always had two incomes until now! When I called the SSD office yesterday I was told that it is still pending and they have up to November 29th to make a decision on the claim. Is that a good sign or am I just waiting for nothing. I know it is hard to tell each individual case, but I feel like we were a working middle class family and now we are sinking. I am not looking for a handout, but I feel I worked for it and I should be able to get something while I’m out of work. If not for me for my children. PLEASE HELP!!! Any advice is helpful.

    • Chantel M says:

      Just to clarify on my husband’s income it’s $1,000 over the state of GA income guidelines to qualify for public assistance for a household of 5. Thanks in advance

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Chantel,

      Do not give up hope. When you are told the claim is still under review it is and that means you could be approved. What is important for you to do right away is to write up everything that has happened regarding your health after you filed your claim in March and get it to Social Security as soon as possible. If you have ever been contacted by the Disability Determining Services (DDS) office to provide any information, contact the examiner listed on the letter and send the updates to that person. If not, take them to your Social Security office and ask them to get it to DDS right away. Include in your letter, the dates of your surgery and when the neuropathy began to be severe. Also list all the doctors and other medical providers who have treated you since March and roughly the dates you saw them. If you have had nerve conduction studies or any other tests, be sure to list those and the approximate dates.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  69. Stacie says:

    hi my name is stacie, i have a question. I have applied for disability and received an email because i initially applied online, they sent me an email saying we received your request ….it was dated june 25th 2013 , I still have no decision yet I called few weeks ago checking up and all she said was they have until nov? Anyways couple questions i applied online but cant find my confirmation number to check my status online would it be on any of my paperwork fron them ? And second, I was denied back when I had my accident in 2007. I shattered my left hip pelvis fractured the right brain bleeds ribs scapula, anyways through the years ive had patrial tendon replacement to bring my foot up in 2008 so i could walk a little bit because i had drop foot, and this yr sept 2013 ive had total hip replacement but still not walking and my doc disabled me march 2014 bc while tryin to remove some of my hardware my bone cracked down and they had to rewire it all shut and do the hip replacement so im on no weight bearing now for a while….do you think i have better chances this time? im hoping this time goes better , with not working its getting difficultt to support my daughter and son as a single parent, thank you

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Stacie,

      Your condition changed–apparently worsened–since the last time you applied, so you may have a better chance with this application.

      If you printed the screen with your confirmation number on it at the time your started your application online, it could be in your paperwork. In the meantime, you can call Social Security’s phone center to obtain the same status information. Their number is 1-800-772-1213.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  70. alan allbee says:

    Kay,
    I applied for both ssi and ssdi for severe rheumatoid arthritis. I have the work credits for ssdi. I got a letter the other day stating I was medically disablex and qualify for ssi. Is this a good sign I will be approved for ssdi benefits ?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Alan,

      Yes, it is a good sign that you will be approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI). Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and SSDI have the same definition of disability for adults.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  71. brian says:

    I was denied for ssi last week yesterday I received a letter from ssa saying that they are going to stop withholding payments for child support how can that be if I never received payments

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Brian,

      If you were never paid benefits, then nothing was withheld for child support. The Social Security Administration must have posted a code on your pending claim record for child support withholding in the event that you were approved and when they closed your claim as a denial, they had to clear the code out, which likely automatically produced the letter that wasn’t applicable.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  72. Treyton D. says:

    Greetings to Kay,

    I applied for Disability in May 2012 while also working part time as self-employed. In August this year (8/2013) I received a letter from an agency that is responsible for making a decision whether or not I am qualified to receive the benefit. The agency required that I submitted all my financial information along with the required questionnaires. All required documents have been sent including the most recent income tax return (no check stubs since I am self-employed).

    My application for Disability then has been approved in early October this month (10/2013), and I just received a back pay retroactively from the date the application was submitted, and thereafter, I will be getting my payment monthly based on my date of birth.

    Since I am still self-employed doing part time while receiving Social Security Disability, do I still have to report to SSA even though I have recently submitted everything that was required to the agency in August 2013 before the decision was approved? Your advice is appreciated. Thank you.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Treyton,

      As long as you are working, you need to report if your earnings increase, the type of work activity you do changes, or you increase the number of hours you are working. Also, it is important that you keep all your work records because periodically Social Security may ask you to provide them. Part of being disabled is being unable to perform Substantial Gainful Activity, which currently means $1,040 monthly. With self-employment, that means your profit after expenses, but Social Security also reviews the number of hours you are working, services you are performing and other factors.

      It might be helpful for you to read the articles on disabilityadvisor.com about working while getting Social Security Disability. You can find the articles under the “After Approval” tab. You might also go online at http://www.ssa.gov and review the Red Book, which describes the many return-to-work incentives Social Security has. It will explain the trial work period, which you are likely in now, and extended period of disability during which payments are made while working.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  73. jasmine says:

    Hello every one I applied for ssi in march I have depression mood swings and anxiety also chrons disease I recently went to a ssi doctor where they do the IQ test I was wondering how long does it take to know the decision as well as how long before I get award letter or even benefits or even find out if I am approved I went to see the ssi doctor last Monday

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jasmine,

      It could be another month or so before you have a decision. The examining doctor will need to write his report. Then a doctor at the Disability Determining Services will review the report and the claims examiner will review all the information in file. The decision of whether or not you are disabled will be sent to your Social Security office, who will notify you of the decision. If you are found to be disabled, there will be a review of the non-medical eligibility factors.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  74. Annette says:

    hi my name is annette, i have applied for supplement social security income. and its been month. they sent me to get evalouated. since I have and learning disablity. a lady called me a couple of weeks ago and was wanting more info. told had my iep’s from school and I can send it to her. she was like thank you that can help. i remember when I applied before never had someone called me. thinks this is a good sign

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Annette,

      It is good that the examiner is being thorough in trying to gather all the information possible about your limitations; however, it cannot be interpreted as a sign of whether or not you will be approved.

      Sincerely.

      Kay

  75. Jay says:

    I signed up for ssi the beginning of may 2013 I have seen their doctors an they have sent reports back to ssi however I still have not got a letter or anything saying if I’m denied or approved . When I first filed the man at social security said if I was approved my first check would be in the bank November 3 2013 .. I guess my question is if I’ve not heard anything from ssi as of today is that good sign I am approved ?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jay,

      Your account of what the Social Security representative said seems to indicate that you have applied for Social Security Disability (SSD) based on your work earnings, not Supplemental Security Income (SSI based on low income and assets. The reason I think so is that there is an unpaid five-month waiting period for Social Security Disability and if you applied in the month you became disabled, the first month you would be eligible for benefits would be October and the October benefit is paid in November.

      Typically, if a decision is made in advance of when the benefit is due, the letter of approval goes out first. I suggest that you call the disability examiner who sent you the letter asking you to attend the evaluations and ask whether they have made a decision. His or her phone number should be on the examination request letter. (If they have made a decision, they won’t tell you what the decision was, but they should be able to tell you when they notified the local Social Security office of the decision. If they have made a decision and it has been a long time, then you can follow up to the local office to see if a decision letter as been sent (and perhaps gone astray.)

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Jay says:

        Thank you so much for taking the time out to answer my question

        • Kay Derochie says:

          You are welcome, Jay.

          • sherancia says:

            Hi I recently applied for Ssi for my son learning disability in may 2013. They denied him in august 2013, however I didn’t go appeal it or anything , but now his teacher is saying they sent her a whole lot of paper work to fill out , this was after he was denied. So I guess I’m trying to figure out is are they going to approve him?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Sherancia,

            I am wondering if you have an attorney who might have appealed on your son’s behalf. Or perhaps the teacher was sent the paperwork during the summer vacation before the denial and it didn’t reach her through the school mail system until after the claim was denied. Isuggest that you ask the teacher the date on the request. Then you will know for sure whether the date of the request was really after the denial.

            Whatever the reason for this confusing situation, you need to immediately contact your local office of the Social Security Administratioo (not the call center). f the date on the letters is after the denial, I suggest you tell them that you think the denial letter was an error because the claim is still being investigated. If they say the claim is definitely denied and cannot be reopened, then you have a couple of options.

            You have 60 days to appeal from the date on the denial letter, which Social Security figures you got at least five days after the date. If you are still in the 65 days, you could file an appeal and say you will be submitting a report from his teacher. If you are outside the appeal period, you could file a new claim, claiming a later date of disability so that you are not making the exact same claim, which could result in a denial becausse you are outside the appeals period. Of course, if you file a new claim, you would also want to submit the teacher’s report.

            Best regards,

            Kay

  76. netta says:

    Hi Kay,
    I have a few questions i applied for ssi and did everything i needed to do i even went for the evaluation they sent me to a couple of days ago my status online was saying Currently the state was processing the medical portion on my claim then yesterday it no longer said that it only said a decision has not been made now today it said We cannot process your request at this time so i called to speak to a rep they told me a decision has been made and my decision was sent to my local office so i asked him can i up date my direct deposit information so the rep said i couldn’t do it at this time because my claim isn’t in paid status yet he said a decision wad just made two days ago and it takes up to five days to reach the payment center once it reaches the payment center so i said ok really then he caught his self least i believe so because when i said really ok he said that’s if your approved im saying your approved or not but i have to wait and receive my decision in the mail but my question to you is why would he explain all that to me if you cant tell me my decision over the phone…….

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Netta,

      If the decision was being sent to the payment center, it sounds like an approval. However, the statement that you couldn’t change your direct deposit information until the claim was in paid status is not correct. (Social Security would not want to send your first payment to a closed account.) Because that information was incorrect, I’d say it’s best not to count on anything till you know for sure. I suggest checking back in a week from your first call and again ask to change your direct deposit information so that your first payment, if approved, goes to the right account.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  77. netta says:

    Ms.Kay
    I also meant to ask if i was denied would they have still explained to me about the payment center and my claim take five days to be in paid status also if a rep don’t call me and tell me claim was approved does that mean im denied

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Netta,

      If your claim was approved medically and they did not need any more information from you to start payment, they would not call. You would just get a letter, so not getting a call is not an indication of denial.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  78. netta says:

    Thanks Kay for your help……..

  79. netta says:

    Hi Kay,
    New information i spoke to someone again today now she said they just made a decision three days ago on the 22nd but the decision hasn’t post yet for them to see she said it takes up to five days for the decision to show on there side that why unable to update anything even she can’t update anything. My question is that true???

    • Kay Derochie says:

      I am glad the representative took the time to provide an explanation. I see no reason to doubt her. Just wait a day or two to allow a work day or two beyond the five days and then call again. If they say they cannot take care of the bank account information change as yet, ask them when and how you will be contacted to provide the information before the first check goes out.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  80. Dear Kay,
    I applied for disability Aug.2013. The adjudicator handling my disability case sent me a form to be signed by myself and a witness who can verify that they know me and I am who I am? What does that mean? Why do I need a witness signature?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Alicia,

      I don’t immediately think of a circumstance that would require a witness to your signature. Please tell me what the form says.

      Thank you.

      Kay

  81. Alicia says:

    It stated it needed a written signature because my adjudicator said when I filed it was an electronic signature. She also said my psychiatrist would not release records without my signature on a medical release form. She asked me if I would see the social security psychiatrist and I said I would. She then said she did not know if she would make me do that or not.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Alicia,

      The form you have been asked to sign is a consent form for the Social Security Administration and the Disability Determination Services to get information from your physicians, including your psychiatrists. You will need to sign the form or your claim might be denied for lack of information. A witness is required because of the importance of such an authorization and because your signature is being obtained by mail instead of in the presence of a Social Security employee.

      You will be asked to go to an independent psychiatric examination only if your own psychiatrist does not provide enough information. That is why the examiner was not definite or not about whether you would be asked to attend an exam.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  82. netta says:

    Hi Kay,
    I received a letter today saying Notice of Disapproved claim Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance does that SSDI and SSI? I also filed an appeal i also put down my husband to represent meand friend to be a witness i gave them my friends information and she also going to write a letter to take to my hearing when and she’s going to file out any form they’ll send her because she knows my conditions and my husband know condition because he here with me everyday they asked me if i had any new conditions and injuries sense my first claim and i said yes and added that i was currently in the hospital do to severe knee and back pains they diagnosed me with Ostereoartheritis and a Slippery disc i went to my doctor and gave her papers from the hospital and she diagnosed me with the same thing and she made me an appointment to see a sports Medical Cunsultant and for X-RAY. So i made sure i gave them all that information plus the hospital information do you think that’s a good thing and have a chance of winning my appeal???

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Netta,

      Thank you for the update. It sounds as if you have done a good job updating Social Security about your condition and getting help with the claim. Unfortunately, I can’t predict whether you will be approved.

      If you are denied again, I suggest you hire a knowledgeable Social Security attorney to help you prepare your appeal and to represent you at the hearing. You can obtain an excellent Social Security attorney by calling Disability Advisor at 1-888-393-1010. You do not have to pay any legal fees up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount your attorney can charge and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  83. Patrick Jones says:

    Hello K,
    I’m a 43 y.o. Male. Served my country from 1992 and was diagnosed with epilepsy. I was seizure freeze for about 15 years. In 1998 I secured a job as a LEO in South Carolina and served this state for the past 17 years. On July 9th I had a pulmonary embolism that almost killed me. I was admitted to the hospital and started on a Warafin regiment. As you know I was a liability to the LE dept being on the road while on blood thinners as the least scratch, cut can cause me to bleed profusely internally and externally. I was discharged from the hospital on July 19th. July 20th while asleep I had a grand mal seizure. As a result of this seizure I lost TOTAL feeling on the right side of my body. To include my leg, right arm, numbness in my face and diminished vision in my right eye. I can’t walk without the aid of crutches and the VA sends a PT nurse twice a week to my home to help me exercise my leg but I will need the aid of at least one crutch for the rest of my years. I found out last week from my VA optometrist that my vision is going in my right eye. I have to be fitted with a special contact lens in both eyes b/c regular glasses will not work. And I’m having to see a cornea specialist on Nov 5th. Have been having seizures ever since to date. I’m on two seizure meds and anxiety/panic meds that make me drowsy and lethargic day and night. Not to mention I may have to be on the blood thinners for the rest of my life. I have not been back to work since the day I took ill July 9th. I filed a SSDI claim(08/29/13) and a VA claim(08/01/13) as well. I sent several records to both entities and received phone calls from the initial claims handler and two calls from the DDS examiner asking questions about me frequency of seizures etc. I also explained to her that I took the liberty to print off all of my medical records and sent them all certified mail to the initial claims handler to be forwarded to her. This DDS examiner was rude!!! “Look I just got 400 pages of your medical records today and it’ll be awhile!” The initial claims handler is another Einstein… Says on the website on the status of my claim they needed proof of military service so I sent my original DD214 to him. Website says any original copies sent to us will be returned. Well that was two months ago. After 3 letters to him and four phone calls with voicemails left this person has not calked me back. I call the local office but all they do is divert their calls to another regional call center.. I have drafted letters to my congressman Joe Wilson and my Senator Lindsay Graham. My question is should I send them b/c I’ve heard horror stories about DDS examiners and if they get heat from officials you’re claim is pretty much denied. And in speaking with other veterans this particular DDS worker has handled about 10 veteran cases and denied all ten of them! Pattern? Prejudice against vets? I don’t know but I do know I can’t work and I want to work but my condition prevents me from doing so. Nothing would give me pleasure than going 100 miles hour taking down the bad guys/girls and protecting the citizens like I’ve done for the past 17 years. But I can’t… I paid into this system almost 28 years. I served my country. Why are these gov’t entities so rude? Sending my letters to my elected officials…..

