When applying for disability benefits will I have to see a Social Security doctor? |
Loading...
You are here:  Home  >  Claims Process  >  Current Article

When applying for disability benefits will I have to see a Social Security doctor?

By   /  November 11, 2012  /  366 Comments

Learn when applying for disability benefits means that Social Security will send you to a doctor for evaluation and find out who will pay for the exam.

    Print       Email
applying-for-disability-2

Watch the Video: “When applying for disability benefits will I have to see a Social Security doctor?”

When a Consultative Examination Is Required

Social Security will only send you to a doctor for a Consultative Examination if the medical records and other information you submit when applying for disability are not enough to make a decision on your claim.

Your Responsibility to Prove Your Disability

If you are asked to go for an examination, you will receive a letter from the Disability Determination Services, which is the agency responsible for reviewing your claim. The letter will give you the name and contact information of the examining doctor, the time of the appointment, and how to confirm that you will attend. It is very important to your claim to confirm the appointment by the date given and to attend the examination on time and cooperate fully. If you fail to do so, your claim is likely to be denied.

When a Psychological Examination Is Required

Sometimes people who are applying for benefits based on a physical condition ask, “Why am I being asked to see a psychiatrist? I’ve never been treated for an emotional problem.” Certainly, that situation can be confusing, but Social Security has a reason for asking you to attend a psychiatric evaluation. Here it is: If the information in your claim file doesn’t support the physical disability you claimed and your reported physical symptoms could be caused by a psychiatric illness, then Social Security wants to find out whether you qualify for benefits based on a mental illness. For more information on how Social Security evaluates your disability application, please visit our article “How Does the Social Security Administration Apply Social Security Disability Laws to Determine If I Am Disabled?” and “Who Decides If I Am Disabled? If Both My Doctor and the Social Security Disability Doctors Say I Am Unable to Work, Will I Be Approved?”

The Doctor, the Purpose, and the Cost for the Examination

Just as an aside, the doctor to whom you are sent is not actually an employee of the Social Security Administration. Social Security asks a qualified doctor as close as possible to your home to perform the examination. Your own attending physician may even be asked to perform the consultative examination if he is qualified to do independent exams and is willing. A final note: the appointment has been set because you applying for disability and it is for evaluation only, not for treatment.

    Print       Email
  • Published: 3 years ago on November 11, 2012
  • By:
  • Last Modified: June 26, 2015 @ 11:11 pm
  • Filed Under: Claims Process

366 Comments

  1. Pammi says:

    I have always worked I’m 34 yrs with four kids .it seems everytime I get a job I have quit because pain I can’t walk,stand ,sit,are lay down to long it’s very painful,i been seeing gi-specialist since 2011 back and fourth and different gynecologist,i can’t concentrate that long

  2. Pammi says:

    Hello Ms Kay
    I don’t know if it got sent,but I went and filed for benfits on 4-13-2015 and by 5-20-2015 the dds office received my info on 6-1-2015 the mailed me some forms to fill out about my disability,adls,and job history 5-15 years back so I faxed everything in the ask for on 6-5-2015.so I called them on 7-15-2015 to see how it was looking she said good and I should be receving a letter so I called back on 7-20-2015 he said that It looks ok again and they where waiting on My medical records, and I should know something by 9-17-2015. My PcP I been seeing from 2005 to 2013 sent me to have all kinds of test did the nurse practitioner knows that I’m disable but the doctor says I’m not during these years of me seeing this clinic I only seen the doctor 3 times I always seen the nurse practitioner the doctor was never there so he don’t know what I go through, so in 2013 I started seeing another pcp and another gi- Speaclist all my doctors know that I’m suffering and been suffering for many of years except that one.will dds send me to one of there doctors to prove that I’m disable.I suffer 28th really bad spasm in my stomach due to irritable bowl syndrome,i have really bad endometriosis,anxiety and paniac attacks,and I was born with small bowl malrotation.how long will this process take

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Pammi,

      I responded to your previous four posts under the name Tamaria. Please see that response. The estimate of September 17 given by the claims examiner seems about right because they are still trying to get medical records.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  3. Tamaria says:

    I mean I just want to know how the case is going now since I last talk to them

  4. Tamaria says:

    And also I filed 4-13-2015 dds received my info on 5-20-2015 by june 1 dds mail me a packet to fill out about my disability and jobs in the last 15 years and my adls, I filled them out and faxed back the same day,so i called 07-20-2015 she said every thing look good and they should mail me a letter and I should know something by 9-17-2015 no letter received yet so I called back 7-27-2015 the guy at the dds office says that they just waiting on medical records ,what is going on know

  5. Tamaria says:

    Sorry about that I was trying to say the same gi Speaclist he sent me to and other Speaclist agree that I have some type of disability and my family doctor, but I would like to see there doctor before they go by that one doctor

  6. Tamaria says:

    Hello,ms Kay how are you

    I was wondering if a haven’t see one of my family doctors since5-2013 and start seeing a new one 6-2013 . I want my old family doctor to send my medical records to the dds office but he said he don’t think that I I’m disable when I been going there for a couple of years and only seen him 3 times the nurse practitioner there knows that I suffering and able but he don’t care and don’t know me , but my GiSpeaclist, and new family doctor I started seeing in 6-2013.so is up to that ,are will they send me to one of their Speaclist to verify that I I’m disable.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tamaria,

      This is in response to your four posts. I suggest that you again ask your previous doctor to send your records. Explain that you are not asking him to say that you are disabled, that Social Security will decide that, and that you just want Social Security to see the records. You may or may not be sent for a consultative examination. If there is enough information to make a decision without an exam, there will be no special exam.

      If you did not make a typographical error, you were told you would have a decision by September 7, 2015 (9-17-2015). If it was an error and you meant to type a 7 for July instead of a 9, the person you spoke to may have meant that everything looked fine on your work history statement and then when she got working on the claim she found that some needed records were missing. Of course, this is all conjecture on my part. For more information, you need to talk to the examiner again.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  7. Bren says:

    Kay, I am in the reconsideration stage I checked the ss website and it says a decision has been made. .. then I checked “my ss account” and the verification letter used to say you are not receiving ss… now it says you are receiving ss disabilty…I have not received a letter in the mail it says next payment 0 with no date. .. it does however show a back pay amount… it also gives a dollar amount of regular monthly payment. .. it says nothing about my two minor children. .. Will they receive payment also? Will letters come for them separate from mine? also checked my bank account it says direct deposit from ss pending with no dollar amount…I am assuming I am approved? And what will I need to do for the minor children… they should have their information on the original application… Just wondering what you think?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Bren,

      It sounds as if your first benefits are in the computer processing stage; you should receive some benefits soon. The children’s claim will be processed after yours and benefits will be paid after yours. I suggest that you call your local office to find out whether they need your children’s birth certificates.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  8. jimmy says:

    Hi Kay, I just want to say THANK YOU !! for all your help and knowledge. you been spot on with all your opinions and answers !!! You offer a great service for people going through this process. Everything you told me was right !! So I thank you again !!
    Jimmy

  9. jimmy says:

    Hi Kay,I received a letter from SSDi saying before they can make a decision about me receiving benefits for my kids I have to file an application. is this normal or what does this mean about my approval for my SSDI benefits ?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jimmy,

      Usually Social Security does not take applications for children until after the worker has been medically approved for benefits, so it is likely that you have been medically approved.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Chris says:

      Hello Kay I filed in April for disability after having emergency surgery for cauda equina syndrome I’m 54 year old man I worked in the motorcycle industry for over 20 years I can’t lift sit or stand for any length of time I called social security and I was told I am being sent to see a doctor I’m a bit nervous help

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Chris,

        When you see the doctor, just be honest; and if the doctor doesn’t ask about or examine something that is important, mention it.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  10. Toshira says:

    Dear Kay
    I applied for ssdi in April 2015 for depression and anxiety. While on leave I started seeing a therapist 3x a week. In May I had to stop due to no insurance. I was sent to a mental health appt for ssdi. The Dr. asked me multiplication questions, when I got out of bed, when I showered, my ACT score, about my medication. He asked questions about what some metaphors meant. Asked about my debt..& education history. Told me about people applying for benefits bc the economy is bad. I told him getting a job isn’t the problem it’s my anxiety & depression (possibly bipolar) that impacts my ability to sustain the job due to my issues. I have incontinence problems when I’m nervous & around a lot of people, unfortunately even on the job. He was telling me about his brother receiving disability..But didn’t ask me about any of my symptoms. Told me I need higher doses of Xanax *on .5mg. Told him how I’ve had anxiety so bad I thought I was having heart attacks. Unfortunately, the Dr office I’ve went to has shut down all facilities. He told me you’re intelligent, I said yes but my intelligence doesn’t stop my depressed or anxiety. I’ve suffered from depression since 10 years old.. I’m now 40. I haven’t been able to keep employment bc of my conditions. I want to complain to SSA but I don’t want to mess up my chances bc In my opinion he wasn’t evaluating me…or he was but already determined that there was nothing wrong with me. Oh he also asked about family mental health issues, bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia is extremely prevalent in my family.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Toshira,

      If you have a question, please post again and ask the question. As far as the appointment goes, keep a record of what happened during the exam, such as you wrote on this site, to tell your attorney if you are denied and have to appeal.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Toshira says:

        Kay
        Thank you for your reply. I apologize for not making my question clearer. Should I be concerned that that evaluation process was atypical? Or was that normal procedure? His opinions about why people apply for ssdi, and his brother’s disability approval seemed inappropriate, at least to me. Or am I being overly concerned? I will definitely keep notes of the evaluation. Thank you again for your assistance.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Toshira,

          My personal opinion is that the doctor’s comments were unprofessional. I don’t have enough data about enough evaluations to characterize anything other than the apparently unprofessional comments as atypical.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Toshira says:

            Dear Kay
            The rep from SSA contacted me today to obtain additional information about my last employer. I spoke with him briefly about my concerns regarding the questions asked. He said I’m looking at the exam and even though it may have not seemed like he was examining you he was very thorough regarding your illness. He also stated that psychiatric consultation always test thinking capacity etc..but said that they receive information regarding your medical history (other Dr notes maybe) prior to the evaluation to aid in the examination. He advised that they should be wrapping things up soon & that even though it was a bit untoward he did provide them with detailed notes. He was very careful not to advise whether or not I was approved or denied, however. Just that if he had further questions regarding my work history he would contact me. In your research or opinion is this type of followup normal? Does data ahow statistically that approval is eminent or is that the process for denial? I know all cases are different just wanted some idea. Thank you for your help.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Toshira,

            An examiner should follow up for whatever information is needed. It sounds as if your examiner is being very thorough, which is good. That said, I cannot predict whether your claim will be approved or denied.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  11. jimmy says:

    Hi Kay, My orthopedic surgeon is telling me to wait as long as I can to have surgery, when I cant deal with the pain anymore then have the surgery. Im to young. I spoke with other people that needed hip replacement. and they were told the same thing. Can you be force to have surgery. Plus with surgery anything can happen. Thank you !!!