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Patrick,

      It is unfortunate that you encountered a rude employee.

      The local Social Security office, not the DDS, is the office that needs your DD214. If you sent the DD214 to the DDS, probably your best bet to get it back is to have your local Social Security office request that the DDS return it. I don’t know when you called the local office; however, during the government shutdown, which lasted over two weeks, many local offices that usually take calls were temporarily rerouting calls. You might try again now. If that fails, are you able to go to the office or could you authorize someone to go in your behalf? With regard to the DDS, no matter how frustrating it is and no matter that you sent all your records, be sure to answer all their questions.

      Best regards,

      Kay

      • Patrick Jones says:

        My real question is should I send letters to my congressman and senator to speed this process up? Like I mentioned before I’ve heard horror stories that if you do that you are as good as denied especially by this particular DDS examiner….

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Patrick,

          It is within your rights to contact a congressman about your claim, but it may not speed anything up. Typically, the congressman’s office just makes an inquiry and reports the status of the claim back to you. The processing of your claim is unlikely to be affected one way or the other.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

          • Patrick says:

            Well as I thought sending those letters to my state congressman and senator only pissed the VA and SSID off. Both denied my claims on November of last year. Both are VALID claims and they find for. Denial. Hired attorneys for both appeal processes. Just letting my fellow veterans and disabled Americans know writing your state reps may not be a good idea. It just makes the individuals working your claim mad b/c they now have their bosses breathing down their necks b/c the politicians are breathing down their bosses necks. CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR WHAT YOU DESERVE!!!

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Thank you for sharing your experience and you opinion, Patrick.

  84. jacob says:

    hi there kay im not good with asking questions but i was denied my first claim and i filed an appeal in aug i had a brain tumor removed that caused me to have problems with my Equilibrium and i was in special ed becaused of memory loss from the tumor being removed and i have lost jobs because i move to slow so how long does the appeal take to know if i get it or not.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jacob,

      First (reconsideration) appeals are usually processed in a couple months. If you are denied again and have to appeal a second time, the second a appeal will likely take many months to two years.

      If you do not have an attorney, I suggest that you get one as soon as possible so that your first appeal can be presented in the best possible way and perhaps avoid having to appeal again. You can obtain an excellent Social Security attorney by call Disability Advisor at 1-888-393-1010.
      You do not have to pay any legal fees up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount your attorney can charge and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Best regards,

      Kay

      • jacob says:

        so i can still get a lawyer even though i appealed 3 months ago?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Jacob,

          Yes, you can retain an attorney while a claim or appeal is pending. You will sign a representation form, a copy of which the attorney will send to the Scoial Security Administraton to alert them that you have representation. Your attorney will decide what additional information might be submitted after talking with you.

          Best regards,

          Kay

  85. jacob says:

    can i talk to a lawyer even though i filed my appeal 3 months ago

  86. Chantel M says:

    Hello Kay,
    I wrote you back on Oct. 19th. I spoke with Social Security today and now I am being told that it just went to the disability determination board yesterday. How am I getting conflicting information? When I asked the lady on the phone she told me they have until February 25th to make their decision now. Two weeks ago I was told that they had to make a decision on or before November 29th. How has this happened?!!! I am so frustrated with this whole process, not to mention just about everyone you speak with are VERY RUDE! The lady ask me if I had submitted more information online regarding my claim or if they had contacted me needing more information, in which both cases the answer was no. So then she tells me well I don’t know the problem then, but the determination board just received it yesterday and they have until February 25th. I feel like I am getting the run around is there anything I can do? Have you seen this happen before? If so what is the problem? Thanks in advance for your time.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Chantel,

      I have not seen a claim held in a local office for six months before it is sent to the Disability Determining Services (DDS). Anything can happen, of course, but it seems unlikely–not impossible–but unlikely.

      I think that things are in a bit of disarray at Social Security from the more-than-two-week partial government shut down. This is my impression because there has been a recent increase in people reporting that they are getting conflicting information from the Social Security Administration. As much as I hate to say it, I think you will just have to wait and see what happens, this is, just wait for the decision whenever it comes.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  87. Phillip R says:

    Hi there, I was denied for SSDI. and got a Disability Attorney handling my case.
    I don’t want to bother my case manager at the law firm. But would like to keep up dated if possible. When I last spoke to her she said it can take anywhere from 12 to 18 months more or less for a hearing/appointment to be made.

    Is there a way to go online & see where I am in the process?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Phillip,

      Online records will just show it is pending a hearing. It may be helpful to know that your claim is not being worked the whole time while you are waiting for a hearing date. It is waiting its turn. You and your attorney will be notified of the hearing date about three weeks in advance. The hearings office’s work on your claim will begin around that time.

      If you do not know already, I suggest that you ask your attorney or the attorney’s assistant to tell you the general procedure they follow to prepare for your claim for the hearing. What do they plan to do to prepare and when do they plan do that? Finally, is there anything you, your doctors’ or past employers need to provide or follow up on? This will give you a background on what is going on and perhaps ease your mind.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  88. Nick says:

    I was told that a decision had been made on my claim for SSID on September 5th. I called again and asked if a letter had been sent out or should I just be patient for it. She said to just be patient for it. I am getting no real information from them. My condition is worsening. I just don’t know what any of it means, since they can’t tell me anything over the phone. Any ideas from that response from SS?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Nick,

      First check your bank account. Sometimes the first payment is released to the bank account before the letter, which can come even two weeks later. You can either continue to be patient (the government shut down partially shut down the Social Security Administration for more than two weeks) or you can call and ask for an appointment to talk to the person handling your claim so that you can submit whatever they might need to complete the payment.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  89. Nick says:

    My mistake. It is SSI .I was told that a decision had been made on my claim for SSI on September 5th. I called again and asked if a letter had been sent out or should I just be patient for it. She said to just be patient for it. I am getting no real information from them. My condition is worsening. I just don’t know what any of it means, since they can’t tell me anything over the phone. Any ideas from that response from SS?

    Thank you.

  90. Crystal says:

    My daughter was just approved for ssi on the 24th of this month. How long until she receives her first payment and/or back pay??

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Crystal,

      Before your daughter is paid, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has to update the financial factors of her claim. She can call her local office (or you can if she is a minor) and ask for an appointment to update financial information for her claim so that payment can begin. This appointment can be in person or by phone.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  91. marcia says:

    I called the DDS 2 days ago to let them know my doctor put me on a
    new prescription, besides the ones I’m taking. The lady said she didn’t need my new info because a decision had already been made. I filed my claim on 7/5/ of this year. When I go to check my application status, it says a decision has not been made. What’s up with that?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Marcia,

      I believe that postings to the online system that you can check have fallen behind due to the government shutdown. At that time information was not always adequate and the Administration may be working to get it caught up. If Social Security has not contacted you within two weeks of the date the examiner said that the decision was made, I suggest following up with your local office on the status, telling them that the examiner said a decision had been made, but you have not received notification.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  92. Aubrey says:

    Hello Kay,

    I just received my back pay today via direct deposit. I haven’t received a letter in the mail but I am signed up on the ssa website so it has sort of a copy on there with the amount i am getting monthly and the day it will be paid. My question is, I got my backpay on the first of this month, for four months. I am due to receive my benefits on the third wednesday of every month. Now when I am signed on the website it says everything is active, it has the last payment i received but it says my next payment is $0 with no date. Is this because they just paid me and it has to reset for next month? I’m just curious if you would have any idea if this was normal.

    Thank you for your time!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Aubrey,

      Your explanation of why the online record shows zero for the next payment may be correct. If it is, then the online record should change in one or two business days to show an upcoming payment.

      Another explanation for the zero entry could be that your back pay was paid through October, although I would have expected it to have paid through September because Social Security benefits are paid in the month following the month for which they are due. (Your October payment is not due until the third Wednesday in November.) Does the letter that you can see online tell you which four months are being paid?

      If neither of the two possibilities above explains the lack of a posted ongoing payment amount, then I suggest contacting Social Security to alert them in case some action on their part is still needed to trigger ongoing payment.

      Best regards,

      Kay

      • Aubrey says:

        It says it was beginning July 2013.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Aubrey,

          Given that the letter says your first month of eligibility for benefits was July 2013 and they paid you four months benefits, we can deduce that you have been paid for July through October and that your next benefit will be paid the third Wednesday of December for the month of November.

          Best regards,

          Kay

  93. Katherine A. says:

    Hello Kay,
    My son got approved on Oct.1 for SSI ,already had my last interview updated financial info & everything.He have not yet gotten a payment or letter every time I call or go into the office some one tells me something different.I waited till today and when I called the lady on the phone told me yes he did get approved but they can’t realease payment to me as a rep.payee because there is a problem matching my information, every time the case is sent to the payment center it bounces right back due to SS# mismatch she told me it has to be corrected manually and re submitted & that was done on OCT.24 & that it shouldnt had not taken this long,I was a victim of Identity theft & fraud 5 years ago so SSA changed my SS# I would think that they shouldnt be having this type of problem since They wore the ones that gave me a new number te old # and new one are link to show that it is in fact the same person.So to my question do you think we are going to have to wait much longer, He has already been approved just waiting on payment center to update and fix the information and acknowledge me as a rep. payee.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Katherine,

      I wish I could predict how long it will be before processing is complete. I would hope that your son’s case would be flagged for quick completion now that the Scoial Security number has been cleared up by the local office. If you do not receive the first payment within thirty days, recontact your local office and ask them to follow up.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  94. Ms Danny says:

    Thanks for reply! My lawyer said that the judge looked at recs for otr and requested last visits med recs stopped at July and said was good sign since judge could have just denied otr and set hearing she then resubmitted with current recs showing recent hospitalization for heart issues and additional meds lab results of kidneys function dropping to 41% When I called odar today the friendly helpful reps from last times were not present this rep said to contact my lawyer and that she couldn’t give any info on otr is that a bad or good sign or am I just to anxious since its getting to the end I just need this to help my husband

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Danny,

      I would trust your attorney opinion that the investigation is a good sign. I wouldn’t read anything into the person at ODAR referring you back to your attorney rather than discussing the case with you.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  95. Ms Danny says:

    I am only 35 years old

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Danny,

      I answered a question for you yesterday. Did you intend to ask another question with what appears to be a partial message today in which you give me your age?

      Regards,

      Kay

  96. dennis early says:

    do i have to set up direct deposit for my disibility checks for my bank? or do they already have the info? i had to waive 1 yr of medical to get my fully favorable decision does this include dental as well?they said that i should be getting another letter by nov 30th will that have a check in it? thanks for your help

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Dennis,

      If you gave your bank account information to the Social Security Administration when you filed your claim, your first payment will go to your bank. If not, it will come in a check and your will need to set it up with your bank. If the first payment is a check, it will not be enclosed with the letter; it will be mailed separately.

      I do not understand what you mean by “waive one year of medical to get a fully favorable decision.” I have never heard of disability decisions being related to or dependent upon medical insurance.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • dennis early says:

        Kay,Thank you for the quick response.i was denied the first time and been waitingfor a few years on oct 28th 2013 my atttorney shook and stone called and asked me that if i would waive one year of my back pay and 1 year of medical ,that the claim would be a gaurenteed approval.since ive been waiting since june 8th 2010 this was the date of my denial then i ve went to the doctors to recieve more evidence and they approved my disibility on sept 13 2013> since life has been such a struggle the last few years ,i agreed on the offer for a sure thing. iwas originally injured when i was 9 yrd old had surgery at 17yrs old and was offerered disibility in 1979 and turned it down i was raised with a lot of pride and thought disibility was a handout,until 35yrs later until i could no longer do much of anything.the dr. that did the original surgery said that i couldnt be a janitor with pain, for most of my life i was a
        mechanic and carried the burden of pain until it was just to much thats when i filed for disibilityon june 10th 2010again thank you for being there for me as i feel better with someone to talk with about all this disibility issues,your a nice person !

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Dennis,

          I am glad I could be of some help.

          I believe that when you “waived” benefits, you were just following your attorney’s advice that you could be approved for sure (in his judgment) on a certain date, but that it would be harder to prove a date of disability a year earlier. It would seem that your attorney felt it was in your best interests to proceed in that manner. It would not, however, have been a deal made with the Social Security Administration as, to my knowledge, the Administration does not make such deals.

          Best regards,

          Kay

          • dennis says:

            i called disibility yesterdayand the lady told me that i would be getting my 1st check soon and that the 2nd check will be pit into direct deposit. when my atty asked if i would take the settlement deal,she told me if i went in front of the judge that mightthe judge may have a different judgement,so thats why i took the for sure thing .something doesnt sound right with what my attorney advised me of. should i appeal this decision ? i didnt want to be greeedy again i just wanted a for sure decision?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Dennis,

            Thanks for the additional information. I believe that what likely happened is that the judge read your claim file and found that you could be considered disabled based on the information in the file beginning with a year after the year you claim. The judge gave the choice of being approved “on the record” without a hearing on the date supported by the claim file or seeking to be approved on the date your claimed (a year earlier) by going to a hearing and arguing for the earlier date. You had the choice of accepting the ruling on the record or going to the hearing to seek more benefits. This is not a “settlement,” just a choice you were being offered.

            I don’t know that you would be successful in appealing to the Appeals Council and requesting a hearing after all.If you are having second thoughts about your decision, I suggest that you discuss the situation with your attorney.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

  97. Brian says:

    Hey Kay I had my hearing on the 18th of OCTOBER the VE said there would be no work for me to do. I have anxiety and depression hospitalized several times and was documented According to research if the VE said no work doesnt that mean I was approved?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Brian,

      There is a good chance for approval if the vocational expert testified that there is no work that you could perform given your limitations.

      Best regards,

      Kay

      • Brian says:

        Dear Kay
        Since Our Last Reply the only answers I get are its with a decison writer and it has been over a month now. I am out of all my medications and no way of getting them at all my epilepsy meds are 435 bucks a whoop and my anti anxiety is 275 and my anti depressisants are 200 what should I do to speed this up? I am also now Homeless!!!

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Brian,

          Unfortunately, there is really nothing you can do to speed up getting the hearing decision, except to be sure that you have a stable place to receive mail and that the hearings office and your Social Security office have that address. If you get an approval notice from the judge, you could then go to Social Security right away and ask for an appointment to provide anything they need. Tell the receptionist that you are homeless and out of your meds and would appreciate getting the appointment as soon as they can possibly schedule it.

          If you can still connect with a physician, even y phone (or email from a public library), you might ask whether they have any samples of your epilepsy meds or if they have contact information for the pharmaceutical company that produces it. Sometimes the drug companies will provide medicatin for free for a limited period of time.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

        • NEKIA says:

          Try looking up your diagnosis on http://www.panfoundation.org they approved me for thyroid cancer medication at the max of $1500

  98. Hi Kay, I was looking online at my Social Security account and notice I have an award letter that states how much I will get and when; however, the initial entry into the site says that a decision on my claim has not been made yet. What should I take from this? Should I get happy and assume my disability application has been APPROVED? Also, I applied in June of this year, and the letter is saying payment will begin in December. I initially applied in 2002 and had to wait almost five years for a decision. They finally approved me but due to financial hardship and becoming homeless with a minor child, I had no choice but to return to work. They finally gave me a “Closed Period” in 2007. My attorney did not inform me that I could have stop working or reapplied within 5 years without going through a waiting period. Do you think I will be able to get any backpay, since I was approved before and have had ongoing issues, even added disabilities after that period?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shirley,

      The information you are getting off the Social Security website is indeed conflicting. I suggest that you check with Social Security to see which is correct. Either call 1-800=-772-1010 or call or visit your local office.