  12. Dawn says:

    I filed for both on May 1 I have depression generalized anxiety disorder high blood pressure degenerative disc disease in lower back carpal tunnel in both hands had surgery on right hand back to normal after I fell and broke my right hand I have no strenght in my hand Dr also has me morbid obesity xrays show arthritis in my neck spine and Mri shows I have arthritis in both knees I’m on 9 meds I quit my job cause I can’t do the standing for 11 hrs a day or the heavy lifting my question instead of a denial letter I got a letter to see there Dr for mental also I have an attorney so how much farther do I have to go I have 2 boys and I can’t work so I’m starting to freak out. Is this like a 2 yr wait and I’m 44

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Dawn,

      Be sure to attend the mental examination that was requested. It can take another couple months after the exam to get a decision. How long the total claim process continues depends on whether you are awarded benefits on the initial application or you have to appeal.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  13. Al says:

    Hello,
    I wrnt to see the ssdi psychiatric Dr, for my depression, anxiety, Today I saw the ssdi Dr for my spinal stenosis, lumbar stenosis, degenerative disc disease, pain down my legs, and cramping in my shins, calves, and feet at night. Why didn’t the CE want to review my medical records, or my MRI? instead he performed his own analogy. I’m lost.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Al,

      The consultative examinations may have been requested because the records kept by your medical providers were not sufficiently clear or complete. If you want to make sure that testing done in the course of your medical care is considered, I suggest that you get copies of the records and test reports and submit them.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  14. Zahra says:

    Dear Kay,
    I’m 58 years old and worked as a teacher until a few months ago when I fell and injured myself. As a result of the injuries I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel in my dominant hand/wrist and developed RSD/CRPS in my hand, back and both arms. I have had several injections and blocks which haven’t helped and have been taking several medications which cause me to feel drowsy and at times confused. I suffer from unrelenting burning pain which is worsened by showering, wind or the touch of a hand, and my hand/wrist are swollen and weak. I also have muscle spasms. Sleep is practically nonexistent. In addition, I have asthma and migraines which have worsened since all this, high blood pressure, Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism which has caused obesity, allergies to many medications including NSAIDs, a number of bulging/herniated discs in my spine, arthritis and need a knee replacement which I am no longer a candidate for due to the CRPS. Do you think I would qualify for SSD? If so, do I focus on one of these conditions or all of them? As for the RSD/CRPS, do I include literature about this condition since it’s rare and most people, even some doctors, don’t know what it is? Thanks in advance.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Zahra,

      It is possible that you might qualify for benefits based on all the conditions combined. List the condition that caused you to stop work first. For all the other conditions, list the symptoms associated with them and how they limit you if they do. Mention the medication side effects. Relate your limitations to the demands of your teaching occupation. If you are denied, hire a Social Security attorney to assist with your appeal. You can reach a knowledgeable Social Security attorney by completing the online form on this page to request a free Benefits Evaluation from Disability Advisor. When you hire a Social Security attorney, 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 the retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free. It won’t hurt to include literature, though your claim will not be accepted based on literature. A letter from your treating physician about your pain being credible might be of more help.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  15. richard says:

    Dear Kay, I am 50 and have HIV for over 20 yrs. , plaque psoriasis for 7 yrs. and had tongue cancer 2yrs. ago that required partial removal of top portion of tongue and removing a portion of my wrist muscles, tendons and veins to rebuild tongue as well as surgical removal of lymph nodes in neck which left my neck and wrist to have weakness and pain when try to do any work. I have a GED education and last employment for the last 16 yrs. has been physical labor which I tried to go back to work after cancer surgery healed but still could not perform my duties at work so I had to take early retirement do to fatigue and other side effects from HIV meds., limited use/movement of wrist/neck and pain from surgery, pain on skin areas as well as joints affected by psoriasis. I was rejected the first time and now have a hearing with a Judge in Oct. and just received a letter from SS for a physical exam. Kay, What are my chances of getting approved?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Richard,

      It seems as if you may have a good case. If you do not have an attorney to help you with the hearing, it might be wise to hire one. You can reach a knowledgeable Social Security attorney by completing the online form on this page to request a free Benefits Evaluation from Disability Advisor. When you hire a Social Security attorney, 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 the retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  16. jimmy says:

    Hi Kay, Here is a summary of everything. I was hurt on the job and now out on comp, I need a THR and torn labrum in my left hip, I’ve been seeing my comp doctor every month for over a year the last 7 months been out of work due to the fact I have a hard time walking and bending and sitting for any period of time I have MRI report showing my problems both my doctor and comp doctor agrees I need a hip replacement. I filed for ssdi. I had all my c4 reports for over a year. I cant even put on my socks or shoes,I am a HVAC mechanic and do a lot of work in ceilings crawling bending in tight spaces, and up and down ladders. carry equipment and tools.I also have a lower back problem but not a lot of documents on it, Had to go to a CE exam for that also Have Tinnitus ringing in my ears not to much documentation on that just my ENT visit confirming it also had a CE exam for that. They requested my doctors notes for my hip which was sent 70 pages. now waiting for an answer…. and what do you think about approval, I am 51 and been at the same job for 28 years and only have a 9th grade education. Thank you for your help!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jimmy,

      There is a good possibility that you will be approved due to the combination of your work history, your age, and your educational level. The approval may schedule a future continuing disability review date if there is an expectation that you will be able to return to your occupation after you recover from your surgery.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  17. Chri says:

    I appiled for benefits I have lupus chf auto amine diseases high hyperthyroid and other medical problems and been shot also the sent me to medical exam intro wat are the changes receiving award letter

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Chri,

      Whether or not you are awarded benefits will depend on how severely your multiple medical conditions limit your ability to work and how well you are able to prove the severity. If you are denied, I recommend you request a copy of your claim file to see the exact reasons for the denial and that you hire a Social Security attorney to help with the appeal. You can reach a knowledgeable Social Security attorney by completing the online form on this page to request a free Benefits Evaluation from Disability Advisor. When you hire a Social Security attorney, 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 the retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  18. jimmy says:

    Hi Kay, Consultative Exams – These are medical exams ordered and paid for by the insurance company or Social Security. There’s a widespread belief that these exams are done primarily to document a denial is this true? I had to go see a CE doctor for my back and hearing loss, ringing in my ears Tinnitus. they did request my doctors notes for my hip which was about 70 pages long which I have been seeing my orthopedic surgeon for over a year with my hip problem. No CE request for my hip yet? with all the prior information I gave you is this good or bad. Thanks again for your help in this stressful time going through this process !!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jimmy,

      I would say that probably the medical information regarding your hip was clear but not sufficient to approve you medically, but the examiner thinks that maybe all of your conditions together might disable you; therefore, you were sent for exams to clarify your back and hearing conditions.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • tracie says:

        Hi Kay, I applied for ssd and ssi on Feb 17th 2015 for severe neck/back/bone problems, when I filled out paperwork I had to explain my medications for menopause associated “brain fog”, exacerbation of add and short term memory problems as well as meds given in 2014 for work enduced stress related anxiety. I have numerous dx related to neck including disloation, ddd, anomaly of foramen magnum, herniation of cerebellar tonsils, herniated and bulging disk, spondylosis, cervical pinched nerves, numbness and loss of use of fingers on both hands, left upper arm/shoulder, have cord deviated at T11-12 with spurs/hemangioma/loss of ht/of thoracic and lumbar spine, severe kyphosis and hump, soliosis, osteoporosis since age 28 in spine and left hip-continuous treatment, test for back, neck and hip for 11 years-suffered neck injury in July 2014 which left me with severe neck pain, move my whole upper body rather than turn head, constantly drop things, fingers don’t work for 1st half of day and intermittent severe headaches and skull pain at the bottom-today I was sent for a “mental exam” and it took 1 hour 20 mins-had memory test, mental status exam and the examiner was very kind and nice, even suggested I see my doc for executive function and organization help and rule out the early onset of dementia…….what does this all mean or have to do with my neck? The state vocational rehab person excused me from some clini to assess what other types of work I can do due to her opinion being that I was unable to do any type of work……….any information in this very confusing process would be greatly appreciated. Have a blessed week, Tracie

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Tracie,

          If you have not submitted the records from the state vocational rehabilitation assessment, you should do so right away. I can’t say for sure why the mental exam was ordered. It could be that the evidence in the claim file does not support disability due to your physical conditions or it could be that your claim is being approved and, because you reported mental issues, you were sent for a cognitive exam to see whether you are capable of managing your benefits or need a representative payee.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Michelle says:

        Hi Kay,
        I have sent in all my son medical records for his disability. He has an iep, has adhd bipolar, and borderline schizophrenia; but they still sent him to a consultative exam. Why? Im lost…my dds examiner said his medical paperwork from his previous doctor has a nurse practitioner signature instead of a doctor signature. He has been hospitalized and everything. They got info from his school. Are they silently trying to deny his case. And his doctor appt is July 25…pass a 120 days. Please help, and thank you in advance for your advice.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Michelle,

          If your son had a physician, not a nurse practitioner, you might see if the physician will sign off on the paperwork that was signed by the nurse practitioner; that might eliminate the need for a consultative examination.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Pam says:

      I have severe copd,chronic pain,anxiety and depression, degenerative disc disease, renal blockage,arthritis,high blood pressure my first initial application was denied but not much medical evidence was sent so I did appeal and apply for reconsideration and took it upon my self to get alot of medical evidence which included mri results xrays spirometer testing a letter from my doctor with all my diagnosis and treatment and he also stated I was unable to work the doctor they sent me to on first initial application confirmed anxiety and depression but within 2 weeks of applying for reconsideration they sent me a letter along with a form authorization to disclose information why would I get that when I sent in all medical evidence and why so fast(within 2 weeks)is this a bad sign

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Pam,

        Every claim and appeal requires that you sign an authorization for Social Security to obtain information. It is routine. That said, it is possible that the Administration wants to contact one of your doctors for clarification or expanded information.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  19. Trena says:

    Hi, I have a 7 year old son who was recently diagnosed with Intermittent Explosive Disorder as well as Specific Learning Disability in reading and Specific Learning Disability in writing. He does struggle daily with school. He is violent at home with his siblings and with myself and his dad. My question is should we apply for benefits or is it a waste of time? He was seeing a behavior specialist weekly for 4 months and she graduated so we are looking for another now. He was in preschool for 2 years, and Kindergarten for 2 years and is barely at a kindergarten level for reading and writing. Thank you for your time.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Trena,

      Your child might qualify medically for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits. He will also have to qualify financially by his family having income and assets below SSI limits. You can file for SSI at a Social Security office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  20. renee says:

    Thanks Kay, as of today no monies have been released. The note still says ssi payment pending. ( Feb 2015). Does that mean I’m approved for ssi and not ssdi? I applied for ssdi , ssi was suggested by my as case manager. Confused

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Renee,

      You could be approved for both if you did not receive a Social Security Disability (SSDI) denial letter. SSI is paid first. Then Social Security is paid, reduced by the amount of SSI paid for the same months.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  21. Marie says:

    Hi Kay,
    I forgot to put that I applied for ssdi on 4/16/15 and I called the local ss office today and the lady I talked with said I was deinded. Said I was listed in the blue book..She did not sound so sure. I have read through your post and it is very informative. Any in put from you will be greatly appericated. I applied on my own.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Marie,

      Please see my response to your prior posting. For you to qualify based on a condition listed in the Blue Book, you must have the condition and the clinical or test findings listed along with the diagnosis. If you do, in fact, have the severity indicated by the required findings, that will be a good basis for appeal. You might also show the Blue Book to your physician and have the physician write a letter confirming your condition matches the Blue Book description.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  22. Marie says:

    Hi Kay,
    I stopped working 3/3/15. I am 54 years old have worked for the last 39 years nonstop. March 2013 I was diagnois with right breast cancer and june 2013 underwent a central partial mastectomy with sentinel lymph node for invasive carcinoma. I completed chemo 09/18/13 with the first treatment sending me to the hospital for 5 days neutropenia, colitis. I completed radaiton 11/18/13. I developed neuropathy of the hands and feets and have fine motor involvement in my hands also developed disc disease in my back..I went to physical therapy and also had epidural injections. I take gabapentin 300mg 3x daily and Norco, ipburfeon and a inhaler daily. I also have numberous chronic reactive airway disease, generalized osteoarthritis. I can not walk, stand, bend, twist, reach ect without being in unbearable pain. Oncology, breast surgreon and medical doctor says I have become functionall disabled. for over 15 years I have worked in a mortgage loan center. 10 years I did bank teller and cashier jobs. I called the ss office in florida today and the lady told me I was deined because I did not meet the rule. So what do I do now. I know I can not do any of my previous jobs….Please help me.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Marie,

      When you get the denial letter, get an attorney and appeal. It could also be helpful to request a copy of your claim file so you can see the exact reasons your claim was denied. You can reach a Social Security attorney by completing the Free Benefit Evaluation form on the website and by clicking on the red “free evaluation” button. 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 the retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free. Note that if you don’t receive the letter within two weeks, request a duplicate letter. (You have sixty days from the date of the letter to appeal.)

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  23. renee says:

    Hi Kay, I’m Renee, I’m 60 yrs. old I have crohns, diabetic, high blood pressure bi polar and anxiety. I applied Feb 12, 2015. I went to CE mental appt on 6/4/15. I checked SSA status and no decision has been made. I’ve worked since age 16. Applied for SSSI, SSA casemanger said my income was low and applied for ssi also. My disability onset date is 1/4/13. What’s next for me?

    • renee says:

      Renee again, I meant ssdi ( not SSSI) also, my application date was 12/12/14. My first contact from SSA was Feb 2015. Okay I think that s it. Nervous about process, one more thing low income because I only worked part time for 10 yrs because of crohns.

      • renee says:

        Hi Kay, I just checked my bank balance and there is a note stating ssi payment pending. Dated Feb 2015, what do that mean? Thanks, Renee

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Renee,

          It means that your bank received an SSI payment and it will be available for your use after an overnight computer run on the night of the next business day after it was shown as pending.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Renee,

        Please see my response to your previous post.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Renee,

      You need to wait for a decision. If you are denied, I suggest that you request a copy of your claim file so that you can review the decision memo and the exact reasons for the denial. If you disagree, file and appeal with legal assistance. You can obtain a knowledgeable Social Security attorney by completing the online form on this page to request a free Benefits Evaluation from Disability Advisor. 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 the retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  24. jimmy says:

    Hi Kay do you have to use canes in order to be approved for SSDI if you have osteoarthritis in the hip and you need a total hip replacement even thought you cant do your job ? I know in the SSDI blue book you must use walking aids. but you have medical records supporting your disability. Thank you !!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jimmy,

      The Blue Book contains a list of medical conditions and signs of severity that allow approval for benefits without evaluation of your past work history. It is possible to be approved for Social Security Disability even if you do not meet the criteria in the Blue Book. More information about the five-step disability evaluation process can be found in the article “How Does the Social Security Administration Apply Social Security Disability Laws to Determine If I Am Disabled?” under the Claim Process tab on the top navigation bar of this website.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  25. V. L. says:

    Thank you so much Kay.

  26. V. L. says:

    Hi Kay, i filed a new claim on march 16, 2015 after being denied 5 times, ssd sent me to their mental doc ion may 4, I called them today and they said it was still pending, they said my case was closed on may 20th. and I will be getting an approval letter. Do you think that, i would be approved or denied.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear V.L.,

      If you were told you would get an approval letter, your claim has been approved.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  27. ARTY says:

    Hello,
    First of all, I am considered 100% disabled per VA. I suffer from PTSD, RA, and some knee pain. I originally applied for SSDI in 2013, hired a lawyer and got denied after appealing the SS judge’s decision. In March of 2015 staying within the time frame I reapplied and now I am at the determining decision stage. I recently got a letter from SS stating they need “a special medical examination”. What does this mean?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Arty,

      You are being asked to attend a consultative examination so that Social Security can gather more information about your condition(s). It is important that you attend the exam; if you do not, your claim may be denied.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  28. Jon says:

    I am a 80% service connected veterern for Bipolar,GERD, and chronic ankle sprain. I submitted my military medical records along with my VA documents of when ive seen my PCD And my pill doc. I also submitted my letter of 80% approval from the va which lists their reasonings for the decision. Also my mom wrote a letter stating the same thingI am unable to work more than 5 hours per week due to my bipolar/anxiety which it clearly states in my medical records. I throw up 3X per week due to the GERD/anxiety which also states in my record. I Applied for SSD 3 months ago and spoke with my case examiner today he said my claim is in the last stage just waiting to be signed off by the SSD Doctor. Is there any info you could give me on wether or not you think ill be approved or denied? I feel i have sufficient evidence to be approved but i dont want to assume. Also when they make a determination how long does it take to get the approval/denial letter in the mail? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jon,

      Social Security and Veterans disability laws are different. Eligibility for one does not necessarily mean eligibility for the other. I cannot predict whether you will be approved or denied. After the decision is finalized, you should receive a letter within about ten days.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  29. jimmy says:

    Hi Kay
    when you go see the SSDI doctor’s, are they impartial ?? do they care one way or another ?? because the examine is not that detailed. and they only see you for 15 or 20 minutes which is not enough time to do a detailed examine.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jimmy,

      The physicians who do consultative examinations are intended to be impartial. Usually, they are instructed to evaluate and answer questions about some specific condition, not all your conditions. However, when at a consultative exam, if you think issues are not being addressed, you should bring them up at that time.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  30. Gina says:

    Filed for SSI benefits since November 2014, been out of work for disability retirement seen August 2013 due severe back pain, atheritis in the arms legs , back and shoulder,
    degenerative joint disease and shown MRI. When I applied forSSI benefits, I was told they would obtain my medical record directly from my doctor and I should not send. My pain doctor said he was not contacted, my primary doctor forwarded completed medical information as requested but did not attach test result, now SSA is referring me to their doctor for physical exam due to insufficient medical information this will be on June 2015 after 7 months has elapsed, very frustrating long process, my small disability retirement cannot help with medical bills and treatment
    I was asked to bring all my medication to the
    exam. Do you think I should also forward my MRI test result? O have a strong feeling they did not receive it hence the are sending me to their CE.

    • Gina says:

      I am 57yesrs old and worked in same kon for over 16year before my disability retirement on 2013

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Gina,

      Yes, you should send your MRI and your pain management doctor’s records as well. I suggest that you also get a list of what the claims examiner has in case something else is also missing. Let the examiner know you will be submitting the records and want them considered.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  31. jimmy says:

    Hi Kay,
    They just requested my records for my Hip, which is like 70 pages long. I’m hoping everything I told you before that I get approved !! Thanks again !!!

  32. melissa reed says:

    My question is my husband went to the medical doctor requested by ssd
    and at the end of his exam the doctor wanted xrays of his hand and his neck, when the doctor came back into the exam room he told my husband that ssd denied the xrays, saying they had enough information on the claim already. Does that sound good or bad for his case? or anybody reading this have any input please reply thank you…..

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Melissa,

      The only explanation I can think of is that right about the time of the exam date the claims examiner received additional information that was sufficient to make a decision and didn’t get to cancelling the exam in time. That could, but does not necessarily, mean that your husband’s claim is being approved.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  33. jimmy says:

    Hi Kay, I agree with Dave. I went to see SSDI doctor yesterday for my back. I put down on the paper about my hip (THR) and shoulder, did almost the same test as Dave. she asked me to touch my toes and I told her I cant, she asked me to squat and I told her I cant. I told her I cant put on my own shoes and socks. now I’m worried what she might put down on paper. she also, what I thought was going to hit me in my knees with the little hammer instead she touch my knees where my legs didn’t even move ! and took an xray of my back which cant really show much. When I left I was like what kind of test was that!! now I don’t know after seeing what Dave said.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jimmy,

      You will just have to wait to see the outcome of your claim. If you are denied and want to appeal, you can request a copy of your claim file, which will have a copy of the consultative examination report in it. If you appeal, it could help to have an attorney present your case. 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 the retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  34. Kate says:

    I am a 61 yr. old with severe carpal tunnel in both hands as well as severe basal joint arthritis both hands. I have had surgery on both hands for the carpal tunnel as it was causing my arms to go numb as well as my hands. The basal joint arthritis causes severe pain in my hands and wrists as well as swelling and weakness. In the last year it has become impossible to perform everyday tasks such as opening a door, typing or any other functions that call for the use of fine motor coordination. I also have a history of severe panic/anxiety disorders for which I have been and currently under the care of a doctor. The orthopedic doctor almost threw me out of his office when I said I was filing for my social security early and he stated he would NOT support any claim in any way towards my claim. However, my medical records will support what I have stated on my claim as I have had surgeries, x-rays, nerve conduction tests, etc., prior to the surgeries. I am using a disability company who filed my claim in February and I have completed in a timely manner all paperwork requested by the DDS. Today, I received a letter from the Senior Claims Adjudicator of DDS, stating the SSA was requesting a CE prior to a decision being made with regards to my claim. The doctor is a general physician not an orthopedic doctor. I will go for the CE but what is the best way to prepare when I don’t know exactly what the purpose of the exam is? Also, based on your experience does this indicate that the CE is just to deny my claim and close the file or, hopefully, possibly an approval. Any advice or insight is greatly appreciated.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kate,

      First of all, consult with the company that is representing your about your questions and about the suggestions I offer; then follow their advice.

      You describe conflicting evidence in your records–tests and surgical reports that show significant conditions and your doctor’s opinion that you are not disabled. The exam is likely to get more clarity about your condition. Tell the truth at the exam. I suggest that, even if the exam doesn’t focus on your hands, you tell the doctor that the primary reason you can’t work is your inability to perform manual tasks and describe things you can’t do or can do for only a short period of time.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  35. Dave says:

    Dear Kay,

    I wrote in on May 13, 2015. I was not expecting a response from you since I really didn’t have a question. I was just frustrated by the way the SSI department made so many things appear one sided in their favor when they shouldn’t have and was looking to get some of it off my chest.
    I thank you though for taking your time to give me advice when I was not expecting anyone to help. This FCE test………is that the test that SSI sent me to? The independent doctor?

    If so, I didn’t realize that I had the option of asking for one myself and paying someone for it. I assume that you don’t ask permission from them to do this test?
    You just do it before you file and have the results ready to submit when you do file. Is that correct?

    Aside from that, I’m a little confused about refiling. You stated that I can only refile for the same things as last time if there were records that were not admitted then. All records were admitted, just not the important facts of how long I can stand or walk or sit.
    You can’t convince them what level of pain you have. Secretly you wish the deciding judge could feel it for a day then he might be more agreeable to your case.
    I could rule that YOU might have a killer headache but I don’t, and i don’t feel your pain………I’m gonna go watch tv. NEXT!

    I tried to rationalize with them at the hearing. I asked how can I work my old job as you have just stated when my job involves standing for over 8 hours every day.
    Didn’t matter how much that made sense. They just looked at me as if to say……
    Nah! Next please………….

    Daily activities take me three times the amount of time neededfor someone without my condition. I guess they saw this as acceptable.
    I Agree, it IS acceptable. For chores around the house and such.

    But not for work!

    Who will let me have 10 min breaks everytime I reach my pain limit?
    I don’t have a way to make a living.
    They wouldn’t budge. In one ear and out the other.

    I didn’t say this out loud to the judge but I did think this during the hearing. “Why don’t you give me the benefits that SSI approved for the one guy that is scamming and cheating the system. Why can’t I have HIS instead.

    I understand they need to make sure they don’t hand out money unwisely but I really think that fraud is one of the reasons they are reluctant to just dish out funds.
    If my claim had happened 20 years ago, I might have been approved.

    Now, I’m just nervous about my selection to Jury duty yesterday. I asked to be dismissed but was denied. Now I have to hope I’m not chosen.