      As far as back pay goes, you will not receive any related to your prior application and closed period of disability. You do not say when you stopped work again or the date that Social Security found you to be disabled. If you stopped work again in June 2013, the first month you would be eligible would be December and the December benefit would be paid in January.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  99. Brett Dunmyer says:

    I am waiting for a decision on my claim , I received a letter today asking for my bank statements , taxes , etc. Is this a sign that I may finally be approved ?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Brett,

      Yes, being asked for financial information may be a sign that you have been approved.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  100. i had my hearing on october 29th 2013 the judge sais he was approving me,ts it possible to get payment before it leave the judges office?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Wanda,

      No payment will be made until the Social Security office has received the judge’s written decision, which can take up to sixty days. After the office receives the judge’s decision, if additional information is needed from you to start payment, a representative will contact you.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      Best regards,

      Kay

  101. Carrie W says:

    I have a question and not sure if it can be answered here. My husband filed for disability back in May 2013, today he called and was told the file was finally transferred to Maryland (we live in WI). Our local social security still could not advise of the determination, but that they could see it was still in process. He did not write down the confirmation number when he initially filled online – so is there a number that we can contact to see if there is any other info we can provide to speed up the process or? He did provide our bank info about two weeks after he filed, but since then he has not really been asked for any info – they have just been pulling whatever was needed from the doctors.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Carrie,

      Your husband can call the Social Security call center at 1-800-772-1213 periodicqlly to get a status.

      It is unclear to me whether your husband’s claim has been transferred to Maryland’s Disability Determination Services (DDS) because of DDS backlogs in Wisconsin and is still being reviewed medically or the claim has been sent to the program service center in Maryland to be set up for payment. The fact that you were asked for bank account information a couple weeks ago may be an indication that the claim is being approved.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  102. Chantel M says:

    Hello Kay, I wrote you back on the 31st. Well I called the disability department again and this time they gave me an adjudicators phone number to speak with. She told me that she just now received my claim on the 28th of October. No one can tell me why or how my claim just sat for 7 1/2 months. She told me that they don’t have any control over that. I understand they are backed up, but 7 months before they even start on it? That is very crazy to me. Then one of my doctors informed me that they were only asking for records from June to present. Why would that be when I had my double mastectomy back in Feb. of this year. That was the date that I put my disablement began. This is such a roller coaster ride of emotions. How could this have happened? What if anything should I do? Is there a way to find out why my claim sat dormant for so long? Thanks in advance again Kay.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Chantel,

      I suspect that there really is no explanation for why your claim did not get transferred to the Disability Determination Services (DDS) shortly after you filed the claim. Somehow it must have fallen through the cracks. Finding out why will really serve no purpose. I would say it is best to focus as you are on getting everything to the examiner quickly and correctly now. I suggest calling the examiner again and ask why they requested records only back to June given that you have been disabled since February. You could also ask your doctor to send records back to February, regardless of what they asked for.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  103. nicki Barnes says:

    My son was approved for benefits and I sent in my stubs how long before he receives a check?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Nicki,

      Processing times can vary, but it could be as little as two weeks or more like a month.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • nicki Barnes says:

        Thank you, I appreciate it. So MT next question which probably should have came before the initial question. Was told I was approved over the phone is that normal? I’m asking because when I call the hotline they can’t see any decision that has been made. I did file my claim for my son while the government was shut down so I don’t know if that affects it or was the lady that called and asked me to FAX my stubs incorrect?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Nikki,

          I do not believe that you would not have been asked to fax your pay stubs if you had not been approved.

          Kay

          • nicki Barnes says:

            So I called the hotline to check to see what my sons status was and the rep told me that my claim was still pending. I told hinm I had gotten a call from SsA and the lady said I was approved and she needed my stubs for the month of October. He said that was standard processing and I shoould receive an answer by the end of February. Wouldn’t I have to resubmit the stubs again if its that long of a process? I’m thoroughly confused on how I went from approved to pending…help please

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Nicki,

            I believe that your son has been approved medically. The service representative you spoke to told you that the claim is pending because your son also has to meet the financial requirements before the claim is fully approved for payment. Your submitting the stubs is part of the financial evaluation and processing toward payment.

            There is a saying, “Under promise and over deliver.” My guess is that your being told you would hear by February is an example of that. The estimate is likely far out in the future so that the actual completion date will surely come through before the estimated date.

            As far as submitting pay stubs, you will have the ongoing responsiblity to submit stubs every month as long as your son continues to get benefits.

            Best regards,

            Kay

  104. Justin says:

    I have Neuralgia and filled for disability since i cannot work anymore having trouble walking a lot and standing for a decent amount of time. I am being helped getting my disability through a hospital and they have already sent me papers to sign and requested medical records Do i have a good chance of getting accepted ?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Justin,

      Whether or not you are approved will depend on how severe your condition is, how it limits you, and whether there is work you can perform, such as work that does not require standing or walking. Be sure to describe your past occupations carefully and list all limitations you have, including any that are related to conditions other than your primary neuralgia condition.

      If you are denied and believe that you are disabled, be sure to hire a Social Security attorney for your appeal. You can obtain an excellent Social Security lawyer by calling Disability Advisor at 1-888-393-1010.You do not have to pay any legal fees up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount your attorney can charge and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Sincerely,

      Kay Derochie

  105. larry liebherr says:

    i applied for ssi for depression and aniexty i went to my mental exam with dds the other day and had some tough questions from her like repeating numbers forwards and backwards i couldnt remember some does that hurt my case she also said she couldnt repeat them for me so i did the best i could she also asked me to explain my depression i was like tongue twisted i couldnt think staight ihope this doesnt hurt my case

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Larry,

      Dear Larry,

      Not being able to repeat numbers should not hurt your case. Hopefully, feeling “tongue twisted” and “not being able to think straight” did not keep you from being able to tell her how your depression shows itself.

      However, because you had trouble expressing yourself, if you are denied, you should definitely get legal help with your appeal so that your case is well presented. You can obtain an excellent Social Security attorney by calling Disability Advisor at 1-888-393-1010. You do not have to pay any legal fees up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount your attorney can charge and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  106. jackie says:

    Hello Kay…I Applied for benefits in Aug.2013 I was sent a denial letter for lack of signed medical release forms.(they were late due to anxiety) Well I turned the forms in 10/21/13. My claim is for anxiety depression and I. Was also diagnosed as bi polar at age 16. I am on two meds for my condition and have been on numerous mess since 16 I am now 38 yrs old and was hospitalized for severe stress during pregnancy Which stopped my baby from growing.Before I go on and on my question is…if I get a deposit prenotification from us treasury 310 is this a clue that I may be approved? Thanks in advance!!!Jackie

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jackie,

      Yes, it is likely that benefit payment is being set up for you.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • jackie says:

        Thanks for taking the time to answer my question…although I’m still confused about the decision being so fast is this possible? I called asa office twice the first time I was told that this is a usual routine thing and the second call I was told this is only done after approval??? May I have your opinion on that? Thank you Jackie.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Jackie,

          Notification from Social Security to the Treasury Department to set up payment would ordinarily be done only if you were approved. Of course, that does not rule out the possibility of an error.

          Best regards,

          Kay

  107. jackie says:

    Sorry..thank you Kay…sincerely Jackie(cant find the comma lil :) )

  108. kathy Stokes says:

    It’s 4 yrs of being denied now for the last 3 yrs with a lawyer and going in front of a adj judge and was still denied

  109. lisa says:

    I been waitn 6 to 7 mos now.could that mean I’m not gettn it I call to see did they have everything and they said they did and that they lookin over it.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lisa,

      The length of time your claim pends does not predict the outcome. They just have not made a decision yet.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  110. kathy Stokes says:

    Hello my question is it’s been three goin on 4 with laywer been denied all the way now my lawyer filed a new claim this and now we hadn’t gotten an answer til today a new medical examiner says she has the case and it should not have went this long with no decision will I I win?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kathy,

      It is not possible to know whether you will be approved on your new claim. That said, apparently your attorney believes there is a possibility; otherwise, he or she would not have suggested that you file a new claim. (It is encouraging that the examiner seems to be saying that you might not have to wait so long for a decision this time.)

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  111. Lori says:

    Heelo, my name is Lori I have been applying for disability off and on since 2008 for congenative birth defect, ptsd, panic and anxiety attacks major depression and bipolar, kept getting denied so in august of this year I retained a lawyer for my case and have added diabities, numbness and tingling in hands and feet, social security sent me to their dr yesterday for physical and dr said he will be writting up the report that my mental state and type1 diabities is not being crontrolled and that I do have numbness and tinglling in hands and feet, and loss of strength in left arm, Was wondering if this is a good sign for a approval for disability

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lori,

      It is good that the examining doctor is confirming the existence of your conditions and that he recognizes that two of your conditions are not controlled. This means that when the report is reviewed, the will help support the limitations you are claiming. This does not necessarily mean that your claim will be approved because the examining physician does not make the decision, but it does add positive testimony.

      Best regards,

      Kay

      • Lori says:

        Thank you Kay, By the way was also wondering if i do get approved how far back will theygo??? also how long after I see the dr will I find out a decision of either way??

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Lori,

          SSI retroactive pay can go back to the date of your most recent application (the application you are now appealing).

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  112. Donna Wilbanks says:

    I filed for disability in June 2011, I have been thru all levels and appeal in march 2013, How long should it be before I hear an decision,I suffer from depression, anxiety, ocd, and several illness, I did have a lawyer for the hearing, he advise me that he couldn’t represent since I was denie at the hearing. I filed an appeal anyway. What are the chances of my case getting approve? Thanks for any respond

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Donna,

      Appeals Council reviews can take up to two years. I would say that your attorney does not believe that you would win the appleas council review or he would have continued to represent you.

      If you truly believe that you cannot work and your condition has worsened, you can file a new claim, claiming a disability date after the date of the hearing decision. Of course, for Social Security Disability, you would still have to be insured on the date you claim. For SSI, your income and resources would have to be below the income and resource levels. (You can find articles about how much work you need for Social Security Disability and about SSI income and resources rules on http://www.disabilityadvisor.com. Look under the SSD Basic Facts tab for the insured status article and under the SSI tab for the SSI information.)

      Best regards,

      Kay

  113. Alyssa says:

    At my hearing on August 14, 2013, the ALJ wanted a statement from my physician to approve me case. My case status had been in decision writing since October 4, 2013 and my attorney not anyone at the ODAR can inform me of the decision. Is this normal and how long does the process normally take before a claimant is notified of a decision?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Alyssa,

      It can take up to sixty days to get a letter after the decision is made, which was presumably after the letter from your doctor was received. Much of that time can be in “decision writing.”

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  114. Liz M says:

    My name is Liz. I suffer from Severe Bipolar I bipolar mania and anxiety since 2006. I had previously applied for SSD/SSI back in 2009 and was denied with the explanation that Your condition affects your ability to perform some activities however you should be able to take care of your personal needs do simple jobs when shown and understand and follow simple instructions and that I could do a different job – after this I went back to work but and seemed to be doing ok until 2012 when I had a break down. Once again at the suggestion of my doctors I reapplied and once again I was denied again except this time they said they felt I could do the same job. Well I went back to work however I only lasterd 5 months (I am 42 and have earnings since 1986). At this time my bipolar has destroyed my life, I have black outs, can’t concentrate due to the severity of my illness I now have to see a therapist for one-on-one therapy and I also was admitted to a Partial Care Program for 2 days aweek in the county health center where I need to go for therapy from 9am – 3pm. I had to give up driving as I at times don’t know where I am going while I am driving. I now share custody of my son with his grandparents because I can’t care for him alone. I decided this time (September 2013) to apply using a lawyer. I have a couple of questions. Does the SSA take this into consideration, I mean that how it has progressed to the point where I need full day therapy for my mental illness? Also, I received a letter today in reference to my SSI application where they want me to come to there office because they require “Bank statement or checkbook for the account where you would like the payments deposited. I am pretty sure I supplied that information when I applied. Why would they be asking for it again? Also my medication has been increased from 600mg to 1000mg and additional medication. What I’m trying to say is clearly from my records from 2006 my bipolar disorder is gettiing worse – when reviewing do they take all this in to account. Also, how can they expect me to work when I need to do the Partial Care Treatment?
    Any guidance is surely appreciated

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Liz,

      It sounds as if you have a good chance of being approved for benefits given the worsening of your condition. Even if you have already provided the information requested, give it to Social Security again. It is possible that they are asking for it because you are being approved.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  115. Joe says:

    Hi I went before alj on sep 25 and my lawyer said it went good but I haven’t got anything in mail yet the hearing was short about 30min the judge said he will make a decision right away can anyone help me thank you

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Joe,

      Even if the judge made the decision right away, it can take 60 days or more for it to be typed up and mailed to you. If you do not have a decision by November 25, you might call the hearings office and find out the status.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

    • Joe says:

      I don’t know if I’m going to b approve or deny it’s just that judge said he will make a decision right away but I don’t kno what he meant by that if it’s good or bad my attorney said its good he don’t kno why we shoudnt b approve it’s just hard to leave with bills and others things tell I found this site I just read to find good info from ppl like u guys thank you

      • Kay Derochie says:

        You’re welcome, Joe. I am glad your attorney is hopeful.

        Best,

        Kay

        • Joe says:

          Whts the chance of winning because I see lots of ppl lose n thts just scares me

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Joe,

            We all tend to hear about the people who are denied benefits more than about those who are approved, especially those who are approved on their original claim. If you are under age fifty and your condition limits you from working and earning $1,040 gross per month in any occupation you can reasonably do, given your education, training, and work experience, then your claim should be approved. If you are age fifty or older, you could be approved if you cannot work in any occupation you have done in the past.

            If your claim is denied, be sure to hire an experienced Social Security attorney, such as one you can reach by calling Disability Advisor at 1-888-393-1010. You do not have to pay any legal fees up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount your attorney can charge and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

  116. nakia says:

    hello my name is nakia in i was denied for ssi may 2012 because i turned 19 in that they haven’t received my confirmation papers that had to be sign in order for me to continue my benefits so i had to reply for ssi in , i waited like a year in a half to get appeal hearing for my decision so they schedule me for a hearing with the judge for Oct 22 of 2013 in i gave them all my med records in everything in she said that they will give me a decision in the mail in i will have to wait to 2months to see if I’ve been approve or denied . for the longer it takes does that mean that i will get approve since this my second time applying for ssi?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Nakia,

      The length of time it takes to get a hearing decision is not an indication of either approval or denial.Two months is the usual amount of time it takes to receive a decision letter, though it could be less or more.

      Best regards,

      Kay

      • nakia says:

        oh okay thank you so much Kay , so after i get the decision is that when they going to tell me if I’ve been approve or denied or , is it going to tell me something other wise? cause im really not use to this i had a pay e every since i was 18 in im just starting to get the hang of things so bare with me here lol, but yea i heard if you waited in have all your med records that it’s a good chance of winning your case . Which i doubt that not true cause i read all about in 85% get denied in have to start all over again , in order to receive ssi in have to get an attorney in i didn’t have one i just brought my case manger with me but he couldn’t speak on my behalf in the court room because he was not an attorney , in some people say that i shouldn’t have got cut off because I’ve been getting ssi every since 1997 till 2012 that’s when they cut me off in i had to reply in wait that year in a half now. im just waiting on the letter in the mail in im so anxious to hopefully get approve that i keep calling social security like every 2 weeks lol but they just keep saying that i have to wait until Dec 22 2013 to check back in or to see the status of my claim .