    Not only can I not stand in place and wait in line, I won’t be able to be sitting for hours at a trial. I’m screwed for that now. I can’t help thinking that someone’s guilt or innocence would be in question because I can’t concentrate on anything but how to stop my pain.

    I will look into the FCE test . Maybe I can borrow the money. Even though it’s one appointment, it’s not something I can afford as I have been in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy since July of 2013.

    You know, as bad as things are for me…….there’s no way to go but up.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Dave,

      I doubt that the independent examination you went to was a functional capacities evaluation (FCE), which can be several hours long. You are asked to perform certain movements and activities to see how much you can tolerate. You do not have to request permission from the Social Security Administration to get an FCE examine or to submit it with your appeal.

      As far as jury duty goes, if you are questioned by an attorney or the judge about anything, you can answer the question and add that you are, however, concerned about being able to pay good attention because you have high pain levels after sitting x length of time.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  36. Dave says:

    I applied for SSI in 2010. I have been turned down 3 times, even with the help of attorneys. The doctor they send you to for an “independent” appointment is a waste of time and useless. I have degenerative discs in my back that give me severe cramping from my waste to my ankles in both legs. My pain will reach it’s highest level with only 10 min of standing still in one spot, 20 minutes of walking or 45 minutes of sitting at a 90 degree angle.

    Nothing can relieve the pain except for lying prone for about 10 min. Then I’m good to go again for those short times. What employer would hire someone that needed to do that during the work day?

    My independent doctor completely ignored any tests that had to do with my complaint. Instead, he performed this test:
    He had me sit down on the table with my legs hanging over. I was asked to extend my arms. He put his hands on top of mine and asked me to push up while he pushed down. Then I was to push down on his hands that were pushing up from underneath.
    Similar to my arms test, he held me by my ankles and told me to move my legs forward and backwards with him providing resistance. After the test, I was excused to go home.

    The finding listed on my claim denial from the APPEAL COUNCIL: independent doctor has determined that you have full range in all limbs and with movement and we have determined that you are not disabled and are able to perform the same job that you did before you stopped working .

    Can you imagine if your complaint was that you couldn’t turn your neck at all and he did the same test?
    It had nothing to do with the symptoms I was experiencing in my legs from the slipped disc and never were that issue discussed. It’s as if he was just going through the motions to turn in his report so he could collect his fee from SSI.

    Do you know what else is bad? Watch what you admit or say to a physician. It may end up misinterpreted or misunderstood and put in writing , which will be turned in to the SSI judges. I told my doctor that because I was permanently laid off in 2007, I couldn’t t pay for the 2 surgeries that I needed that might make me better. Even though I have insurance through my wife’s job, the total cost on my end for both will be almost $2,000. What was in the letter to me from the APPEALS COUNCIL that helped determine my denial for benefits?
    “The claimant claims he has medical insurance but yet he REFUSES to have the surgeries.”

    I NEVER said that. He decided on his own to word it like that. Thanks for nothing.
    Two doctors may have joined together to get my claim denied. I was doomed from the start and didn’t even know it.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Dave,

      You can apply again claiming a later date of disability but one before you were last insured. The new claim would only be viable if have some medical records from back then that were not originally submitted. If your family’s income and assets are low enough for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you only have to prove you are disabled now. Is it possible to scrape together the money for a functional capacities evaluation (FCE) at your own expense or arrange to pay for it on time? An FCE is usually done by a physiatrist (MD specialist) or an occupational health center. Ask that the FCE be thorough enough to evaluate how long you can stand, walk, sit, explaining that your severe symptoms show up after the time frames you mentined. (There is no requirement to have a surgical procedure. Probably the Appeals Council took not getting the surgery as a sign your condition wasn’t “that bad.”)

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  37. jimmy says:

    Hi Kay,
    I also received notice to make an appointment for a hearing test due to the fact of hearing loss and constant ringing in my ears why not see a doctor about my hip ??? unless that is coming. Thank you once again !!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jimmy,

      If the information from the hearing test is enough to approve your claim, you will not be sent for a consultative examination for your hip. Similarly, if your claim file has enough information about your hip to make the limitations from it clear, you will not be sent for an exam of your hip.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  38. jimmy says:

    Hi Kay,
    I also received a letter from SSA a fee petition letter or a fee agreement letter I guess incase I receive SSDI how much fee’s can be charged.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jimmy,

      The usual amount is 25% of back pay or $6,000 per benefit, whichever is lower. However, an attorney can petition for a higher amount explaining why it should be higher. It is up to Social Security to decide whether higher amount will be approved. You do not say what the letter says, but if you do not understand it, I suggest that you go to the Social Security Administration and have the letter explained to you. If you disagree with anything, ask what your rights are.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  39. jimmy says:

    Hi Kay,
    or is that something everyone receives ?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jimmy,

      Anyone who has appointed a representative could receive an SSA-1695 to complete.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  40. jimmy says:

    Hi Kay
    I just received a letter from SSA telling me they processed the form SSA-1695 identifying information for possible direct payment of authorized fees for me. does that mean anything??

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jimmy,

      The SSA-1695 is a form agreeing to have representative fees paid directly to your representative if your claim is approved.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  41. Johnny says:

    Hi Kaye,

    I have applied for SSI disability. My sister has been assisting me with my mortgage and other household expenses since I am unable to work but has already indicated that she simply cannot afford to continue. She has also told me that she wants the money paid back as soon as I am able to do so. My question is if I am approved for benefits how does SSI view my sister’s help and will they reduce the amount of any back pay that I may be eligible for? Will they use my back pay to pay my sister back directly? Can you please explain to me how SSI views a family member helping me meet my household expenses. Also, I had posted a question to you regarding the two CE appointments that SSA had requested , but I could not find the post containing my question or your reply. Can you tell me where to find this? Thank you. Johnny

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Johnny,

      Any money your sister has given you to cover expenses is income. Any mortgage, utilities, or food she bought for you directly is in-kind (non-cash) support and maintenance and counts as income; however the maximum charged per month for in-kind support and maintenance is $264 regardless of the actual amount.

      There is an exception to these rules, which is that the monetary help money received is a bonafide loan, it is not counted as income. If you are really obliged to repay your sister, she can write a statement that all the assistance she has given you was a loan to be repaid when you received disability benefits. You can then submit the statement and the itemization of what you owe, which presumably sister has kept, to the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSA will not pay your sister directly, but they may require proof that you have repaid her once you get your back pay. If the back pay is not enough to repay her entirely, you may have to set up a monthly payment plan with her for the balance and continue to provide proof of ongoing repayment.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  42. Johnny says:

    Hi Kay,

    Thank you for your advice concerning my previous message. I believe I stated in that same message that I was scheduled to go to two CE appointments, one for vision and the other is for a Psychological evaluation. Well, I just completed my vision exam and the optometrist told me that my peripheral vision (visual field loss) was severe enough to qualify under SSA section 2.00 Special Senses and Speech, 2.03 Contraction of the visual field in the better eye with a visual field efficiency of 20 percent or less, determined by kinetic perimetry. Given that this is the case, is it realistic to assume that since one of my conditions has already met a listing that there would be no further need for additional CE exams and that my Psychological evaluation would be cancelled? I would greatly appreciate your thoughts concerning this matter. Thank you. Johnny

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Johnny,

      I responded to you on April 17 under the question, “When applying for disability benefits will I have to see a Social Security doctor?”

      If you posted other later inquiries, I do not see them.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  43. jimmy says:

    Hi Kay, I was a HVAC mechanic and do a lot of work in ceilings crawling bending in tight spaces, and up and down ladders. carry equipment and tools. and thank you so much for your service !! you help a lot of people here !!!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jimmy,

      With that work background and the other information you provided, I would think you would be approved. If you are not, you should appeal with the help of an attorney. 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 the retroactive award at the time it sends your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  44. renee says:

    dear kay..i am already getting disability for mental disorders..my question is..i am no longer seeing the psychiatrist i was seeing, now i cant find another one, it’s very difficult i have found out..can you see a medical doctor who knows your issues and has prescribed my meds. before and recently for mental disorders instead of a psychiatrist, without an issue with the ssa?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Renee,

      Social Security prefers treatment by an appropriate specialist, especially in mental health claims. If you decide to get your treatment from a general practitioner, it would be a good idea to also see a therapist for counseling to accompany the medication treatment. If your claim is reviewed to investigate whether you continue to be disabled, be sure to explain why you are not seeing a psychiatrist.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  45. jimmy says:

    I have Osteoarthritis in the left hip. and my orthopedic surgeon said I will no longer be able to do my job.

  46. jimmy says:

    same job for 28 years sorry

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jimmy,

      See my response of a moment ago. With twenty-eight years of work in the same occupation, you are likely to be approved if it is expected that you will not be able to return to that occupation within twelve months of stopping. Be sure that Social Security knows that you are receiving workers comp so that your benefits can be calculated correctly if you are approved.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  47. jimmy says:

    Hi Kay,
    I was hurt on the job and now out on comp, I need a THR and torn labrum in my left hip, I’ve been seeing my comp doctor every month for over a year the last 4 months been out of work due to the fact I have a hard time walking and bending and sitting for any period of time I have MRI reports showing my problems both my doctor and comp doctor agrees I need a hip replacement. I filed for ssdi and now have to see there doctor. I had all my c4 reports for over a year. I cant even put on my socks or shoes, why do I still have to see there doctor and what do you think about approval, I am 50 and been at the same job for 12 years and only have a 9th grade education. Thank you for your help !

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jimmy,

      Your claim may be approved if you can’t do the job in which you got hurt (you do not say what it was) and have not done other lighter work in the past that is within your capabilities. I don’t know why you are being asked to see a doctor. I suggest that you call the claims examiner to be sure that he or she has all the medical records you think should be in your claim file. Have a list of docs, date ranges, and tests and dates ready so you can ask whether those specific records have been received.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  48. sharon says:

    Thank you Kay for your response I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will be good news and the letter will come soon….

  49. debbie says:

    Hi my husband went on sdi in march of 2014 for his back after maNY procedures and tests he had surgery on March of 2015 by this time the sdi ran out. He applied for ssdi in Jan of 2015 and received a packet asking about his detailed work history and we have not heard anything since. They did tell him they have til the end of may which is in a month to make a decision. When I check the online site it just says it’s in the medical portion. He has never been asked to go to ss doctor. Is this a good or bad sign?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Debbie,

      Decisions on new claims are running two to five months. If your husband’s medical records contain enough information to make a decision one way or the other, he will not be sent to a consultative examination. You can call the Disability Determination Services (DDS) of your state, which is contracted to make Social Security’s disability decisions and ask whether there is anything they are waiting for that you could help get.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  50. sharon says:

    Hi Kay
    I applied for my benefits January 2014 i got a letter from my adj in april of 2014 stating that they had not received my medical info from my DR i called Dr office and gave message called adj back and left message for him he called me back to inform me that he did receive medical info and i do not have to see one of there Dr. and i should receive a letter in three weeks regarding a decision is this a good thing?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sharon,

      It is good that you are moving toward getting a decision; it is not possible to know whether your claim will be approved or denied.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  51. thenita says:

    I have ms. Just been recently dignosed last November. I have being having. Some problems. I’m am 38yrs ole. I signed. I also have diabetes. I seen one of there doc and now they want. Me to see another I’m I to young to get ssd. Will I be denied

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Thenita,

      If you are unable to work for at least twelve months in any occupation that you could perform if you did not have medical limitations, your claim will be approved.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  52. Johnny says:

    Hi Kay,

    I have severe Trigemina Neuralgia (suicide disease), degenerative joint disease in both knees, chronic pain and depression and permanent numbness in my ankle and foot due a nerve injury resulting from surgery. I had originally applied for SSI on 11/2013 due to Trigeminal Neuralga but was assured by my neurologist that CyberKnife brain radiation would relieve pain so I dropped my disability case. Brain radiation was not successful and now I have horrific migraines and vision problems in addition to the previous problems. In 2013, the doctor who performed the leg surgery (who also caused the nerve injury) filled out a request to be relieved of jury service for me stating that I had pain and numbness in my ankle and foot which would likely be permanent due to the amount of time that had already passed since my surgery. I had also asked this same doctor to fill out an RFC form and I think he was afraid of a lawsuit so he stated that I was able to do everything 100%. Well, I filed a new SSI claim on 2/2/2015 and since I included the right ankle/foot pain and numbness as one of my problems, I felt I also had to include the RFC report along with all of the other medical records as I assumed that the examiner would probably discover it anyway. My question is simply how much weight do you feel that the examiner will put on this one doctor’s RFC form from 2013? The nerve injury is stated on the RFC, so do you think the examiner may realize what the doctor was afraid of? …or am I simply reaching here? Should I attempt to discount it some how? I must also add that I did not have any recent additional RFC’s from any other doctors. My neurologist stated she did not complete RFC reports but that I could certainly use all of her file notes and my PCP also stated that he does not prepare RFC reports. How much does this hurt me and is there some way to discount the doctor’s damaging RFC report? I am currently on state insurance and do not have the luxury of changing doctors. Also, I received two letters from SSI for a vision test and also for a Psychological evaluation…but no physical evaluation. Does this sound as though they may have discounted all of my physical disabilities due to the RFC report from 2013? Kindly advise. Thank you. Johnny.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Johnny,

      It seems advisable to address the RFC with a written statement. If the RFC of 2013 was done without a thorough examination by the doctor who completed it, you could state that. You could also make the statement that you suspect the doctor was worried about being sued for malpractice when he completed the RFC because the same year he had written a letter excusing you from jury duty due to severe pain and the two statements are conflicting.

      If you are denied, request from Social Security a complete copy of your claim file and appeal with the help of an experienced Social Security attorney. 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 the retroactive award at the time it sends your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  53. Norman says:

    just one other thing Kay, I had a bad RFC because I did not ask to be assessed.could this be seriously detrimental, because it sounds horrible to me. but I explained I didn’t ask for an assessment and it was my fault for not doing so. I should have. I just get so confused sometimes. thank you for your feedback Kay. it is really appreciated.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Norman,

      I’m not sure what impact the RFC and your explanation to the judge will have on the decision. If you are denied and continue to appeal, I suggest that you get attorney representation to help you with the appeal.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  54. Norman says:

    Kay, unfortunately, part way through the questions regarding my physical impairments I had a flashback and lost it and was not very responsive for a few minutes. I had no control over it. After that, I think I answered a few questions ok but I got very confused and could not really address the questions nearly as well as I should have been able to. The ALJ and asked many questions, and I wanted to answer them properly and accurately, but I cannot remember what I said. At the end he asked if we had anything else to offer. could that imply he was already thinking and negative decision? Also, when I call the representative she said the ALJ had made a decision and it went to the writers. can we read anything into what I just said as to what potential outcome?I was totally confused and scared. Thanks Kay.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Norman,

      The judge asked you if you had anything else to add to be sure that you had an opportunity to present all the information and evidence that you wanted to. It is normal workflow for the decision to go to the writers department for letter preparation. At this point, there is no way to know whether your claim will be approved.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  55. Norman says:

    Hello Kay, I had my hearing February 10, 2015. I suffer from multiple physical problems including stenosis, DDD, DJD, more. and PTSD from an attack and more. The ALJ didn’t ask me about the PTSD, only physical issues. If it is because of adequate documentation, why not stop and approve me on that instead of continuing w/physical q’s? Called SS and rep said it wasn’t “closed yet.” Is this terminology significant? What was she trying to say?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Norman,

      The hearing appeal not being “closed” means the decision is not complete. I suggest that you call the hearing office to get a more specific update. It is possible that the judge thought there was enough information on the PTSD and that it was not disabling in and of itself but perhaps in combination with the physical issues, it might be.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  56. Sarah says:

    In 2010 I filed for SSI Disability due to Fibromyaglia, Degenerated Disc Disorder, Chronic Migraines, Chronic Headaches, Polycystic Ovarina Syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis I had over 10 years of medical history and I was denied, I refiled and they are now sending me to a doctor for lack of medical history what are my chances this time for approval by the way I am 37 years old now

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sarah,

      I cannot predict whether or not you will be approved. If you are denied request a copy of your claim file so you can see which of your medical history records are in file and the exact reasons for the denial as written in the decision memo. Also secure a Social Security attorney. 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 the retroactive award at the time it sends your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  57. Barry Wielos says:

    I went to a medical examiner, and he was very professional. I brought in my medical history from my cardiologist. I also sent copies to my disability handler. Now he requested a second exam. Is that a promising sign?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Barry,

      A second examination for a different physical condition or a more detailed examination of the first condition would indicate that the evidence in your claim file including the consultative examination report is not sufficient as yet for the claims examiner to approve your claim. That said, your claim still has the possibility of being approved as long as it is still being investigated.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  58. Cassandra says:

    Hi I am 26 and have bipolar disorder. I applied for disability in January 2015, they’ve been really consistent with sending me paperwork to fill out and calling me for information since then. Yesterday they sent me to see one of their psychologists. After the exam, the doctor told me that he agrees with my diagnosis and that he doesn’t think there’s any way I could work and he will write up his report saying so and send it to the ss office. My question is what is the next step and is this a good sign? How much faith does social security put in these exams they send people to? Their opinions, I mean. I have a long history of hospitalizations sometimes almost for a month at a time and several times a year. Also will social security be getting those hospital records? I put down all 8 of them on my application. Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Cassandra,

      The consulting physician’s strong statements regarding your inability to work will be helpful to your claim. Social Security probably will not get the full hospital records; they might get the admission and discharge summaries. You can ask the examiner who asked you to go to the consultative examination whether or not they have gotten any hospital records. If not and your claim is denied, you can get a copy of the admit and discharge summaries and any psychological testing done while you were hospitalized and submit the records with your appeal. If you have to appeal, it would be a good idea to get legal assistance. 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 the retroactive award at the time it sends your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  59. bryan says:

    I had my psychological CE last week Monday. Today I get a letter that they want blood work. Anybody know why they would want that? My claim is Mental.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Bryan,

      You can ask the claims examiner what is being tested; however, it is possible that the mental exam did not support disability and your medical record mentions a condition that could be verified with a blood test. It is also possible that the request was a mistake.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  60. Brittany says:

    Hello, I just had a question about the initial application process. My husband applied for SSI in 2012 and after being denied, going to a hearing and then the appeals council, it was denied by the appeals council on 2/20/15. He reapplied in 3/6/15, but this time we have all current medical records, something that we did not have for the previous application. My question is, can social security deny someone without a consultative exam? My husband has long term medical records (since childhood) of Bipolar Disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, and learning disabilities, but the claims worker at DDS insists that they don’t need any “old” medical records (hundred of pages from 1998-2010). She said they will only consider records dating back to 2012, which as I stated, he DOES have, but i’m not sure if those records in them self will be enough for him to be approved. I have heard the CE is mostly used to deny a claim because of “lack” of recent medical records. My husband has been to the doctor less than 60 days before the application date, so they have recent records. Can they still deny him at this point without a CE appointment? Thank you for your time.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Brittany,

      Yes, a claim can be denied without a consultative examination. A consultative examination is ordered only if there is insufficient information to make an approval or denial decision. An exam could be ordered if your husband’s doctor’s notes are insufficient to determine your husband’s limitations and restrictions or the exam might be to determine whether he is capable of managing his benefits himself if he is approved.

      SSI benefits are effective with the month following the month of application so medical history for three years before (back to 2012) is adequate to obtain background for your husband’s current condition. Earlier medical records would likely only help if they contained something like a brain scan that showed permanent physiological damage to the brain or some other test that had not been repeated recently and that revealed a permanent condition.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Brittany says:

        Kay,

        thank you very much for the response. My husband’s treating doctor is supportive of his disability claim based on my husband’s history and his own assessments he has done on my husband. I have a feeling that my husband will definitely be sent for a CE, because I have copies of all his records and nothing really addresses the requirements of the social security blue book directly. My question now is, if we are able to get his treating doctor to do the CE, how strongly will social security consider his opinion? The CE that he got done for his previous application (2012) was a one time evaluation with a doctor that he has never seen before and was set up by social security. The doctor who performed the tests confirmed all of my husbands conditions and also added that he felt he had signs of asbergers syndrome. When this was brought up to social security, and in his denial letter, they completely discredited this doctor saying that it was a one time evaluation based on my husbands “word” essentially. I have taken the past 2 years while waiting at the appeals council to familiarize myself with all of the social security laws and such, so I’m very aware of the whole process. There is just small stipulations like this one that confuse me, that i’m hoping you can give me a better answer to.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Brittany,

          In some circumstances, the attending physician will be authorized to do a focused examination at the request of Social Security if there is no other physician in the georgraphic area qualified to perform the examination, but it is rare. I do not know the exact process of requesting this. If your husband has an attorney, he might consult with the attorney.

          As an aside, a person can be approved for benefits without a condition that meets the listings in the “Blue Boo.” He can be approved if he has limitations that keep him from performing occupations he has performed in the past and if he is a younger worker (loosely defined as age fifty), any other occupation for which he has the education, training, or transferable skills to perform.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Brittany says:

            Hi Kay, I’m not sure if I can post this here as it does not relate to the consultative exam, but this is the only way I know of contacting you.. We called Social Security yesterday and to our GREAT surprise, my husband had a favorable decision on the 28th! We are extremely pleased considering it took less than 2 months at the initial application to get this news, with no CE! My question now is, will they send out an award letter immediately or will he have to do a PERC interview first? I read that the PERC interview is necessary for all favorable SSI decisions, but i’m just not sure if we will get some kind of verification in the mail of this decision before that interview.. Thank you for any help in advance!

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Brittany,

            Your husband may not be called in for an interview because his claim pended for a short period of time. If his or your income or your living arrangements have changed since he applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your husband should contact Social Security saying that he has been medically approved and he has a change he wants to report before the first payment goes out. If no interview is required, he will just get a letter of approval with payment amounts listed. If they want an update, they will either call him or send him a letter requesting he attend an appointment.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  61. tee tee says:

    I applied for ssi for my 6yr.old son in 2013 and was denide so i appealed it and Applied 2014 it was for bahavorial problems took him to the doctor they said He has adhd gave him medication
    Went to appointment ss sent me a letter like 10months after saying im Waiting for a hearing with the judgenow just recieved a letter today saying that they scheduled aconsultative examination what does that mean and would he be approved this time.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tee Tee,

      I cannot predict whether or not your son will be approved. The consultative examination is to have your son examined and to get a second medical opinion or updated medical information on your son’s current condition. Be sure that your son attends the exam.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  62. karen says:

    I have just filed for disability. How do ss when you have several things wrong? I am totally blind in my left eye, depression and anxiety disorders, a herniated disc in the right side of my neck( I am in traction 5 times a day for 20 minutes, I have a hiatal hernia and GERD, sleep apnea. while propably any one of these might alone not be disabling, but all together, I have chronic pain, cant lift 10 pounds. Do they look at all the medical and physical, and mental problems as a whole? What do you think my chances are? I do have a college degree.

    karen

    • karen says:

      I am 51 and haven’t worked in over a year. These problems have gone on for years. They have continually gotten worse to the point I just could not do it.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Karen,

      All of your medical and psychiatric conditions will be considered individually and in combination. It can be difficult to prove disability based on multiple conditions. You need to make a statement about the limitations and restrictions that you have from each of the conditions. You might right up a list of limitations and put the condition or conditions causing the limitations in parentheses. Make it clear in your application, which doctors are treating you for which conditions, the beginning and ending dates under the care of each. It might also help to get a printout of your prescription history from your pharmacy. List both the mental and physical requirements of your past occupations.