        • nakia says:

          oh yea then they also say that i can do janitorial work but my condition can limited my ability to work, as of i wouldn’t be able to keep a job, in it will also be hard for me to get a job, which is true cause I’ve been trying for 2 years still have not had no work so what does that actually mean? will i qualified or will they say that i can find some type of work as long as its limited cause i also had to take special ad classes every since i was a little girl in my IQ’s are below average so is that a good chance on approving my case cause as well, since i gave them my IEPS cause they didn’t have this information before so its new on my old papers that i gave them in gave then up dated med records as well , in for my pregnant papers cause i just had a baby girl June 30 2013 . so yea in also i have one more question is their a way i can apply for benefits for my daughter ? or does she have to have a condition on receiving ssi as well?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Nakia,

            When you get a written decision, it will tell you whether you are medically approved or not. After that Social Security will talk with you to get updated information about your finances. If you still meet the financial requirements, you will receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income) payments. Your daughter would be eligible for SSI only if she herself is disabled. You would have to be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDI) for her to receive benefits just because she is your child.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

        • nakia says:

          oh okay thank you so much Kay

  117. Cindy says:

    I have applied for SSI and I received a letter of denial yesterday 11-15-13 from Social Security Disability. Is SSI and Social Security Disability the same? I am 40 years old and have:
    Neuropathic Arthropathy
    Pulmonary Sarcoidosis
    Diabetes
    Fibro Myalgia 
    Degenerative Disc Disease
    Vitamin D Defiency 
    Myelopathy 
    Spondylothesis
    Had 3 mini strokes in February 2012
    Also, on October 28th I received this message on my online banking. It was in the amount of $0.00. It had my name and said 310 Supp Sec. What is that about? When I got my letter of denial yesterday I tried to do an online appeal the the socialsecurity.gov website but it told me I couldn’t. I don’t wanna have to hire a lawyer, but if needed I will. Please can someone just advise me on what my next step should be?
    Thank you!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Cindy,

      From the information you gave me I glean that you applied for both Social Security Disability (called SSD or SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

      You do not say why you were denied, but if you were denied because Social Security determined you are not disabled according to their rules, you will not be elgible for SSI (despite the treasury notice of future deposit). If you were denied Social Security Disability because you did not have enough work credits for Social Security at the time you ceased work because of your health, then it is possible that you are being medically approved for SSI.

      If you got a medical denial or a denial saying that you were not disabled while still insured (had enough work credits), then you need to get an attorney to be sure that your medical information is presented in a manner that is clear to the claim examiner. Given the multiple conditions you have, if you appeal on your own, you are likely to be denied again.

      You can obtain an excellent Social Security attorney by calling Disability Advisor at 1-888-393-1010.You do not have to pay any legal fees up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount your attorney can charge and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Cindy says:

        Yes the denial letter had said I didn’t have enough work credits. I am just confused by all this since this is my first time. I did receive a phone call from a lady back in early October asking questions about my disability and she had said something about SSI. Sorry, my memory isn’t what it was before my mini strokes. Have a hard time remembering things. Thank you for your response!

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Cindy,

          Glad to be able to provide some inforamtion.

          Kay

          • Cindy says:

            So with the letter is that Social Security Disability I was denied on? Should I call about the status of SSI? Didn’t call today because I had doctors appointments and by the time I got home I was so exhausted.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Cindy,

            Yes, it sounds as if the denial letter was for Social Security Disability and it would be a good idea to check with the Social Security Administration to be sure your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim is still being medically evaluated.

            Best regards,

            Kay

  118. glen youmans says:

    Yes I just had my hearing November 14th after my hearing my attorney told me congratulations that he thought I won my case I called the next morning and they told me the the judge had already made his decision and that it was sent to the decision writers my attorney told me that was a good sign being my case was just the day before I’m just nervous does that mean I was approved or could I be still denied?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Glen,

      There is no way to know for sure whether your claim will be approved or denied until you actually get the written notice. However, if your attorney is experienced in Social Security law and hearings and believes that it’s a good sign that the decision was made quickly, then it would appear you have reason to be hopeful.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  119. Lori says:

    Hello Kay,

    I called my disability claim rep to see if there was anything that was needed for my case since I went to the appt they made for me and she said it looks like we are on track just waiting on the drs report from my visit, So I was wondering how long will it be before I hear a decision on my case??

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lori,

      How long the review and decision will take after the Disability Determining Services receive the report from your consultative medical examination depends on how many other cases are waiting to be reviewed at the same time. A possible range of time is two to six weeks.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  120. Lori says:

    Sry I went to the dr appt on 11/13/2013 that social security set up for me

  121. Ms Danny says:

    Hello again,
    My attorney submitted otr then alj said they need most recent med recs which she submitted now odar rep informed me that alj sent ME an interrogatories to be completed rep said they were working hard to approve me otr My question is Is that a good sign when alj sends off for ME to complete form I meet listing except for extreme swelling with my nephrotic syndrome but other symptoms are an issue as well pls respond!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ms. Danny,

      The outcome of a hearing is never certain until the decision is actually received. It appears that the ALJ is being sure that he or she is getting all the information possible to make your decision. Hopefully, that will result in a correct decision.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  122. Stephanie G. says:

    I applied for disability in GA, I have arthritis in both feet and degenerative ankles in both legs. I also have high blood pressure and thyroid/autoimmune problems. I have only received a packed on info to fill out detailing my work history. I work in retail and standing on my feet all day is making my condition much worse.
    should I go ahead a resign from my job?
    Do you think I have a good chance of wining my case?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Stephanie,

      To me provide some detailed information, it would be helpful to know your age and whether you have already stopped working.

      Thank you.

      Kay

  123. TeresaC. says:

    I applied for both SSDI & SSI. I received a denial letter today that said… ” You do not qualify for disability benefits because you have not worked long enough under Social Security. Since you do not have enough work credits to qualify for benefits, we did not make a decision about whether you are disabled under our rules”.

    My question is… Will I receive a separate decision letter on the SSI claim?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Teresa,

      Yes, you will receive a separate Supplemental Security Income (SSI) decision.

      Best regards,

      Kay

      • TeresaC. says:

        Dear Kay,

        Thank you for the quick reply! Is there a way besides calling the 800# to get an update on the SSI claim?

        Regards,
        Teresa

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Teresa,

          If you applied online and kept the access code you were assigned when you applied, you can go online at http://www.ssa.gov and get information.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

          • TeresaC. says:

            Hi Kay,

            I have done that and it says ” a decision has been made on your claim”. I’m assuming that’s where I got the denial for SSDI. Guess I should call my local office to make sure there still working on my SSI claim.

            Thank you,

            Teresa

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Teresa,

            I agree that it would be a good idea to make sure that your SSI is still under review.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

  124. brenda says:

    Hi Kay my spelling is not good at times so sorry a head of time I was sent to the ssi drs they wear all nice to me and at the end she told me to make sure I keep going to my drs is this good not sure how to feel thanks

  125. Chris says:

    Hi, I applied for ssi disability on September 2 2013 I have depression and anxiety (panic attacks) I was sent Function report and work history report on October 28 I faxed the paperwork back by November 2 2013 I called and confirmed that they recieved it, I was wondering what’s the next step after this ? My status still says Medical portion is still being reviewed

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Chris,

      You next job is to wait. Yup, wait for them to review. If they ask for anything else, respond promptly.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  126. cyndi says:

    I am 52yrs old. i currently have a hearing date dec12 2013. I am having major anxiety over this. I was wondering if they ever cancel the hearing prior to date with a favorable decision. i am hoping this is the cade with me. my stress levels are thriugh the roof with this and facing foreclosure due to no income. i cant deal.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Cyndi,

      Occasionally a judge will make a decision on the record and cancel a hearing. More often the claim goes to a hearing. If you do not have an attorney representing you, you should get one right away to help you present your case.

      It might be helpful to let your mortgage holder know that you have finally gotten a hearing date and that it could result in your receiving income that would bring your mortgage current. Perhaps they would hang in with you a little longer.

      Best regards,

      Kay

      • cyndi says:

        Thank you..i do have a Lawyer..unfortunately ive only been able to speak with her one time..I only am able to talk to the receptionist and im afraid she does not know much abt disability. I asked a month ago if they would submit for a OTR and she didnt know what I was talking abt. I thought abt finding a new lawyer at that time but was afraid it would hold up the proccess longer. It scares me to think i may have a lawyer that isnt truly fighting for me. Thank you for replying. i have contacted mtg. Co. im afraid time may be running out.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Cyndi,

          Be sure to submit or do whatever Social Security is asking you to do for your claim while it is pending.

          Best regards,

          Kay

  127. Jo says:

    Hi Kay,

    I apologize if this is a repeat question, but I didn’t really see it asked yet. Will you be asked to provide information for direct deposits even if you aren’t approved, or is there no rhyme or reason to who is asked and when they’re asked regardless of a decision?

    I got a call that I needed to come in and provide information, including info about my household and some things about my finances. I was also told to bring information about my bank, but they said I don’t need to bring statements. They stated that a decision was close to being made, and the next step for me is to take care of this part. Would you see this as a good sign that I’m being approved? Or is it just a requirement to know those things so they can close a case regardless?

    The reason I ask is because I have been denied twice already (initial application plus appeal). I’ve never given my bank info before, though I have gone over past earnings (I guess to determine if I was eligible for SSDI?). I believe I did that with the first application. I was denied twice now. Both times, I got letters for both SSI and SSDI turning me down and their reasoning. I had my hearing with the judge several months ago. The judge seemed interested in reviewing the new information I was able to provide and I got a favorable input from the vocational expert (when asked if there were any jobs I could do considering certain circumstances, the expert said there would be no jobs available). Since the hearing, though I have extensive medical records, I have been sent for both mental and physical/general exams. I’ve heard many people say being sent for those exams is just a means to close and deny a case, but I don’t know how true that is.

    I have a family member who said she thinks she was asked to provide her financial information from the get go but because she didn’t know her routing number was told they’d just get it closer to when/if she got approved; I’m not finding much info on what other people have experienced in this regard, either. Do you have any thoughts about how it generally works, should I have already given social security info about where to deposit benefits and do they need that info at all in their file if they’re just denying you?

    Looking forward to your response,
    Jo

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jo,

      The initial application forms for both Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) have a question that asks for bank account information for direct deposit in case of approval. When a person is approved medically, Social Security will often ask for the bank accouont deposit information again, just to be sure it has not changed, especially if the claim has pended for a long period of time.

      Inquiries about household composition and finances are related to an SSI claim and are used to determine the amount an individual is eligible to receive. The representative saying that the information is being requested because they are getting close to making a decision might mean that they have received some indication that the medical decision will be favorable. They certainly would not get your bank account deposit information specifically to deny you. All that said, you will not know for sure until you get a formal decision.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  128. brenda says:

    No that was all just wanted to know do they always tell you to keep going to your drs and that is it or do they tell you more some times just not sure thanks you Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Brenda,

      I do not know why the examining physician suggested that you keep going to your doctors, except that it is good advice in general and definitely while your claim is pending. I would not take the remark as a sign one way or the other about how your claim will turn out.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  129. Lia says:

    My husband had a hearing with the judge for his disability back in Sept 2013….he had a couple more dr. appts he had to go to after that and submitted all info to atty to get to judge. When he calls SSI they are telling him that his paper work is with the underwriters and after that it goes back to the judge. He has not received anything in the male for any other information nor has he received a denial letter.

    What does this mean? We are struggling and we do not know what to do financially. I have filed bankruptcy and work 2 jobs and he is unable to work.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lia,

      It is very hard to wait for a disability decision and more so when finances are tight. Your husband and your attorney will receive a decision letter from the judge once the final decision is made. In the meantime, as hard as it is, it is a matter of waiting.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  130. Tracey says:

    I applied for social security disability/disability on October 15th of this year. I called to make sure they received all of my doctors information to help speed things along. I was told by the worker that a decision has already been made on November 15th. I was shocked thta it was so fast but I don’t understand how they could make a determination based only reports from 3 of the 5 doctors that returned my records. Is there any way to tell if that quick of a decision without all of the medical information is a bad or good sign? I don’t think it would be fair to deny someone without having ALL of there medical infor mation. I was also told my file was one of the lucky ones selected for audit/review and that was already complete as well and the decision in now at the local office level. Can you give me any information as to what all of this means?
    Thank you,
    Tracey

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tracey,

      Please don’t count on this opinion because I can’t know for sure, but I think it is possible that your claim has been medically approved and is now undergoing a final review of non-medical eligibility factors.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  131. pam says:

    hi, I just wanted to ask, I got a denial letter about a month ago. today, 11-20-2013, I received another letter that they are working on my case. it says they are working on my disability case. this was for ssi in ky. what do you think this might mean?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Pam,

      I suggest that you look at the headings on the letters to see if they are different. If the letter is about an SSI claim, it will say Supplemental Security Income across the top. If is is about a Social Security Disability (SSD) claim it will say Disability, Retirement, and Survivors across the top. If both letters have the same heading, I suggest taking the Social Security Administration office as soon as possible so that they straighten out the confusion for you.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  132. Emily says:

    I know a question was asked along these lines, but I could use further clarification.

    Do SSI applications automatically get processed through SSDI as well? I applied for SSI, had a phone interview to verify my information and bank account, received a copy of my SSI (it specifies SSI) application, filled out a lot of paperwork they sent me asking me questions ranging from work history to my condition, and then they sent me to a psychologist for a mental exam (which, considering my illness, was a nightmare of an experience), and then a week later (today) I got this letter in the mail stating I was denied SSDI.

    I never applied for SSDI, though, not to mention the denial letter is dated two days before I went to my exam. I’m more than a little confused and frankly terrified that my application landed in the wrong pile so to speak, or that maybe I applied for the wrong thing. I was denied for not having enough work credits, which I knew well enough was the case, hence why I didn’t apply for SSDI in the first place. Any clarification on this issue would be highly appreciated.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Emily,

      The Social Security Administration must evaluate your eligibility for Social Security Disability (SSDI) when you apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) because SSI law says you must apply for all other possible benefits. The denial for SSDI because you do not have enough work credits does not affect your SSI claim. Your SSI claim should still be under medical review because it is unlikely that the Disability Determination Services (DDS) has both received and had time to review the report from your recent examination.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  133. Eric says:

    Hi Kay, I was receiving disabled child benefits under age of 19 from my dads social security record earnings, social security stopped these benefits after turning age 19, I then started working on and off and at age 23 I started receiving SSI benefits due to my disability, my question should I have started getting the disabled child benefits reinstated instead of getting SSI. I had appealed the denial from Social Security on Disabled Child Benefits they denied it I filed for reconsideration , now when I call Social Security they tell me that my claim for DCB has cleared , could you tell me what that means?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Eric,

      Social Security dependents benefits for children under age eighteen that are paid on a parent’s work record because the child is a minor, not because the child is disabled. Disabled adult child’s benefits are paid on a parent’s record for disabled children who are age eighteen or over and who are unmarried. (There is one exception: you could be married to a person who is also getting disabled adult child benefits and still be eligible.) The benefit is intended to provide income for people who become disabled under age eighteen. Your work activity after age eighteen has to be considered in determining whether have been been continuously disabled since childhood. Because you have worked after age eighteen, the decision on the Social Security Disabled Adult Child claim would be different that the decision on the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim.