      You also need to be sure that all your doctors are aware of all your conditions and know that you are getting treatment for all of them and from which doctor. They will be more likely to support your claim if they have the full picture. If you are denied, get an experienced Social Security attorney.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  63. richard wayne says:

    Hi kay iam just trying to find out how much info ss pysch doc doc will have from ss files before she sees my son . There are things that he will only discuss at va. I keep telling him the ss pysch doc is independent from ss and will she will not see his enntire file. Am I giving him the right info.

    Thank you
    richard wayne

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Richard,

      Some medical information is sent to the consulting physician–how much I do not know. Your son will likely have to be open and honest with the consulting physician to get his Social Security claim approved.

      He can be assured of privacy. The claims examiner will see the consultant’s report in order to determine whether your husband is eligible, but no one in the local Social Security office will read the medical because they are not involved in that part of the claim decision process. In fact, if the claim is approved and is only for Social Security Disability and not also for SSI, the file will be sent directly to the central payment center for payment to be set up and finally authorized. The medical will not reviewed at the payment center.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  64. richard wayne says:

    My son is combat disabled ss has set appt for pysch test with their doctor ss have documents from va showing his mental and physical diagnosis. Does the ss psych doc have his ss file or is this a independent evaluation with out any bias from social security or is this doc on her own to render opinion
    thank you
    richard wayne

  65. Hugo says:

    Hello,

    I have hearing loss in both my ears and low vision in both my eyes. My vision is very limited when my eyes are exposed to white lights and certain type of light. SSDS has sent me forms for a hearing test and an eye examination. I would like to know which step of the disability process is this out of the five steps? After these tests how close am I to getting an answer? How long after the test does SSDS usually take to make a decision? Is there another step after the tests? Also if social security determination services claim I have severe hearing loss but not severe vision impairment or vice versa would I still be able to get benefits or do I have to have both conditions severe enough in order to be eligible for benefits? If both my conditions are severe would they revoke my driver’s license?

    Thank You,
    Hugo

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Hugo,

      Your claim is undergoing medical review. As you describe your condition, you probably do not qualify at Step 3 of the evaluation process, which is described in the Claims Process article on this website. “How Does the Social Security Administration Apply Social Security Disability Law to Determine If I Am Disabled? Your evaluation is probably at Step 4.

      The consulting physicians have three weeks to deliver their reports. When they are received, the reports will be considered along with all the other information in file. This can take from a couple weeks to a month or more before a decision is made. If just one of your conditions is disabling according to Social Security law, you will be approved. I cannot answer the question about your driver’s license, but if you question your ability to drive, you might consider taking a vision test at the Department of Motor Vehicles or consult with your optometrist to see whether your vision is good enough to drive. I believe that there are some special devices that can be added to a vehicle to help hard of hearing people drive more safely.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Hugo says:

        Thank you Kay!

        I also have another question. If I do get approved am I allowed to still work my current job part-time but limited only to a certain amount of hours or dollar amount a month? If so which is that called? SSD or SSI? I am not sure what the difference is after reading it but I know I am applying for both.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Hugo,

          Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability programs are both administered by the Social Security Administration. Disability is defined the same for both programs. To be eligible for SSDI, in addition to being disabled, you must also have worked and paid Social Security (FICA) taxes for enough years to be insured for benefits including earning credits equal to half the possible number of work credits in the ten years before you became disabled (or in the span between age 21 and date of disability if you are under age thirty-one when when becoming disabled). To be eligible for SSI, in addition to being disabled, you must have income and assets below a certain level because SSI is a public assistance benefit, rather than an earned benefit.

          Gross wages or net profit from self-employment that is below $1,090 per month is usually not considered substantial and does not preclude your being considered disabled. This means that you could work below that level and likely be eligible for SSDI in the full amount.

          Work earnings are used two ways for SSI: to determine medical eligibility and financial eligibility. The first is described above: usually earnings below $1,090 are not considered substantial and allow a finding of disability. The second is that the earnings are also used to calculate SSI benefit amount. Let’s say, for example, that your gross earnings are $1,000 in a month. If you have no other income, half of the earnings above $85 would reduce your SSI benefit for that month, so your benefit would be reduced by $457.50.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Hugo says:

            Hello Again Kay!

            After a long wait I finally received a letter in the mail from the SSA office. Here is what it said…

            We have found that you meet the medical requirements for disability benefits. An explanation of our finding is below. Please read it carefully.

            All available medical reports were obtained and evaluated by this Agency.
            You said you were disabled because of visually impaired and hearing loss.
            The following was considered in making our decision.

            ^ the medical evidence in file shows you are disable due to blindness.
            However, we cannot establish your disabling condition prior to 9/24/14

            We have not yet made a decision about whether you meet the nonmedical requirements, but we will make that decision soon. Then we will send you a second notice explaining our decision. After you receive the second notice you will have 60 days to appeal the determination we made about your claim for disability benefits.

            So I would like to know exactly what this all means. I don’t understand the part where they could not establish my disabling condition prior to 9/24/14. I applied on 1/29/15. Why would they put it all the way back to 2014? Will this mean I get back pay from 09/24/14? Please clarify what that means for me. Also I got another document from SSA verifying my updated application because I got a call from Social Security on 5/26 and they wanted to know if anything has changed. I believe this is good news and now they are just figuring out the amount I’m getting due to the nonmedical part. Attached they also sent me a household income sheet to fill out. Why would they need to know my parents income? I am living with them though.

            Also, any idea when that second notice comes? Is the second notice the award letter? If not how much longer is the award letter if the nonmedical requirement is accepted. How much longer do you think till I receive the first payment?

            Thank You,
            Hugo

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Hugo,

            The medical review determines the date you became disabled. The non-medical review is of other eligibility criteria and it uses that information together with the disability date to determine when benefits start. Your post indicates that your claim is for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). With a January 29, 2015 application, your SSI benefits will begin to accrue February 2015 if you meet the income and asset guidelines in February.

            The form you received may be one-size-fits-all. If you are age eighteen or over and were age eighteen or over on February 1, then write “Not applicable; I am not a minor” in the section asking for parents’ income. You will have to provide information about whether or not you contribute to shelter and food expenses or pay a flat rental fee to live in their home. If you are getting in-kind (non-cash) support in the form of housing and/or food, your SSI will be paid in a reduced amount. If you later contribute to expenses or pay rent, report that to Social Security to see if your SSI benefit can be raised.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Hugo says:

            oh I understand a lot better now. Do you know the minium-maximum you can receive for SSI in my case?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Hugo,

            The maximum federal SSI payable is $732; the minimum is $1. The amount you are paid will depend on your income. If you are getting free room and board from your parents, the maximum is $488.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  66. Tim Davis says:

    Dear Kay…..I submitted my application for SSD in December 2014. I stopped worked on 12 Dec 2014. I had a partial colectomy secondary to severe diverticulitis disease, had a radical prostatectomy for Stage 2 prostrate cancer, Stage 3 Kidney disease, sleep apnea, type 2 insulin dependent uncontrolled diabetes, neuropathy both feet,100% disabled. Was sent for a psychological exam resulting in diagnosis of depression, anxiety and PTSD

  67. keysha says:

    I had a brain tumor remove in June and I have diabetes and depression. A lot apply for ssdi and ssi. Now they want me to take a physical

  68. ashlee says:

    Hi, i was diagnosed at 14 with ptsd, severe depression, bipolar, social anxiety, & insomnia, after being hospitalized for self mutilation & a suicide attempt. The psycatrist that i had said my illness was permanent but guarded. I am now 23. Ive been receiving social security since i was 16 & my case is up for review. Now my question is, they wany me to go see one of their doctors.. i have not been to my psycatrist since last year, august i believe is the last time i went, my anxiety & depression is out of control, i rarely leave my house.. does social security want me to see their doctors because they think im better since i havent seen my psycatrist in a few months? I did a walk in at the mental health clinic today because i need to get back on my medication, should i reschedule my appointment with the social security doctors, until i’ve seen my psycatrist? I am really stressed out about this review, i cannot function like a normal person, i barely even get out of bed.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ashlee,

      I do not know whether trying to reschedule your appointment would have a detrimental effects on the review of your claim. You are being asked to go to an independent consultative examination because you do not have any current medical history, which could be construed as an indication that you are better. You should get an appointment with your psychiatrist as soon as possible so that your usual doctor can create current records based on his current assessment of you. This, however, will not necessarily mean that the consultative examination will be canceled.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  69. trina says:

    Hi kay you wrote me back from what i explained to you is that something good or bad the way my whole lain is goinig now all the denials now them sending me all this paper work to fill out and then going to see their contracted disability. Doctor im truly confused

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Trina,

      It is good that your claim is being carefully reviewed as evidenced by the additional information and examination requested. If you do meet the disability criteria, the careful review should reveal that you are.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • trina says:

      HI KAY I CHECKED THE STATUS AND IT SAY REVIEWING THE MEDICALL PORTION OF MY CLAIM IS PENDING WHAT DOSE THAT MEAN AND IS THAT GOOD OR WHAT TKS

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Trina,

        The status “medical still pending” means that no decision has been made yet as to whether you are disabled as defined by Social Security/SSI law.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • trina says:

          THANKS FOR ALL YOUR REPLYS AS SOON AS I KNOW SOMETHING I WILL LET U KNOW

        • TRINA says:

          HI KAY I SPOKE TO MY EXZAMINER AND SHE INFORMED ME SHE WAS DONE WITH MY CASE SHE SENT IT TO A DOCTOR FOR REVIEW IM NOT UNDERSTANDING THIS PROCESS IS THIS A GOOD THING

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Trina,

            The examiner has made a recommendation, which is being reviewed by a physician to be sure the medical information was interpreted correctly. The recommended decision could be an approval or denial. You should receive notification fairly soon.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  70. Anitra Smith says:

    Kay,

    Thanks for replying. The letter says thst available records are insufficient and additional information is needed. It is a mental status exam for conditions: general anxiety. Does this help to narrow it down. Sounds like it could go either way.