      I do not know what “cleared” means. I suggest that you call the person who gave you this information and ask them to explain what they meant. If your Social Security claim has been denied and you did not perform substantial gainful activity (earn more than $1,040 gross monthly) or you received disability-related special considerations at work or the jobs were less than six months in length and ended because of your disability, I suggest that you file a hearing and get a Social Security attorney to represent you.

      You can obtain an experienced Social Security attorney by calling Disability Advisor at 1-888-393-1010. You do not have to pay any legal fees up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount your attorney can charge and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  134. vivian says:

    Hi,
    I’ve been applying for ssdi for a neurological condition. I’ve been working closely with my dds to get her all the info she needs. She has all my medical records and a letter from my neurologist (been my primary for 6 years). He’s given limitations for me to lay flat throughout the day each day and recommended for medical disability. My case worker said she thought I had enough for approval but the medical dr is now reviewing it. My condition is very rare and not many drs know about it. I’m so nervous due to a lack of knowledge of my condition it will be denied. I was told they’d make a decision yesterday and my dds caseworker said she’d call me yesterday to let me know if I was going to need more evidence or not and no one has called. I don’t want to seem annoying by constantly calling this poor woman but our family really needs this because my not working is such a financial hardship. Do you think no news is good news? I’ve checked my status online and it still says it’s at dds determining the medical portion… What should I do??

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Vivian,

      I’d say that no news means that the Disability Determination Services (DDS) claim examiner did not get a report back from the DDS doctor as yet. Or is there any chance that she said she’d call if more information is needed (not either way)? I suggest that you wait a week to follow up. On a side note, it is usually Social Security’s policy that the DDS does not tell the claimant whether or not their claim has been medically approved. They will tell you whether they have sent a decision to your local office.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  135. Lori says:

    Hi Kay,
    I just got a phone call from the drs office that did my physical for ssd that social security sent me to and they have a problem that they misplaced my file in their office somewhere and due to this i have to come back and redo it so it dont hold up my claim this physical was on 11/13 and they just called me today to tell me and they were suppose to have it to the disability examiner by the 27th of November!!!! This does not sound right or fair and I don’t know what to do aboutthis

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lori,

      The doctor’s office certainly would not ask you to come in for a repeat examination if it weren’t necessary. (Doctors’ time is very valuable.) I recommend that you attend the repeat exam they set for you. It is possible that the office keeps all files electronically and yours was accidentally deleted. Whatever happened, you do need to follow through with the repeat exam. At least you know that they will get the report to SocialSecurity quickly given the deadline is coming up soon.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  136. Kimberly says:

    Hi, i am 33 years old. I filed my initapplication 10/23/2013. I have a few questions please ma’am. I went into the field office to apply. The officer changed my date to the 1 st of October, why? Also, they never asked any questions about education or anything like that. About a week after filing,i received letters asking about past jobs that were already filled out on top by the field officer. And a thing that asks what i do every day. No one has asked for an rfc or other people, to contact? Why? I spoke with my de and she said al she was waiting for was my medical records from my neurologist. I have essential tremors. The tremors are in both hands and arms, head,tounge,trunk, and legs. I have anxiety and depression. I am currently on…. primidone,inderal,xanax,effexor,mobic, and lipitor. I have trouble sitting still

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kimberly,

      Usually the Social Security claims representative or field representative helps with the completion of some forms and others require your completion. The form with the job titles is intended to gaterh information about your work experience. Check to be sure that you did perform each of the jobs listed and then answer all the questions as completely as possible. The form may have questions about your educational background also. If it does not, you can write that information in the notes section. Also, complete the activities of daily living questionnaire that asks how you spend your time.

      Usually, for adults, Social Security asks only for medical contacts to obtain medical information. You can, however, have past employers or people who are very close to you complete statements about limitations they observe that you have. If you think that doctors other than your neurologist have medical information your neurologist doe not, ask the disability examiner to contact those doctors about your condition as well.

      I do not recognize the abbreviation “RFC.” If you would like to tell me what it stands for, I might be able to comment on that as well.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  137. Kimberly says:

    And had shaking causes voice to be shaky, tongue tremor causes trouble talking. Trouble with walking, almost fall over. Been to doctor for years. He told me to apply. Do you think be approved. Used to do phlebotomy four children’s hospital. Impossible now. Why do some people need so much stuff and not ask me for much? Is this a bad sign?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kimberly,

      The disablity examiner may be requesting only the neurologist’s records because it appears that your condition is neurological. It is not necessarily a bad sign. As I mentioned in my prior response, if you think other doctors have information that your neurologist does not, then ask the examiner to contact those doctors.

      Because you are under age fifty, to be eligible you have to be disabled from doing any occupation that your limitations would allow, not just occupations that you have done in the past.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  138. Kimberly says:

    All medicines make me sleepy too, sorry. Can not use has anymore and have pain from muscles shaking, hands cramp up, dystonia.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kimberly,

      If there are any limitations or symptoms that you did not list on your application, be sure that your examiner knows about them as soon as possible.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  139. Kimberly says:

    Hi, Kay, Kimberly again, they changed the dat ssi to the first, just to cl tarify it all. Thank you for your time and advice in advance.

  140. Friedman says:

    Kay,

    What an amazing site and source of information for everyone, thank you for that. My questions is, I have applied for DI and my Dr. has filed out the physician section verifying my claim dates. As such, being that this is a bad pay for dates ranging from 4/1/13-7/31/13 I was wondering when I should expect this payment? How can I check? What can I do to ensure that I receive it as QUICKLY as possible e.g. bank account info, or I am hearing some debit card etc.. Assuming over course all goes well. I am just not sure how back dated DI works differently then non-back dated.

    Please advise. Thanks!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Friedman,

      Are you inquiring about Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits from the federal government? You indicate that you are seeking benefits DI (preesumably disability insurance) for about four months, also that your doctor completed a claim form. These two details lead me to believe that you have a claim with a private insurance company on either a disability policy you bought or that your employer provides.

      If you are inquiring about Social Security Disabiilty, claims for closed periods are evaluated under the same criteria as claims for ongoing disability.it is possible to receive Social Security Disability for a closed period of time, but you would have to be disabled (or expect to be disabled)for a period of a year to receive payment and then the first five months would not be paid.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  141. Whitney N. says:

    Ok. I was hospitalzied from age 12-18 in a acute ward and was diagnosed as bipolar y phycosis and scysoprania. Im 30 yrs old now and just a few months have been back into counsaling. I applyed for ssi and was sent to the ss doctor for evaluation.my therepist /doctor now has diagnosed me the same. I havnt been able to hold a j. ob at. longer than a week since released on my 18th birthday from the hospital. And was wondering if this is eligable for approval? I dont know what grade of school i completed since i was on so many meds.any hope for me. Im still waiting on a decion since i went to their doctor on Sept 23. Sorry for the writing.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Whitney,

      No need to apologize. This is a question and answer forum open to everyone.

      Each medical condition is evaluated for severity, that is, how much it interferes with your ability to work. Based on the level of severity you are describing, you may be eligible for benefits.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  142. Aric Varney says:

    I received denial for reconsideration, i went in to local social security office downtown Phoenix AZ to file appeal the worker there Lindsy called me back to office there and confirmed it was denied, I told her that i wanted to file apeal she then tells me that there’s nothing else i could do and could not apeal. My question is can they do that? I feel like my American rights have been violated, my denial letter i receive says i have 60 days to file apeal.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Aric,

      If you are within the sixty days you have the right to appeal and cannot be refused that right.

      You do not say why you were denied. If you were denied Social Security Disability (SSDI) because you do not have enough work credits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) because your income or assets are above the limit, it may be that the representative was informally telling you that there was no reason to appeal because the denial appeared to be “cut and dried,” that is, very clear. However, even if that is the case, you still have the right to appeal. Sometimes errors or confusion about facts occur even in earnings credit and income and resource denials.

      I suggest that you revisit the office and insist on appealing. If the representative still does not provide the help needed to appeal, ask to see a supervisor.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  143. mildred says:

    I went to my hearing on Nov18,2013 after been denial 2 times but I had 4 knee surgery on my left knee last yr that left me on a walker with because left knee had little rom from all the surgery.I have lumbar hnp,lumbar ddd,cervical sterosis,diabetes,carpal tunnel in both hand,and weraing a back braces now and right knee is hurting now because puttting my weight on that side my body,had stroke last yr, loss my job because can’t drive the bus.When I was at the hearing the ve said it wasn’t no job for me to do, is that a good sign I might get approved this time.How long will it take to get something from them.And after the ve said no job for me the judge stop the hearing.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mildred,

      The fact that the vocational expert testified that there were no occupations you could perform is a good sign that your claim may be approved. It can take sixty days or so to get a decision and, if favorable, up to another sixty to get payment.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Mildred says:

        I got approved for my disability on dec13 got letter on dec 18. Can you tell me when award letter will come or check start coming or back pay will come.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Mildred,

          If your approval is a hearing decision, it can take a couple of weeks to a couple of months for payment to begin. Often the first payment is received a week or so before the award lette,r if benefits are currently due. The monthly check is usually issued before retroactive benefits.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  144. Sharell says:

    Dear Kay,
    I’m writing because I applied for my son for
    Ssi he is 5 he already see a doctor and he put him on medication
    For depression he acts up in school I brought them
    The reports from school about his behavior and the school
    Referred me to the doctor I don’t have any income I brought
    The the meds he took also do you think he can be approved for ssi
    Because he does has a disability and it’s making him not function in school at all please help thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sharell,

      Each medical condition is evaluated for severity, that is, how much the condition affects the child function in daily life including in school. I cannot predict whether your son will be approved, but you have done the right thing by providing the school records. They should be helpful in the Social Security Administration’s making a decision.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  145. Kimberly says:

    Thank you for responding Kay.

  146. Laurie says:

    Hi Kay!

    My spouse applied for SSDI in the beginning of October. She just turned 56 this past week. For all of her life she has been “slow” (pushed through school because that’s what they did back then), has OCD and other mental disorders as well as post breast cancer where chemo caused further mental issues and neuropathy.

    She managed to work most of her life, cashier or office clerk but as problems persisted and technology rose she can no longer work.

    She had a case mgr right from the beginning, nice lady. Medical records (sparse because of loss of job then my being unable to put her on my ins until recently… we go married! been together 22 years) were received by them quickly.

    She was sent to a psychiatrist. Was there about 3 hours then examiner asked me in to ask a few questions. First was whether I felt I could be her payor… to which I said I expected to be (she has never been able to handle bank accounts… simple cashiering yes… but nothing more abstract). The impression I had was that the examiner felt my spouse had “chemo” brain as well as other long term underlying issues.

    Here’s the question (sorry to be long)… Is this a good sign? She has appt with neuorologist which got canceled by phys office (her ssdi case mgr called me) and should be rescheduled.

    Is this quick processing a good sign? Is her age a factor? I feel she really deserves it and honestly my income won’t get us through more than another few months but we’re hanging on and hanging in.

    Your thoughts would be appreciated though it’s understood that only the gods and goddesses at ssa know for sure. Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving!

    Laurie

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Laurie,

      Thank you for the holiday wishes. I hope that you had a pleasant Thanksgiving.

      It is not possible to know the outcome of your spouse’s claim; however, it appears that Social Security is doing a thorough investigation in sending her both to a psychiatrist and a neurologist. Her age is a factor in that when an individual is over age fifty, Social Security looks only at the ability to do occupations the individual has done in the past. They will not evaluate her residual abilities against other different occupations.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Laurie says:

        Thank you, Kay. My spouse has been rescheduled for December 30th for Neurologist, so we’ll see.

        Right now my mother has passed away at age 85 this past Friday. So the focus shifts.

        Happy Holidays! If okay I’ll let you know how it turns out. Hopefully we may hear by mid-January or so. But… yes I know… anything can happen.

        Thank you! Take Care!

        Laurie

  147. Tracy culpepper says:

    I’m new to all of this. I went this past Friday
    to apply in person for my disability. The lady
    was very nice and extremely helpful. Today
    when I got up and looked at my phone. I had a
    missed call n voice mail from disability main office.
    I was not expecting to get a call or anything so quick.
    Is this a good thing or a bad thing? I’m lost on all of this.
    Has anyone else had this happen or have any advise
    to help?

    Tracy

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tracy,

      I cannot tell for sure which office left you the message. Either your Social Security office forgot to ask you something at the interview and wants a bit more information or the Disability Determining Services have already received your claim and have a question. Either way, I suggest that you return the call as soon as possible and provide whatever they request to keep the review of your claim moving along.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  148. larry l says:

    hi there i went for my dds mental exam almost two weeks ago i was very nervous i couldnt think clearly i was asked alot of questions like repeating numbers foorwards and backwards that was hard to do and i asked the lady doing the test if she could repeat it and she said no i cant i also couldnt remember three words she told me to remember after five minutes im 44 yrs old didnt complete the 9th grade living with my major depression for many yrs and anxiety i became homless here in ohio i lost my mother this july 2013 every day is hard. i put myself in a psy hospital 3 times this year every day is hard but i have hope ive been clean and sober for 4 months i go to my apptments and get meds and see a psy nurse every month i dont have insurance but they still r there and help me im so greatful . so hopefully should i hear something soon from ss about my claim whether im approved or denied. i went to the mental exam that social security set up for me on the 8th of november she told me that she had all my medical records i havent heard anything in gthe mail or any phone calls how long should i wait to call dds that gave me the exam is it a bad thing to call them and bug them what should i do

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Larry,

      Once the Disability Determination Services (DDS) receive the report of the physician who examined you, the DDS physician and examiner have to review the report in light of the rest of the information in your claim file. I suggest waiting until about December 15 and then call to ask the status, specifically, have they received the doctor’s report? has it been reviewed? have they sent a decision to the local Social Security office? A short, polite call for status should not be a problem.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  149. Hi, I wanted to know the process. I completed the initial application and interview for my son today. About a week or two ago I done the online application. The representative at the social security office said I should expect a direct express card within a week or two. Is that normal to receive a benefits card at initial application?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lyashia,

      There seems to be some variation in the practice. At times people do not receive a card until after the claim has been medically approved. You do not mention the condition that is disabling your son. There are a few that result in “presumptive disability,” meaning that the child is presumed disabled and is paid while a full medical review is being conducted.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  150. Margarita says:

    Hi my name is margarita I’m 26 when I was 9years old my mother took me to ssi and did a claim but they dined it i don’t know how to read good are write that good it stop me for working I had but in a claim I got a letter to go to one of there doctors a I did go like 2 days ago do u think I will be approve this time plz help me

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Der Margarita,

      Unfortunately, I can’t predict whether you will be approved for SSI disability or not. If you are denied, I recommend that you obtain a Social Security Disability attorney to help you with the appeal.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  151. Alicia says:

    Hi Kay,
    Is it normal to have one claim number then another where they want me to go see a doctor for a physical exam?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Alicia,

      You claim number for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability on your own earnings record is your Social Security number. If you have a claim for Social Security disabled widow’s or disabled adult child’s benefits, your claim number would be the number of the person on whose Social Security record you are claiming benefits (i.e. your deceased spouse or parent). If by any chance you have another claim number that is not a Social Security number, then your claim may be for private or employer-sponsored disability benefits and you could have two claim numbers–one for short-term disability and one for long-term disability.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  152. Alicia says:

    Hi Kay,
    Why do I have two different claim numbers on my social security claim now?

  153. nunumitchell says:

    when to hearing nov 7’2013 call social security in they told me my case went to a decision writer do anyone no what that mean.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ladonna,

      When your claim goes to the decision writer department after a hearing, it means that the judge has made a decision (to approve or deny your claim) and a detailed letter to notify you of the decision is being prepared. You should get a written decision in less than a month.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  154. Geraldine Green says:

    Hi,

    My husband applied for ssdi and ssi on 9/26/2013. He was told by phone that he had been approved on 11/24/2013. He has stage IV head and neck cancer with metastases to bones and liver and a median survival of 2 years. They now say that they need check stubs and insurance info from his spouse (me). Why is that? He totally qualifies for ssdi because he is 60 yes old and has worked and paid ss taxes for over 30 yes. He just stopped working on 9/5/2013. Are they only trying to give him ssi? The DDS found him medically disabled with only the Dr’s. Info. They never requested anything else. The financial request came fro the field office where we live. Thanks!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Geraldine,

      Social Security Disability is not paid for the first five full calendar months of disability. The Social Security Administration is probably evaluating your husband’s finances to see if he will be eligible for SSI during the five-month, unpaid waiting period.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  155. Geraldine Green says:

    Also meant to ask: If he qualifies for ssdi and is awarded a benefit of $1000 or more, wouldn’t that disqualify him from getting ssi?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Geraldine,

      Yes, you are right. Your husband would not be eligible for SSI with for any month in which he received an SSDI benefit in excess of $1,000. Please see my response to your previous inquiry, which I posted a few minutes ago. Thanks.

      Kay

  156. Jessica says:

    My husband applied for ssdi in June 2013 and it is now the very end of November and he has recieved no letter of any kind. The internet status page says there has been no decision made and his ssa.gov account is no longer allowing access to the estimated benifit tab. Could this mean that he is getting closer to a decision? We are coming up on six months now, and yes he did already have his mma appointments.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jessica,

      I do not believe the inability to get an estimated benefit online is related to the status of your husband’s claim. If you have a contact number for the Disability Determination Services (DDS) that is evaluating his claim, you might call and inquire whether they are waiting for any information from your husband or his physicians. (I am not familiar with the abbreviation “mma.”)

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Jessica says:

        Mandated medical appointments, thank you.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Jessica,

          Thank you for the explanation.

          Kay

          • Jessica says:

            My husband recieved a request for consent form to gain information from his disability lawyer in the mail on Friday, I am hoping that this is a good sign. If you have any insight I would be happy to hear it. Thank you very much for your continued help to all of those seeking answers.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Jessica,

            Apologies for the delayed response. Our site has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

            The request is a sign that the claim is under active review, which is good, as it means it is moving toward decision.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

  157. Crystal says:

    Dear Kay,
    I have crohn’s and have had it for for years now. I just applied for disability in Apr. Of this yr(13) and in May ss said no. I’m in the reconsider stage and an examer just called and asked if I’ve been to the doc since June. I said yes twice sept and oct. Why would they need more info? I have 4ys worth of medical evidence. And I’ve had a bowl reception done in May (13)? Just asking because ss side they should have had an answer by nov.23 and they are late.

    • Crystal says:

      Sorry about the spelling. The iPad had auto correct.
      -four
      -Bowel resection

      Also I’m 31 if that matters.

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Crystal,

        No apologies needed.

        Please see the response I posted a minute ago.

        As far as your age goes, it does relate to the evaluation of your claim. Because you are under age fifty, to be disabled as defined by Social Security, you have to be unable to perform substantial gainful activity in any occupation.

        Sincerely,

        Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Crystal,

      With the lapse of time in processing your claim, the examiner needs to see if your condition has improved since you filed your application, especially since you had a procedure done that potentially could have brought about improvement. Although they have missed their estimated date of completion, it sounds as if they are actively working on your appeal now.

      If you are denied and believe that you cannot work, I recommend getting legal representation for your second appeal. You can obtain an excellent Social Security attorney by calling Disability Advisor at 1-888-393-1010. You do not have to pay any legal fees up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount your attorney can charge and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  158. Lori says:

    Hi Kay,
    I was scheduled a appt for a physical exam by s.s went on 11/13/2013 and then a few days beore thanksgiving the dr office called and said they misplaced my file and I needed to come back in again, So i went this am for the exam ,and he said that he is goingto send the report today and in the report he was stating my diabities is not controlled, my mental state is not sound and that i suffer from ptsd, bipolar, depression,and that I have shortnesss of breath when I walk and I am weak on left side, and I have lower back pain and it makes it uncomfortable for me to sit or wallk to long. So my question is how long after dds gets report will I hear a result or answer, and secondly what are the chances of getting approval with this from their dr

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lori,

      The doctor you saw does not make the decision on your claim. The doctor is hired by the Social Security Administration to evaluate whether you have the conditions you claim and, if so, how limiting they are. Once the Disability Determination Services (DDS) receives the report, the report is reviewed by a DDS physician and the claims examiner. My observation is that this can take from two weeks to two months.

      You have several different conditions and it appears that the doctor you saw is confirming those conditions. So, so far so good. Hopefully you will be approved but if you are not,I recommend getting an attorney because sometimes it requires a professional to explain how all of the conditions together disable, even if one alone does not. You can obtain an excellent Social Security attorney by calling Disability Advisor at 1-888-393-1010. You do not have to pay any legal fees up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount your attorney can charge and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  159. Samiya says:

    Hi Kay, I am 37 years old and applied for disability in September. I have done physical hard work since I was 19. I hurt my back and hip on my job I know longer work there but have workers comp for my injuries. I have osteoarthritis in my hip, hip spurs and a cyst between the joint. I have a bulge disc, spinal stenosis and a pinched nerve and a spur in my back. I hurt everyday, take meds for depression dont socialize anymore married for only two years and having trouble with intimacy because of this. My question is after all the proof I provided I still have to see their doctor. Is this a bad thing for my case?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Samiya,

      You are being sent to a doctor for more evaluation because at least some of your medical problems are not sufficiently documented in your medical records and there is insufficient information to decide your claim. Social Security is requesting more information by sending you to a doctor so that some of the information gaps can be filled.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  160. Melissa Hess says:

    Hi.. I had a hearing on august 13. The job auditor told the judge that there isn’t a job I can work in the u.s. I was told I would receive a letter within 1-3 months Dec 13 will be 4 months. My lawyer told me this.. I still haven’t received anything.. come January 1st I will no longer have a place to live so I really need this income. How can I find out the judges decision? I’ve called my lawyer and asked them but I always get a voicemail and don’t get a call back. Can I do anything else? I was told about 3 weeks ago that the decision was being wrote up. What does this mean? And when will I know if I’ve been approved?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Melissa,

      I suggest that you call the hearing office and let them know that you will be homeless in January and ask if it would be possible to get the letter written up more quickly. (The fact that the claim is in letter writing means that a decision has been made.)

      Unfortunately, it can take sixty days to get payment after a favorable hearing decision letter. As soon as you get the letter, if it is favorable, contact your local Social Security office and ask for an appointment to complete your claim. Let them know that you are about to be homeless. At the interview, ask whether you can get an advance payment so you can purchase shelter.

      If you get an approval from the judge, you might be able to negotiate staying where you are on the promise of using retroactive benefits to get current on rent or mortgage. Also, in some states and counties, it is possible to get a one-time bridge assistance to cover rent until known income comes in. If you are approved, contact your local human services department to see if they can help or can refer you to an agency that can help.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  161. kathy Stokes says:

    My case has been in medical review for a yr and now I have a new medical examiner she wants current medical records how long will it take now to decide my case before this I went in front of a judge and was denied now my lawyer filed a new claim this has been going on for 4 yrs in all for ssi I see my doctor every month 3 of them

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kathy,

      Your claim has been pending much longer than normal. Nonetheless, just keep giving the examiner what she says that she needs. At least at this point, it sounds as if the claim is actively being worked on, rather than just sitting.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  162. Ted says:

    Question I have applied for disability I have not been denied yet, but I got a call saying they set me up with a doctors appointment is this normal for first applying? Or is it a good sign that I didn’t just get turned down off the bat,

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ted,

      Social Security sends you to an independent examination when there is not enough information in your claim file for them to make a decision. Be sure to attend the examination. If you do not, your claim is likely to be denied.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  163. MeyerLansky says:

    I just received a letter from SS stating that I received a favorable decision from the Administrative Law Judge. Before they make any payments, however, I have an appointment for next week stating that I must bring in the following: someone to be a representative payee, a welfare budge letter (I am not on welfare), tax assessment (if I own a home), all bank account statements, car registrations, current income tax return. I am curious as to why they are asking this of me? Since I haven’t worked since 2006 and have been applying since then, now I am not eligible for SSDI, but for SSI because I now do not have enough credits. Can you help me with this?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Meyer,

      SSI (Supplemental Security Income) is a public assistance program that pays disability benefits to individuals whose income and assets are below a certain limit. You are being asked to take the requested information and documents to Social Security so that they can evaluate your financial eligibility for every month beginning with the date the judge said you were disabled. Take everything that was requested and ask someone you trust to serve as your representative pay and to attend the appointment with you.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  164. just wondering says:

    its been a year now since my accident .I was on state disability but it has ran out.. I filed about 3-4 month ago went to the physical and mental evals ..wondering if i have a chance they are moving pretty fast from what ive heard.. I lost my leg above the knee and shattered my hip which had to be repaired with plates and pins in addition have limited motion in my shoulder and also have a plate in my forearm and limited motion with no grip in that hand that requires more surgeries not fun…an umbrella was also put in my vein ..diabetic and much more but sure you get the idea.. just worried no real family left to help..no income

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Just Wondering,

      As you describe your injuries, it seems possible that you could be approved. Social Security will compare your abilities to the demands of occupations you have done in the past and if you are under age fifty to all other occupations. Hopefully you will have a decision soon, given that you have already been sent for examinations.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  165. Jessica says:

    Hello,
    I have several questions. I applied in January and have been waiting for a decision for many months (obviously). I did their psych evaluation like they asked. They psychologist agreed I had severe anxiety, which is one of the reasons I am not working. I also have severe endometriosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic active epstein barr, fibromyalgia, chronic migraines, and generalized anxiety. I communicate with my local adjudicator here in Alaska and she had sent my case off for medical review by a team of doctors in Seattle last week. She got it back and said she had finalized it and was sending it in for final review. She couldn’t tell me if I was approved or denied because apparently some cases get quality tested and re-reviewed. Does this mean she approved me, but couldn’t tell me and this other field person just has to work out the details and then get it back to her? She said it would take about a week. I am just super confused as I thought once it came back from the doctors in Seattle, she would make a decision and that would be the end of it. She said her supervisor and herself had made their decision and it was being sent to a field supervisor and 50% of cases are selected for non-medical information. She did say “I don’t think you’ll have a problem.” Can you give me any insight as to what might be going on?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jessica,

      It sounds as if the claims examiner has all but told you that the decision was favorable. They are not allowed to give a verbal decision because a few random claims are pulled for quality assurance review and because the non-medical factors have to be finalized.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  166. Angie says:

    Hi,
    I had an appeals hearing in September and have been anxiously doing my wait time. Well I would call the ODAR office every few weeks to check the status of my appeal,each time I called they told me my case was “pending.” Today, when I called I was advised by the receptionist to contact my lawyer, does this mean my case is denied? or was I referred back to my attorney simply because a decision has been made and the representative that answered the phone is not in a position to discuss my claim? She made it sound like bad news. So now I’m even more worried. The 3 month wait After a hearing is torture!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Angie,

      If the judge has made a decision, the hearings office probably would have told you a decision had been made and a letter was in process or had been mailed. Perhaps the judge asked your attorney to provide some additional information. I recommend you contact your attorney for an update.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  167. Lori says:

    Good evening Kay,

    I called the 1800 number for Social security today because I wanted to make sure that my file was recieved this time at the dds office sincethe dr lost the fisrt one, and they said they recieved a 8 page report from the dr and was wondering why it could be that many pages and if this is a good sign for my case.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lori,

      Apparently, your doctor has been very thorough in his report. The comment about wondering why the report was so long doesn’t reveal what the outcome of your claim may be.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  168. sherry peterson says:

    I got approval letter from judge on dec 4, 2013 so I called local office abd getting 14000 in back pay and told me I would get roughly 11000 after lawyer fee & said they are wirking on it. It is SSDI no wormens comp or anything else. How long to get backpay?

  169. moesha says:

    I applied for ssi for my son in may he was denied because we had to much money in the bank.i applied again this month I’m approved.do you think im going to get the may thru December check.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Moesha,

      If you filed a new claim for your son in December, benefits will begin in December. If your December “application” was an appeal of denied May claim, then your son might get benefits back to the first month in which your resources (including money in the bank) were within the resource limit.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  170. high anxiety says:

    Hi Kay
    I was recently diagnosed with ptsd bi polar disorder anxiety disorder and personallity disorder axis 2 whatever that means canibus and alcohal dependency I applied for ssi/ssd in july I received paperwork from dds and quickly returned them what is the likelihood of being approved with my diagnosis

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Clarice,

      You could be approved if you are disabled based on your mental health diagnoses alone if they are severe enough. Neither Social Security or SSI will be paid for alcohol or drug addiction.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  171. high anxiety says:

    I also have frequent panic attacks and paranoid events when leaving the comfort of my home im on seroquel 400 Zoloft 100 hydroxazine 25 3x a day and remeron to help me sleep I also see a therapist 3-4 x a month

  172. robert says:

    hi had my hearing on ssd… after two denials..after the alj revewed my medical conditions and heard my testimonie … then hypertitical questions were asked to the VE whom said that I couldn’t work high fisical jobs..but I could do custumer service…. then the judge asked her a hyperthetical question…. and that was…. considering 25 minutes of breake time every hour on an 8 hour work day, and all the medications and its effects would he be able to perform??? the VE replied NO! then my lawyer was given an opportunity to cross examine and only asked the VE one Question… and the question was relevant to one of my medical conditions….it was, Is the use of two hands needed to perform this type of work? and she replied YES…. my question to you is does this mean I will be approved? ive been fighting this scince 6/2011 thak you

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Robert,

      There is no way to know for sure until you get the final decision, but it does sound as if you would be approved.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  173. Jennalyn Miguel says:

    Hi, we got an approval for the disabilty of my grandmother, but unfortunately she did not receive her back pay yet which is $2,201.. what she just receive is her monthly benefit which is the $197..what would be the possible problem why they did not yet give her back pay?
    i appreciate the help!

    • Jennalyn Miguel says:

      oh i forgot to inform you that we are located here at the Philippines so I dont know what to do if we will contact the social security at Maryland or the social security here at our place. We really need your help Kay!

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Jennalyn,

        Contact your local office in the Philippines.

        Best regards,

        Kay

        • Jennalyn Miguel says:

          oh okay, that is what we will supposed to do.. Thank you for the confirmation. But what would be the main reason why they did not give yet the back pay of my grandmother?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Jennalyn,

            Apologies for the delayed response. Our website has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

            My observation is that some people’s back pay is very delayed and it is just that it has not been processed–no particular problem.

            Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jennalyn,

      It is common for the monthly check to be released before the back pay. I suggest that she contact her local office if she can or, if not, call 1-800-772-1213 and ask if anything is needed from her to release the back pay. If not, ask what work needs to be completed in the office to release the check.

      Best regards,

      kay

      • Jennalyn Miguel says:

        ok Kay, thank you for the help.. Will Fax Social Security to ask for the information because its hard for them to be reach on telephone… thank you!

  174. Jessica says:

    My husband applied for disability in April of 2013. (in Georgia) In Sept. of 2013 we got a letter that more info was needed. This came from the adjudicators office. It was a letter that wanted detailed information about his previous 15 years of work. How much he walked, lifted, etc…He submitted the documentation and in Nov. called the lady who is in charge of his case. Still no decisions. What could be the hold up? Is them requesting this information a good or bad sign?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jessica,

      The vocational information that was requested is needed for almost every disability evaluation, so the request was routine. I can only speculate that the agency has more work than it can keep up with and that is the cause of the delay.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Jessica says:

        Thank you! He called his doctors office today just to see if they had requested his medical records and if they have been sent. They told him the request came in in Nov. and they faxed them out the same day. I think you are right. This office has more than they can handle. I hate the waiting game but in this case my thoughts are: as long as they are requesting information we still have a chance….fingers crossed we get approved first time.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Jessica,

          Apologies for the late response. Our site has had a software problem that is now resolved.

          I agree with your assessment. I hope you have a decision soon.

          Kay

          • Jessica says:

            Kay we are stilling awaiting a decision. He has called several times and we still get the same “pending” status answer. I checking the my social security benefits website several times a week (i have read you estimated benefit will change from unavailable to the amount received if approved?) There has been a slight change to that page over the last couple of week. There is a place on there that says you are not currently receiving benefits and then right below that is a blue icon for him to click on for a benefit verification letter (when you click on that is says it can not generate a letter at this time and to call the national number to visit the local office for a letter) just below the icon is a blurb that says “need proof you receive benefits? here is your official letter. We have call the local office and the national number and they tell us they can not give us any more information as long as he was in the “pending” status and they don’t know why that is showing up on his page. Just to recap a bit the applied in April of 2013. Finally in Sept of 2013 we started getting correspondence form the adjudicator. He was 49 at the time of the first application but will be turning 50 in a couple of days. ( I know age plays some factor is this as well) Do you have any thoughts on the time it is taking and or the notices that have changed on his my social security page?

            Thanks

            Jessica

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Jessica,

            If you have been called the Disability Determination Services (DDS) in addition to the Social Security offices and DDS says that the claim is still pending, that means your husband’s claim is still awaiting completion of the medical review. Unfortunately, I can’t explain the unhelpful new information on the website.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

  175. Pamela says:

    I have a question.I applied for disabilty in 2009 do to a car crash that left me having a hard time standing, walking,sitting..it was a head on crash.i was turned down ,I have fought but keep getting turned down,I now have been dinosed with bipolar 2, Ptsd, i did get my ged when i was 32 , i have trouble remembering things at times due to head injuries ,i hold myself responeable for the wreck because my mother in law came picked me up from work and we were in the crash on the way home.she died from her injuries two years later..i carry the guilt with me..i have tried to kill myself .which is why i went to see a doctor .I have reapplied ..but im still waiting on a letter.if i get it will they go all the way back to 2009. .

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Pamela,

      Your claim will probably not go back to 2009 because you are nowclaiming benefits primarily for different conditions. It is unlikely the prior claim would be reopened.

      Peace be with you,

      Kay

  176. Worried says:

    Dear Kay,
    I applied for disability in January 2011. I don’t have enough credits for SSD, so I applied for SSI. After being denied twice, seeing their doctors, etc, etc, I contacted an attorney, and had my hearing Sept.6 of this year.
    I also had signed up for the Direct Express card. Everyday on the direct website, it would say it was pending-waiting for authorization. Then on Nov. 25, it said it was ACTIVE & being mailed.
    Well, I received my Direct Express card in the mail last week on Dec. 4, and when I called to activate it, they told me I was approved!
    BUT, I called my attorney’s & they said they haven’t gotten a notice yet & also said they had never heard of the US Treasury telling someone they were approved, but that it wasn’t impossible. But, also, they wouldn’t count on it, until an approval decision was in front of them.
    So, I called the local SS office & they said last week, that a decision WAS made, but it was being finalized.
    Almost everyday, I check the SS website, and it says I am not currently receiving benefits.
    I called the local SS office again this morning, and they said it was still pending but I should hear something soon, because it had been like that for a while.
    So, my questions are…
    WOULD the US Treasury KNOW if I were approved or not?
    Why would SS first tell me a decision had been made but being finalized, then tell me it was still pending? And, what does all that mean?
    How long does it take to get paid, if you are approved, after a hearing?
    I’m really worried. This has been a long & hard battle. No health insurance, no money, nothing.
    I’ve had 2 brain aneurysm surgeries, severe anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, major depression, HBP, mini strokes, degenerative disc disease, bulging, herniated, slipped, & ruptured discs in back & neck, etc, etc, etc. Too much to list. I can’t afford to go to the doctor, get my medicines, or pay any of my bills. It’s just terrible. Any information would be greatly appreciated….
    Thank you!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Gail,

      Apologies for the late response. Our site has had a software problem that is now resolved.

      Your attorney is right; until you get a formal decision you cannot be sure. He is also right that usually the Treasury Dept. would not say that you were approved; however, it is also true they would not usually activate the card if you were not. It is possible that the Treasury was notified by error or prematurely to activate the card.

      With regard to the information that you are getting from the Social Security Administration (SSA), “a decision but not finalized” and “pending” may be two ways of saying the same thing. It could be that the judge made a decision and your claim was randomly selected for quality review and thus the decision is not “finalized.”

      It can take up to sixty days to be paid after you receive the judge’s approval letter. If approved, you might be able to speed that up by calling your local office and asking for an appointment to go over your financial information since 2011 so that your Supplmental Security Income (SSI) claim can be calculated.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  177. Lori says:

    Afternoon Kay,

    I just called the adujacator for my case atthe dds office and she said my file was sent to my local disability office to make a determination,I was under the impression that was what the adjucator was suppose to do was make a decision since she had my file and sent me to their dr for a physical exam, cause when I call the 800 number to get status of my case they say it is at the local office and know the adjucator is telling me it went to my local office and I will get a letter as to the decision , so i am confused

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lori,

      Apologies for the late response. Our site has had a software problem that is now resolved.

      There are multiple adjudicators for your claim. You are right that the DDS examiner makes the medical decision. However, the local Social Security office’s claims representative makes the decision of whether you meet the non-medical requirements for payment. Whether you are medically approved or denied, the Social Security office–not the DDS–send you notice of the decision.

      If the claim is medically denied, you should get the decision fairly quickly. If it has been medically approved, you might be able to speed things up by asking for an appointment to provide any non-medical information that is needed.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  178. Joe says:

    If I get 780 ssdi and my kids get 120 for all and it’s not helping us how can I get more will ssi give more if we need more help

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Joe,

      Your Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefit is too high for you to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). You might seek assistance by applying for food stamps, free school lunches, and/or energy assistance. Local non-profits and some power companies have assistance programs to help with heating bills. Your phone company may have special rates for disabled individuals.You could also check with your local human services department to see if your family income is low enough for your children to qualify for cash assistance and/or medical insurance.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  179. Jason says:

    Kay,

    I called my disability examiner today, she said my case was completed 2 days ago. But she did not tell me the status of my application. She said I will receive a letter in the mail and said Merry Christmas to me and got me off the phone.

    Is it normal for the DE not to tell the outcome of the application? Also, I checked online and called Social Security and they both said NO decision has been made yet. So I don’t understand how the state has a decision already made but Social Security does not know the outcome. Is it because my file has not been processed completey by the state and sent to Social Security to update them?

    If you have any insight I would appreciate it. Thanks.

    • Jason says:

      Kay,

      Just a update… I found out today it was sent to Quality Review. I’m not to sure what this means, or what the outcome will be.

      Thanks

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Jason,

        Quality review is a random review to see if the decision making process followed prescribed procedures. If it did the decision rendered will remain in place. If it did not, it could be overturned or returned to the decision maker for further investigation.

        Sincerely,

        Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jason,

      Apologies for the late response. Our site has had a software problem, which is now resolved. Hopefully, your situation has been clarified by now.

      The Disability Determining Services does not provide verbal notification of the outcome of their review. When you checked your claim online aand it showed no decision had been made, it could have been because of lag time between decision and input to the computer systems or because the claim was randomly selected for quality review. Additionally, the Social Security call center representatives are not allowed to say that a decision has been made until five days have passed, possibly to allow time for the possibility of selection for quality review.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  180. Debi K says:

    Hello – I just received a letter from SSDI approving my medical disability and gave me a date for my disability. But said they would get back to me on the medical approval. How long does this take? I have worked FT all my life (I am 54) and have 32 credits in the last 10 yrs, and many more before that. When I go on the SSA site to check my benefits it says I am considered disabled, it has the dollar amount I will get and it also says the date I will start getting it, which is in March of 2014 (considered disabled since 8/2013). I currently get LTD, own a home and a car but have no savings. Do you think I will get approved the non-medical and how long will it take to hear from them. Does having the payment info on the SSA site mean it has all been approved? Thanks so much for you help. This is a great site – glad I ran across it.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Debi,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our site has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      You should get a formal approval letter; however, the information on the website is consistent with an approval for Social Security Disability (SSD). This means that the non-medical factors for SSD have been reviewed and approved. Based on an August 2013 date of disability, your unpaid five-month waiting period would run from September through January and your benefits would begin in February 2014. Benefits are paid in the month after they are due, so your first benefit will be received in March.

      It is likely that you are not financially eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits because of the LTD you are getting. If it has been over $740 a month every month since September 2013, you would not be eligible for any amount of SSI.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  181. shawna says:

    Hello,

    I have a question about my husband. He has chf and severe sleep apnea. he is on oxygen 24 hours a day and on 3 liters. he filed for disability July 30. We have not heard anything from them. He did couple times and they stated it was in review. We check the status all the time and states waiting on medical decision. I check Friday and it states a decision has been made and we’ll receive notice in U.S Mail. Does this mean it was denied? We have heard rumors that you will get a call if your approved.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shawna,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our site has had a software problem, which is now resolved. Hopefully by now your husband has received his letter and you have an answer. If not, there is no need to worry because a letter is sent whether an approval or a denial. A call is made only if additional information is needed.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  182. Jason says:

    I guess I’ll ask again…

    I called my disability examiner today, and he said that my file was completed on 12/11/2013. He also stated that it was sent to Quality Review. Has anyone gone through the process? Does anyone know the chances of it being approved OR denied?

  183. Amber says:

    I applied for disability and ssi in april and still have not heard of the decision on my case yet, they said it did not start until june but even than i have not heard anything.. its getting very frustrating and i cant hardly afford it the way it is.. why?!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Amber,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our site has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      Your claim has pended for an unusally long time. I suggest calling the Disablity Determination Services and ask whether they are waiting for anything from you or your doctors. If they are, work to see that the missing information is submitted. If they are not, ask where in line your claim is to be reviewed. How many more before yours? Indicate that you filed the claim in April and that, after an initial delay, processing began in June.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  184. Jane says:

    I received SSDI benefit due to my hearing loss. and I also am legal blind and I sent my Dr for vision report and my SSDI office said I have to wait till my medical review that would be in 2019. THey denied my claim and I sent a new report and they refused to claim my case till 2019 i contacted SS lawyer and they said they could not help me because I am already received benefits..

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jane,

      If I understand correctly, you are receiving Social Security Disability benefits for deafness and your case does not come up for review until 2019. You are now legally blind and want Social Security to get that on record.

      With regard to your Social Security benefits, there is no benefit to establishing that you are legally blind unless you are planning to work and want to have the higher substantial gainful activity benchmark available for the blind. If this is the case, then I suggest that you appeal the fact that they are refusing to review the case. If you are again told you can’t have the matter reviewed, ask to speak to a supervisor.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  185. TRACY GORDON says:

    Hi i file in october of 2012 for ssi after being diagnised with major depression and panic disorder which i was denied ithen got a lawyer who appealed for a reconsideration and still was denied now i have been waiting on a court date since february of this year havent herd anything from the lawyer or anyone bout a court dat. Yet

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tracy,

      I did not see this message when I responded to your additional note that it had been ten months since your requested a hearing. It can be a year or more from filing an appeal to a court date. If you have had a change in your condition or have new medical information or different medical providers, it would be good to update your attorney now because notice of the hearing date will be only about three weeks before the hearing.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  186. TRACY GORDON says:

    Can u help me kay in telling me whats goin on its 10months now

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tracy,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our site has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      I need more information to provide you with guidance. When did you file your claim? What was the last status report you had? Is it an initial claim or an appeal?

      Thanks,

      Kay

  187. Jennifer says:

    I had my hearing on October 9, 2013. My lawyer thought it went very well. The VE couldn’t come up with any jobs I could do and the judge didn’t do any cross with the VE. My lawyer thinks that it if wasn’t for my age, I wouldn’t even of had to of gone to this point. I am now 41 and started with the disability issues at 39. I called Social Security yesterday and they said my claim had been assigned to a decision writer. She made a comment that it was taking longer than usual, but the judge had stated that it would take 45-60 days so I haven’t been concerned. My question for you is that after doing some research on the web, some people are under the impression that if your claim is with a decision writer that it means that you are usually denied. I know I haven’t given you my background because it is a long, extensive one with back surgeries and failed back surgeries, etc. But with what I have given you, do you feel that being with a decision writer means a denial first off and second off, the information I gave you about the VE sounds strongly in my favor wouldn’t you think?
    Also, I am fighting the fact that I’m a Registered Nurse, but as I’m sure you can figure, the most comfortable position I can be in is lying in bed. Thank you ahead of time for your help.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jennifer,

      All hearing decisions, both approvals and denials, are conveyed to the claimant in long detailed letters; so the fact that your claim is in decision writing is not indication of the outcome. The fact that the vocational specialist did not identify jobs you could perform is favorable. If the judge believes the evidence supports the level of limitations that you are claiming, your claim may be approved.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  188. jenn says:

    I have a ? I’m 33 an my doctors deamed me unable to work gave me a lettervtold me take it to social security …which I did in oct I brought my dianosis papers from my doctors as well with me an I recieved two letters from them in nov one stating I was denied ssd due to not having enough work creditsvand the other one was a questioner for ssi which was applied for the same day as the ssd I have yet to recieve any letters or anything so I called and she said waiting on a medical discision what does that mean

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jenn,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our site has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      The information you provided indicates that your claim for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) was still pending on the date you wrote and that it was under review to see whether you meet the medical requirements for disability benefits. Be sure to provide everything that is requested, including both medical and financial information.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  189. damia rickson says:

    Hi kay i was wondering how long after i see the physiologist do i have to wait to hear if i was approved r denied…….

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Damia,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our site has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      The time to review a claim after an independent medical examination depends in part on how long it takes the physician to submit his report. After that the review can vary from a couple weeks to a couple months. After six weeks, you might contact the examiner at the Disability Determination Services and ask where your claim is in the review process.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  190. Margaux says:

    Hi, I mailed my application in. I haven’t received anything in the mail so I was never given a confirmation number. How am I supposed to check my status of the application without a confirmation number

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Margaux,

      Apologies for the delay in responding. Our website has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      You can call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 and request a status.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  191. Amber. says:

    Hi Kay, my name is Amber. I have never worked before . I have severe social anxiety, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder and I memory issues. I have had 3 Psychiatrist and my Therapist tell me I am unable to.work and told me to apply for SSI. I am 22 and was officially disabled November 2012. I applied the same month and was denied by December I believe. I take medication for my different disorders and go to Therapy. I called a lawyer off of tv and I recently got a letter saying they recieved my app through my lawyer Dec 4 and I have to sent in specific signed papers by a certain date or I will not recieve benefits. Does this mean I will most likely get approved???

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Amber,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our site has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      You do not say what papers you were asked to sign. If they were papers authorizing the release of medical information to Social Security, it just means that they are processing your claim. If you would like to tell me the type of papers you received, I may be able to comment further.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  192. Amber. says:

    If I may also add I have extreme paranoia. And it is very hard for me to be in public.

    Any response is greatly appreciated!

  193. Kristina says:

    Why am I recieving a social security check in the mail when I am no longer living with my parents and haven’t received one since I was 18 I am now 20 and just got a check out of the blue in the mail

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kristina,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our site has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      You may have gotten an explanatory letter by now. If not, contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 for an explanation before you cash the check. It may be that you are due some retroactive benefits from prior to age 18 or prior to age 19 if you were still in high school after you turned eighteen.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  194. dougkeyser says:

    My husband has developed cardiomyopathy and has an ej of less than 20% according to results of an echo done in the hospital. He has episodes of severe shortness of breath and dizziness throughout the day. His cardiologist did a cath and because the results indicate he has no blocked arteries or malformed or leaky valves, the doctor believes a virus triggered the cardiomyopathy. He is being evaluated for an ICD (due to possibility of sudden cardiac death) in January as two appointments were canceled due to the doctor in charge of the evaluation having emergencies. He is on something called Medicaid spend down (?) as he was not covered by insurance, and has to be approved monthly.

    My first question is should we have filed a quick claim for disability? Also, although it will cause a huge financial burden, we have placed him on my insurance, which will cost me $1,200 a month. Should we have done that? It was open insurance season, and we had to decide before the season to change options closed. I should state that he is unable to work due to the dizziness, shortness of breath, inability to lift more than 5 pounds and walk or sit for any length of time before he has an onset of shortness of breath, turns gray, and must lay down.

    Thanks,
    DKeyser

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Doug,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our site has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      I recommend that your husband apply for Social Security Disability immediately. It sounds as if he could qualify for benefits.

      With regard to the medical insurance, this a personal decision on your part. If you are thinking that you cannot sustain paying $1,200 a month for his insurance, before cancelling, be sure that he can get back on Medicaid spend down. Rules change all the time. You might also look at the coverage choices and cost of getting him health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  195. sam says:

    i received a mykeeps debit card from my attorney. My ssdi case is pending. Does the card mean that i was a) definitely approved, b) probably approved, or c) means nothing definitive at all ?
    There is no payment on it yet & I received it approximately 2 months ago

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sam,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our site has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      I assume that you are referring to the DirectExpress card issued by the U.S. Treasury Dept. for payment of benefits. If you are, receipt of the the card only means that you selected that method of payment should your claim be approved.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  196. Maria says:

    Hi kay ! I apply for ssdi in April 2013 and got a denial on July 17 do to my doctors failing to send my medical records. I appeal on September 19 and still no answer. Now it’s December 28 and still nothing ..how long do you think it would take to hear back from them. I apply for having lupus and severe lipoathrophy in face arms and torso, alopecia ,arthritis ,depression and hypertension all do to lupus. Do you think I have a chance of being approved?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Maria,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our site has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      Your reconsideration appeal has been pending quite a while. I suggest calling the Disability Determination Services that is handling your appeal and ask them if they are waiting for anything from you or your physicians. It sounds as if your lupus is somewhat advanced, which could be an indication that you will be found to be disabled; however, I am commenting without the benefit of knowing your work history or age and, of course, I am not a medical professional. I hope you have a decision soon.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  197. Erich Pfleaidermahnn says:

    Kay I just recently applied for SS. I am currently receiving 80% for military disability for PTSD, Irritable Bowl, depression, and anxiety disorder. I applied after I stopped working 18 Oct 2o13. I met with the lawyer 4 Nov 2013 and haven’t really heard anything. Also once I met with the lawyer I was diagnosed with severe asthma and was documented in my military health records. I immediately applied for an increase in military compensation. Will this new info be a consideration for ss? Its really nerve racking to sit and wait. Thank you

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Erich,

      All your medical and psychiatric conditions will be conisdered in the evaluation of your Social Security claim. So that your attorney can submit the additional information to Social Security, be sure that he or she has the new information regarding your asthma, including the name and contact information for the doctors who are treating your for the asthma.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  198. Marianne says:

    I received a letter saying I was medically approved, and no amount was given. Also said I need to answer non-medical questions?? What does this mean? Iam I approved, why the other questions?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Marianne,

      You do not say whether you were approved for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), so I will address both. To receive SSI payment, you must be financially eligible (not just medically eligible). When you applied you would have been screened for financial eligiblity at that time. SSI eligibility is month by month, so the Social Security Administration (SSA) has to interview you and perhaps get some documentation from you to see whether you are still finanically eligible and whether you have been every month since you applied. For Social Security Disability (SSD), you must have enough work credits for your age, so you may be asked to provide a birth certificate. If you have dependents, a separate application has to be made to pay the dependents.

      Whether you were approved for SSI or SSD, I recommend that you respond promptly to SSA and provide whatever they request.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  199. kristen says:

    I just have question.. I applied for social security disability oct. 2011. I just recently on nov. 13th had my court date with a judge. it lasted about 15 minutes. all they asked me for was my name & my age. then they were talkinto my laywer the rest of the time. i was told i could leave. my laywer srayed in therr an extra 5 min & she came out & said she thought i won & it was a good sign that the jugde had already made a decision even before i came to court.. i havent gotten any letter or anything yet. i called my laywer she hasnt heard anything either. i called the ss office here in my city & they said its pending… how long do you think i should wait? & whats your opinion on the way it went? My lawyer expalined the payment amount & the bk payment. is that normal?

    • kristen says:

      By the way, ive had my conditions since i was born.. i have scoliosis & poland syndrome in my left hand.. will they only go back till oct 2011 anyway?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kristen,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our website has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      This response is to both your inquiries.

      It can take sixty days or more to get the formal written decision even when the judge gives a verbal decision at the hearing. There is really nothing that can be done to speed up how long it takes. You can call the hearing office to see if the judge has made the decision. Once the letter is sent it can take up to a couple months for benefits to start.

      If you applied for Social Security Disability (SSDI) and not Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your benefits will begin the later of the sixth full calendar month after the disabled date approved by the court or twelve months before your October 2011 application. If you applied for SSI, benefits start the month after your application, November 2011.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  200. taylchel says:

    Hi i was wondering whats the deal…i applied for iss benefits for both of my children they both are mildly autistic . I applied on nov. 7th 2013 online at the end of each very long application it said somthing along the lines of an interview by the social security office . And that it takes anywhere up to 120 days to be processed. So is it 120 days till they call me or mail me an interview date? Or is it 120 days till i find out if they are approved? Should i call the iss office ? So lost and so in need of benefit help

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Taylchel,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our website has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      The 120 days referred to should refer to the amount of time it will take to process the claim after the interview. If you do not have an interview set up within two weeks, contact your local Social Security Adminstration and tell them you completed the online portion of the SSI applications for your children and want to set up an interview to complete the rest.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  201. melissa says:

    I applied for disability for my son I took him to the doctor they sent me to the dr. Said I should here something in 30 days if I don’t I should call them to check on my claim is that a good sign of getting approve he has a learning disability he aso have a iep plan at school

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Melissa,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our website has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      It is hard to say why the doctor recommended following up in thirty days. Although it is possible that he was going to write a supportive report and was trying to tell you that, it’s really not possible to know for sure. Following up with the Disability Determination Services is a good idea because it allows you to check to be sure that they have received the doctor’s report.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  202. janine williams says:

    my benefits were cut off because i turned 19 i filed for an appeal was denied and my lawyer made another appeal i was told i was approved to receive benefits until my hearing how long before i receive them

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Janine,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our website has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      I assume that you were receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disabled child’s benefits and now you are pursuing SSI disabled adult’s benefits. If that is the case and you were told that you could receive benefits while your appeal pends, the benefits should start almost immediately. I suggest that you contact your local office if they have not begun as yet.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  203. David Stallings says:

    In 2010 i got stage 4 cancer on my tongue and lymphnodes in the left side of my neck. They replaced my tongue with some thigh muscle. I had 4 or 5 surgeries total. I was approved for disability over the internet on the first try.

    I am being reviewed now and have to go see a ssi doctor. I am on Morphine and oxycodone and about 12 other meds. I have pain from the prior surgeries along with arthritis.

    I was an electrician and a welder. I dont know of anyone who will hire anybody taking the pain meds. I see 3 doctors at least every 6 months why would they send me to see their doctor.

    Also as long as i am on opiates how can they expect anyone to hire me?

    Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear David,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our website has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      Your claim is being reviewed because your condition was expected to improve. Be sure to attend the independent examination that has been requested. However, I would also recommend that you call the claims examiner at the Disability Determination Services to check to be sure that they have all your records or statements from all the physicians you have seen in the past six months. If they do not, tell the examiner that you want your own doctors’ records and opinions regarding your limitations to be considered. You might also get statements from your own doctors regarding your limitations and restrictions and submit those statements. Your doctors are not expected to say whether or not you are disabled, so just have them describe your limitations, such as not being able to work around machinery due to medications, lifting restrictions, etc. and their opinion of whether your pain levels are credible.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  204. Lydia NeShelle says:

    Hi Kay,
    My dad filed for SSD in late October 2013, he received a letter in early December saying he was approved for medical SSD & He would recieve back pay from April 2011.it also said they would send another letter explaining more. He received a lump sum in the bank on December 17. Its January 5 & he still hasn’t received the second letter. When will he receive monthly benefits? Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lydia,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our website has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      The lump sum your father received was probably for months through November 2013. If that is the case, he should receive his December benefit in January, his January benefit in February, and so on. Social Security benefits are paid on the lst, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesdays of the month. The Wednesday he receives his benefits depends on when in the month his birthday falls. For example, a person born on the 5th will receive benefits on the first Wednesday, while someone born on the 23rd will receive benefits on the 4th Wednesday.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  205. Distraught says:

    I am 53 years old and have suffered for over 10 years with severe plantar fasciitis, anxiety, depression, and htn. I had surgery on my foot which made the pain worse from nerve damage. I was let go from my job two months after surgery. Tried finding another job for over a year before applying in September. Any opinion on my chances would be appreciated

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Dee,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our website has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      Because you are over age fifty, if you are unable to perform occupations that you have performed in the past, then your claim likely will be approved.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Distraught says:

        Thank you so much for the response. I received a letter from the DDS sending me to a physical and psychological exam on 2/12/14. The DDS office said it was to make my case stronger. I am very anxious and nervous about this. I know how I suffer just hope I can put it in to words. any advice please. I am a nervous wreck and cant sleep because of worry. My life has lost all quality and my family suffers also because of my pain.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Dee,

          I recommend that you answer honestly and as completely as possible any questions you are asked at the examinations.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

          • Distraught says:

            I went to my psychological exam today and it was mentally exhausting. I cried through the whole thing(brought out issues)I could not remember the for words she asked me to. I feel so inadequate and don’t understand why I forgot. Will this hurt me? I am so anxious the waiting is hard on my emotions.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Dee,

            How you felt and how you functioned at the examination would appear to be manifestations of limitations related to your mental health. Showing these symptoms should not hurt your claim. If anything, it will help.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

  206. nikki says:

    HI MRS.KAY I’VE BEEN WAITING TO HEAR BACK AND HAVEN’T GOTTEN A RESPONSE MY SON SUFFERS FRM SEIZURES AND I DNT KNW WHAT TO DI CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME? I NEED A CLAIM CONFIRMATION NUMBER AS WELL.THANKS

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Nikki,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our website has had a software problem, which is now resolved. I responded to you yesterday or the day before. When you file by mail, you do not get a confirmation number. You can check on the status of the claim by calling Social Security at 1=800-772-1213.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  207. candace says:

    I fill for disability. And I receive a letter saying my child maybe eligible. For benefits on my record does that means I’m approved

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Candace,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our website has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      Yes, if you applied for Social Security Disability and you are being asked to complete paperwork for your child to receive dependents benefits, it does mean you have been approved.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  208. candace says:

    I left out some things first off I applied for disability can’t remember which one but I have worked for years at a time but I have a mental disorder. That requirses me to take a lot of meds bipolar. Disorder severe. Anxiety. Borderline personality. Depression. And alot more in and put of mental hospitals and have tried subsided I applied in august of 2013 and in Dec I received letters to ho to Dr appointment. Then days layer they sent letters saying they were canceled. I call as and asked why they canceled. And was told they have made my decision I guess through my mental records and said I get a letter n the mail in two weeks but the only mail I got was the needed my banks and savings accounts and more information but I have nothing. No money and later I got a letter. Saying my child can reecive befits from if I file a application does this mean I’m approve

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Candace,

      Please see my reply of a few minutes ago.

      With regard to the additional information in your current comment, the first letter asking for financial information may have been to determine your financial eligibility for Supplemental Security Income. It would appear that final work is being done on both your Social Security (SSD) and SSI claims, which appear to have been medically approved. Be sure to respond promptly to everything they request.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  209. upsndowns says:

    I applied may 23,2013 and heard nothing until August they asked that i complete some big packet of papers. Then i heard nothing until December 2013, when they told me i had a mental health examination. I have been going to my own doctors for a year now. They have received my records but still sent me to their doctor. I have bipolar 1, ptsd, panic attacks ans ADD. I am now nervous since my appointment today. The man ask me to remember things that i couldn’t and about different presidents. I know it early but now i think i will be denied. I have been on probation at work because i have days when i cant get out th bed they cut my hours n i can barely buy a pack of cigarettes. Is this normal ? Will i more than likey get denied ? My stress level is higher than ever.

    • upsndowns says:

      Oh yeah the medical examiner told me i had ADD, this is something that my doctor tested for and said i did not have, so is that a good thinh that he the medical examiner diagnosed me with this ? Will this help my case in any way? Please someone help me come to ease.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Leticia,

      Social Security sent you to a physician to answer questions that were not answered in your medical records. Being sent to an examination is not an indication of whether you will be denied or denied. You mention working. It is important to let Social Security know that you are working, if you have not done so. There are limits to the amount of work earnings that you can have and still be considered disabled.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • upsndowns says:

        I was working full time but i have days that i just cant get out of bed of even shower (i know, i know) so my hours were dropped to part-time. I told the an everything and was very honest. Befire i left he said i had ADD, which is something that my doctor thought i might have but did nitccompletely rule in out out. I do have bipolar, PTSD, and mood disorder. Now A.D.D. has been added from the social security examiner. Is that a good thing or bad? How long should i wait before contactingthem ? I have a realky hard time with waiting and not knowing my fate…..which causes me to have panic aattacks when i get to worked up.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Leticia,

          ADD has to be extremely severe to be disabling. If your claim is approved, it will more likely be based on your mental illness diagnoses and the limitations that stem from them. I suggest waiting at least four week from the examination to follow up because it could take a couple weeks for the doctor to get his report to the claims examiner.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  210. Rick says:

    I applied for disability 17 months ago and still have not gotten a decision, They have only sent me for 1 test and I took it and the last letter I received from them was a reimbursement check for gas I used to go to the test and that’s been about 5 months ago,, every time I call my local office or the toll free number and when I get a live person they say decision is pending or no decision on claim made as of now.
    I thought it would take 3 to 5 months for a decision and if I’m approved the Rep at my local office said my back pay would start from Jan 2013, I wish they would make a decision so we could get the ball rolling.
    Has anyone else e