  71. Anitra Smith says:

    Dear Kay,

    I haveb been diagnosed with Chiari Malformation, cervical radiculopathy,spinal stenosis, lumbar radiculopathy, double crush syndrome, straightening of the spine, and ulnar neuropathy. I apied for ssdi in November 2014 I received a letter in the mail from ssa requesting me to take a mental exam. But I don’t have to take a physical exam. Is that a good sign? My psychiatrist has already diagnosed me with anxiety, panick attacks and major depression disorder what are my chances.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Anitra,

      The consultative examination could have been requested because you have not been found physically disabled and they are trying to determine whether you are mentally disabled or it could be that you have been found physically disabled and the exam is to determine whether you are mentally capable of managing your benefits to pay your basic needs before other purchases or you need a representative payee to receive your benefits and manage your money.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  72. trina says:

    HELLO KIM MY LOCAL HOSPITAL APPLIED FOR SS FOR ME AND I WAS DENIED FOUR TIMES NOW THE LAWYED DID MY CASE A NEW ONE AND SS SENT ME TO THE DISABILITY DOC FOR A PHYSICAL AND A XRAY I CHECKED ON LINE PRIOR AND IT KEPT SAYING WORKING ON THE MEDICAL PORTION OF MY CASE WELL IVE BEEN TO THE DISABILITY DOC AND WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME THUS FAR PLEASE HELP ME GET A PEACE OF MIND THE DOC TOLD MY MOM I WOULD HEAR SOMETHING IN TWO WEEKS HELP STRUGGLED. THOUGHTS

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Trina,

      The doctor cannot predict how long it will take Social Security to complete your claim review. It can take anywhere from a month to two months or more to get a decision after a consultative examination.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • trina says:

        In YOUR OPINION IS THAT A GOOD THINg GOING THROUGH ALL THIS I HAVENT BEEN ABLE TO BE MY NORMAL SELF SINCE 2009 its so hard when you know you have a problem and you get fed up and you have to go through so much to get help you truly need its sad

      • trina says:

        HI KAY I CALL SOCIAL SECURITY TODAY TO SEE WHAT WAS MY STATUS AND THE. REP TOLD ME THEY WERE STILL WORKING ON MY CASE AND I WILL RECIVE A LETTER IN THE MAIL AND HE FURTHER WENT ON TO SAY WHEN I RECIVE THE LETTER THERE WILL BE INSTRUCTIONS ON WHAT TO DO NEXT I FELT THE REP WAS HINTING AT SOMETHING TO ME WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THAT INFORMATION I JUST SHARED WITH YOU PLEASE EASE MY MIND IF YOU CAN

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Trina,

          If the letter being referred to is a denial letter, the letter will tell you how to appeal. If you are approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the first letter will not be decision letter, it will be a letter asking you to attend an appointment to update your financial information.So, the representative’s comment does not reveal the nature of the decision.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • trina says:

            HI KAY AFTER A CE EXZAM IS A LONG WAIT A GOOD THING OR IS A SHORT ONE, THEY TOLD ME THAT THE DATE DEAD LINE FOR THEM TO HAVE A DECISION FOR MY CASE IS ON THE 24 OF THE MONTH DOSE THIS MEAN ANYTHING TO YOU FROM YOUR EXPERIENCES

          • trina says:

            KAY I JUST SPOKE WITH THE EXZAMINER WHO SENT ME FOR MY CE AND SHE WAS VERY NICE I ASKED HER WAS THERE ANYTHING ELSE SHE NEEDED FROM ME SHE SAID NO THAT THE DOCTOR SENT THE PHYSICAL REPORT BUT SHE WAS WAITING ON THE XRAY THAT WAS PERFORMED AND SHE FURTHER SAID SHE DONT KNOW WHY THEY WOULDN’T SEND BOTH. AND SHES TRYING TO OBTAIN THAT XRAY IS THAT A GOOD SIGN

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Trina,

            I am responding to both your posts. The length of time that passes after an consultative examination is not an indicator of approval or denial. The examiner would follow up on the x-ray that was taken because without it, the doctor’s report would be considered incomplete. I would regard the date you were given for completion as a target date, not an absolute date.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  73. Duke skipwith says:

    Hi kay
    Im 25yrs i only worked for 3months wen i was 19
    20,i have chf,,afib,hypertension,edema in my legs due ro chf,im morbid obesity i have.extreme pain in joints i cant stand more than 30mins cant really sit to long ither i have to elevate my legs so the dont go num
    Im also blind in one eye and my good eye vision is 20/400 ,,i filed for disability in may of 2014 got denied in October i reconsideration in nov as of now the examiners been contacting me asking questions
    I had a attorney the whole way
    He stated that i meet nd equally legal blindness listing and for my chf ,could this mean
    I could be approved soon ,ive have no insurance so only treatments i had was free clinics ,eye doctors,and the ssa exam

    Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Duke,

      Please see my reply to your original post under “How Does Social Security Decide How Much SSI to Pay When I Get an SSI Approval?”

      Thanks,
      Kay

  74. J.S. says:

    Hi Kay,

    A couple months after I started my disability process , Disability Determination Bureau sent a letter wanting me to authorize the release of my medical records to the Social Security Administration. Is this normal procedure or does this look like I might have a chance of getting approved?

    Thanks.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear J.S.

      Signing an authorization for release of medical information is routine. Usually it is done at application, but perhaps it was overlooked in your case.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  75. E says:

    Hi Kay, thank you for your wonderfully helpful site. This is all so confusing for me. I applied for SSI online back in July/August 2014 not realizing they only accepted SSDI apps online. I didn’t make an appointment until December. At that meeting they had a copy of my online application and they said I’d done such a good job they didn’t really need anything more from me. I have multiple mental illnesses, but I also have a back problem. I didn’t get my function and work history reports in on time (didn’t see a deadline), but the examiner was very helpful and I have a long history of mental illness. She said they only consider the last two years, and I’m not sure if she means two years before the date I sent my online application in or two years before my December appointment.

    I talked to her today and she said she received my reports Feb 2. They are sending me to a doctor for an x-ray and evaluation of my back, but not to a psychiatrist. This is really concerning. I thought they sent all mental health cases to one of their doctors. The examiner also said they’ve already made a decision regarding “that part” of my case. She knows but can’t tell me what it is. I can’t imagine how they could make a decision that quickly, especially since they just got my function and work history reports last week. This really doesn’t sound good for me. Can you provide me with any insight or advice? I’m absolutely terrified.

    Thanks so much for your help.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear E.,

      Not all mental health evaluations require the claimant to go to a mental health consultative examination. If your psychiatry records are well-documented, they together with your activities of daily living question (if asked for one) may have provided enough information to make a decision. Given that you are also being sent for a back evaluation, it is possible that they did not find your psychiatric condition disabling. The other possibility is that they did determine your mental condition is disabiling but they think it will improve, and they want to see if you have a back condition that will be permanent.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  76. JS says:

    Hello,

    I applied for disability in Dec. 2014. I recently was reviewed by a disability doctor. Can I obtain the report and his findings of my evaluation?

    Thanks.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear J.S.,

      Social Security will often not release a report directly to the claimant but will release to the attending physician who could explain any medical terms. You can request that a copy of the report be sent to you or, if that is not possible, to your attending physician. Another way to get it is, if your claim is denied, you can request a copy of the claim file for your appeal.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  77. Lakisha smith says:

    An say his case is closed with DDS cause they have enough information.

  78. Lakisha smith says:

    Hi my son had an appointment with disability determined doctor in I call him today an he say his appointment has been cancel to see the doctor so I call social sec office n there sayn his case is pending.So I called back an told the guy that was work n his case that Ssi administration say his case pending so he say they have enough information to determine his case I’m guessing after they got information from his councilor an he say I shoid be received something in the mail..Can he be denied?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lakisha,

      While it is possible that your son could still be denied at this point, there is a reasonably possibility that he will be approved.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  79. martha palmer says:

    After spending a few minutes with my nephew, his mental challenges become apparent. Could the primary care physician possibly verify that he has a mental disorder? Does that ever happen?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Martha,

      Possibly the primary care physician will pick up on your nephew’s mental limitations or disorders; but, unless your nephews condition is very severe, it is likely that more analysis as to its severity and how it affects function by a mental health expert will be needed. Please also see my response to your prior question.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  80. martha palmer says:

    My adult nephew (53 years old) has is mentally challenged and has issues with depression and anxiety. He has lived with his mother his whole life. In addition to his mental issues, he has severe back problems. His mother has never applied for disability for him. We are now starting the process. Next week is will have his first evaluation by a primary physician. If the doctor says he needs to see a mental health professional, will he direct us to that professional? Will we have to pay for that evaluation? I am paying for the initial physical evaluation because he has no insurance or medicaid. My funds are limited. I do not live in the same city and state as my nephew and his mother. I am arranging all of his medical evaluations via long distance and traveling to his location to transport him to his appointments. This is the first time I’ve dealt with Social Security Disability payments. It’s quite a maize!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Martha,

      You have to pay for all medical and mental evaluations that you set up. If the Social Security Administration needs more information than you provide, they may send your nephew for a consultative examination at SSA’s expense. You do not have control over whether or not SSA orders an examination or what type of exam it might be. If you can afford it, it would be good to have a mental assessment of your nephew done by a pyschologist. Be sure to state on the examination that your nephew lacks ongoing records because of lack of insurance and that you have recently stepped in to help out.

      If your nephew still doesn’t have health insurance by the last quarter of this year, I suggest that he apply for insurance under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) when there is an open enrollment period late in the year. More information is available at http://www.healthcare.gov.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  81. Brenna says:

    I am 55 years old and on May 6, 2014 I had thyroid surgery and in the process the doctor cut the right nerve to the vocal chord. I no longer can talk very loudly. I also have a 8 inch scar that will not heal and swells daily and looks like I have a egg in the middle of my neck. Not only have I lost my voice but I have depression. I applied but now am being sent to a doctor for my depression. In order for me to drink any liquids I have to turn my neck to the left and it looks and feels like constantly I have a tight rope on my neck. I have worked all my life and now I can’t. Why are they sending me to another doctor?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Brenna,

      Apparently, the claim examiner wants some information about your condition that is not answered in the information already in your claim file. Be sure to attend the examination. Also, you could call the examiner and ask for a list of the medical records and statements they have in file to be sure that all the information you want considered is in file. (For records, ask for the dates covered.)

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Brenna says:

        I went for my appt with the physiologist and that was 2 weeks ago and today I was called and they are wanting to send me to a doctor for my voice. Why 2 doctor apps? When they talk to me on the phone they can tell I have not much of a voice. Good sign or bad sign?

        Thanks

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Brenna,

          Each of the doctors has a different specialty and you have more than one medical problem, so they are sending you to two different specialists. This is a sign that your claim is being thoroughly investigated but not a sign of whether it will be approved or denied.
          Sincerely,
          Kay

  82. Cindy says:

    So if my private LTD sends me to a doctor and they pay for it is there any law that says I can’t request there report directly from the doctor. I leave in Iowa. I know my LTD ins. is required to send it to me within a 30 days of my request.

    Thank you
    for your time

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Cindy,

      Usually private insurance companies, upon your written request and authorization, will release a copy of consultative examination reports to your private physician.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  83. Susan says:

    Kay, I applied for SSDI back in October. I started my claim on September when I stopped working, but didn’t know that I had worked a couple of weeks that month. My case went to dds in November, and I was sent functional reports for both my mother and myself to complete. These were sent back within the allotted time frame, actually early. I am applying for seizures, migraines and neck pain from multiple auto accidents. I went to the ER in December after having fallen in the house during a seizure-a fall at work was what prompted me using FMLA and applying for disability. (it had occurred during a seizure) I followed up with the examiner from dds, making sure that they would get the paperwork. It showed my medication levels were low, but that could be due to a uti. I am also pregnant, so my body may be metabolizing the med differently. I immediately contacted the Dr, and my meds were increased. This past week I followed up, to make sure they received everything, and to let them know that I am facing foreclosure on my home due to not having income. I was off work two years ago when I had a seizure that caused an auto accident, this was the beginning of my disability. The examiner told me he was still missing my physical therapy notes, and stated if he didn’t get them he would have to make a decision without them. I followed up and they are being sent this week. I also received a notice from my local rehabilitation services that they would not be able to help me find employment, as my physician stated I would need to be out of work until 9/2015. (just due to seizures, not looking at other issues) I know the importance of the pt notes, as I also noted I have a rtc injury that prohibits me from lifting. My neck injury affects my shoulder-all the muscles. I have been receiving medical tx throughout this, at times paid for by my auto insurance. My migraines have affected me to the point I leave work, have to work in a dark room, etc. Even people’s deodorant can cause a migraine. I read all about the fact that they want to look at other jobs- I would consider a therapist a pretty sedentary job. I lost consciousness with two patients in my office, documented at work and with my physician. I would wander around the building, not knowing what I was doing. I feel like I am mixed messages – he is placing importance on the pt notes, but has specialist notes, from the past three years. He tells me if he doesn’t get the notes, he will forward my case on to the doctor. Will the documentation that I should be off work for a year hinder my case? How do they look at pregnancy? I took my FMLA even before my pregnancy, due to seizures. I had received short term disability until my leave(s) were exhausted.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Susan,

      I suggest calling the examiner to tell him that you have mailed the physical therapy notes. Also mention that vocational rehabilitation has declined to provide services because it is not known when you can work. Your doctor saying that you cannot work for a year helps rather than hinders your claim because you have to be disabled or be expected to be disabled a year to receive benefits. Pregnancies don’t last a year and return to sedentary work is usually four weeks postpartum so being pregnant by itself is a neutral event, especially if you tell them you became pregnant after leaving work due to seizures. I assume that you have already provided the documentation from your workplace about seizures at work. If you haven’t, you should do so very quickly.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  84. DenRad says:

    I have a question, I was one of the lucky one’s who applied for SSDI because I was badly beaten near death causing me to have PTSD. I filled out all their paperwork with no lawyer and sent a 100 page book of what happens now in my daily life. With in a few weeks I was approved. They told me though after the 3 years on the program they will require a med review so I filled out the one sheet document in Oct 2014 and Jan 2015 I received another letter stating disregard for that med exam until later. But the IRS told me that if approved after the first 3 years then they will re-check me in another 7 years. I am 57 years old. Does the letter that I received telling me no exam at this time is needed mean it will be another 7 years before I get checked again?

    Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear DenRad,

      Yes, you will likely have another update in seven years, but I would not worry about it. If your condition doesn’t improve substantially, benefits will continue. (By the way, I am not sure you mean the IRS; do you mean SSA?)

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  85. Shannon says:

    I had a stroke in August of 2014, I was a waitress before the stroke so I have not been able to go back to work as of yet, because I still have left side limitations. I have already applied for disabilty I even applied for presumptive benefites in October. I got a letter last week to go see a Dr. For more medical evidence on the 26th of this month. I applied for disabilty because I can’t work right now because of my limitations from the stroke but my dr can’t get my blood pressure under control and I have diabetes also. When I was in the hospital for my stroke they could not get my blood pressure or diabetes to stable out either. Do you think they might use one of these conditions as a basis to determine my disability even though I didn’t apply because of them but I have had a problem with it for years and probably is some of the cause for my stroke along with stress. How long do you think it will take after I see the dr they are sending me to for some type of answer?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shannon,

      Social Security will consider all your medical conditions. I suggest calling the claims examiner to be sure that she is aware of your uncontrolled or poorly controlled blood pressure and any limitations you have because of your diabetes (having diabetes in itself is not a reason not to work) so that everything can be considered.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  86. sherry says:

    I applied for my daughter who have asthma and broke both of her fema bones and have a 504 plan at school the dds said I may have to take her to see one of there doctors then I call him he said they made a decision already and its gone be sent to quality control

  87. Susie says:

    In 2013 I had rotor cuff surgery…was out of work 3 months…then went back….still having pain after 2months into work found out it never healed and I had torn 3 tendons and had shoulder impigment syndrome ….. Had revision surgery in November 2014 after finding out therapy wasn’t working so dr had X-rays and MRI and that was when he told me I needed to have revision surgery and that I had 3 torn tendons….. And I also have a large tear on other shoulder that will need surgery when this ones all healed. I’ve been in healthcare since I’ve been 15. And now I am 48…the last 10 tears I’ve worked as a certified nurses aide and years before was working in people’s homes doing home health care…..I myself don’t feel safe doing this work anymore because of the wear and tear on my shoulders and weakness I would not feel safe lifting and taking care of the elderly. I applied for ssdi in late December of 2013 was denied so got a disability lawyer and appealed and now was denied second time but now am waiting for a hearing date…..I also have a 15 year old girl to take care of too…..what are my chances of winning my hearing and will my 15 year old be awarded also because she’s my child?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Susie,

      If you do not have the education or transferable skills to work in lighter work, your claim could be approved. The fact that an attorney took your case indicates that you have a reasonable chance of approval. It sounds as if you have worked enough to have a family maximum benefit high enough to allow payment of benefits for your daughter if you are approved.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Susie says:

        It is almost the end of June and my next surgery is July 9 (2015) on my left shoulder….the revision surgery on my right shoulder has left me w a Popeye deformity….that is sometimes painful….in the midst of these problems my hands starting acheing and fingers locking up with the. Numbness and tingling and as I thought….carpal tunell was settling in…..Dr. Sending me for a nerve test but is 100 % sure its carpal tunnel….I am in process of hearing date as I was denied again last October…so my lawyer sent the paper out last October….for a hearing…..its been 8 months and still nothing….I’m so frustrated my bills are high…..my aspire worker sent in for ext. On my tanf which was denied…..

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Susie,

          The end of your post seems to have a problem. I don’t understand the last line or whether you have a question.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  88. Valerie says:

    Hi Kay, my case is now closed and being sent to the local social security office.Is this a good sign?

    Thanks,
    Valerie

    • Valerie says:

      Thanks for you response Kay. I was approved medically, and now I am just waiting for an appointment for nonmedical review!

      Thanks,
      Valerie

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Valerie,

      If your claim shows up as closed on http://www.ssa.gov/mysocialsecurity, then your claim may have been denied. Otherwise, it would still show as pending. If the examiner said it was closed, she may just mean that they are finished with the medical decision and the decision could be an approval or denial.

      If you are denied, I recommend requesting a copy of your claim file so you can read the determination memo. If you disagree with the decision, you can appeal within sixty days of the date of the denial letter. If you appeal, it would be a good idea to have an attorney who specializes in Social Security prepare your reconsideration appeal. 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 the retroactive award at the time it sends your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  89. Araceli says:

    Hi Kay,
    My husband is 42 diagnosed with Chronic Liver Cirrhosis and has ear Malformation in which is engorged has had 3 surgeries ear ambolization w Coiling, His health and speech has detiorated . He has applied since June 2014 and has not been working since May 2013 due to his illness, he has his CE evaluation today 1/9/15, What are the chances for him to get approved?
    Thanks
    Celi

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Araceli,

      I can’t predict whether your husband will be approved. It depends on his physical limitations and his educational and work backgrounds. If there are no occupations he can perform with the speech and hearing deficits and any physical limitations fro his liver condition, he will be approved. If he is denied and you disagree with the reasons, I suggest getting a copy of his claim file and appealing with a good Social Security attorney. 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 the retroactive award at the time it sends your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  90. meme says:

    Hi, My Husband age 49 applied for ssdi in late aug 2014 and has had a laminectomy of the l-4/5/6 and has arthritis with spinal stenosis. He has history of mild depression whch has worsened since his back surgery. He has been to a mental exam in oct through social security. Now jan 8 received a letter stating he has a physical exam in feb. His previous work was a roofer and tree trimmer that he is no longer able to do because of his injuries. Just to add he cant do anything anymore, and he was a very active person before his injury. My question is because they are sending him to a medical exam this late in the process do you think he will be denied at this stage?
    Thank you

    • meme says:

      I should add that he has a 6th grade education and some what illiterate.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Meme,

      I am responding to both your posts. First, the scheduled examination is not an indication your husband will be denied. It is important to let the claims examiner know that your husband has a 6th grade education and to describe his literacy limitations. If he is denied, I recommend appealing with an attorney. 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 the retroactive award at the time it sends your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  91. Drew Valentine says:

    Kay,
    Once again I come to you for your knowledge. Why would a ALJ request for me to have a physical exam……after the hearing process. I have asked many. And everyone says that it was not common to have this done. I am surprised by this because I felt my Rep and I had more than enough evidence for him to make a decision!! Thanks for your time!!!

    Drew!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Drew,

      Not frequently, but sometimes, judges request additional medical information after a hearing. This will be done when the judge has some question about your condition that was not yet answered. Be sure to attend the examination.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  92. Valerie says:

    Hello, I applied for disability in January 2014 for anxiety. I constantly lose feelings in my legs and sometimes have trouble walking for days because of this. I had a mini stroke and lost vision in my left eye..my doctor sent me to a nuerologist for testing for ms. The tests came back normal and he explained to me that anxiety could cause these nuerological symptoms. My examiner said that I needed to take a physical and mental exam but it is backed up at least 2 months from now. I made an appointment to see a psycologist myself and got the mental health testing done. He informed me that i have severe anxiety and depression and also scitzophrania. Is it possible to get approved with these results? My medical examiner said that once the psycologist gave me an exact diagnosis, we should be all she needs. I have a good feeling I will be approved, I have turned in every medical record that I have, got written letters from family and friends detailing my disabilty but I was wondering if you suggest anything else I could do to make my case better? It has been a year since I applied and Im just starting to get a little nervous. Are these disorders plus my “attacks” and physical disorders enough to possibly get approved for disability?

    Thanks,
    Valerie

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Valerie,

      It was a good idea to get the mental examination done in order to hopefully speed up the processing of your claim. The remark by the examiner about receiving the diagnosis seems hopeful. Without seeing your claim file, I can’t say whether there is anything you could submit related to your physical limitations that are not connected to your mental disorder that could help the claim.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Valerie says:

        Thanks Kay,

        Also, the psycologist only gave me a bunch of written tests for the mental exam. Is that normal?I thought he was going to ask me questions to see how well I remember and things of that nature. He said he faxed the results over to my examiner. Is it possible that a written test is all that they need or should I ask for more testing??

        Thanks,
        Valerie

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Valerie,

          The written test is probably a psychological evaluation to diagnose whether a mental illness is present and, if so, what. A memory test would likely be testing for a cognitive disorder such as dementia or the after effects of a traumatic brain injury. If the written test was a thorough assessment, it may be all that is needed for them to make a decision on your claim.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Valerie says:

            Dear Kay, Thanks for your response.I talked with my disability examiner and she said she forwarded my records from the psycologist to the doctor for review.Is this the last step to find out if I am approved or not? Around How long does this process usually take? If approved, will I possibly recieve payment by next month?

            Thanks again,
            Valerie

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Valerie,

            Assuming the doctor finds everything in order for the recommended approval or denial decision, your claim she be in the final phase of review. If you are approved for Social Security Disability, it takes two to three months for payments to start. If you are approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), payment, which is authorized out of your local office, typically take one to two months to start. All time frames are estimates only.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  93. Crystal says:

    HI Kay
    I was wondering, I applied for disabiltiy in October of 2014,
    they had called me 0n 12-29-14 and ask me if the last time I was at a
    doctor was in May. but that was not true, I was in october. why wouldnt they have my up to date file. and i ask if they was sending me to there doctor and she said no. Is that a bad sign. I have scolios and i also was born with a birth defect called klippel-feil syndrome, but I never let it stop me from working, as I am getting older my body can’t handle the work i used to do. I was cna.
    thank you

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Crystal,

      It is hard to say why the Disability Determination Services doesn’t have your records, but I do suggest that you call the examiner and ask if he or she needs your recent medical records; and, if so, whether he or she needs you to get them.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  94. s. berry says:

    My son has applied for SSI he has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. They told us his application was in its last stage that it was sent to the doctors what does this mean.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear S.,

      Your son’s claim has been reviewed by the disability claims examiner and has been sent to a staff physician for review of the examiner’s recommended decision. Once the physician reviews it, either your son will receive a decision or the physician will recommend more investigation.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  95. Louis says:

    I had a Consultative Examination today and from what I read the doctor doing the exam usually only does a 10 minute exam. I was with the doctor for almost 50 minutes. He did a bunch of things and when we went into his actual office I noticed on the diagnosis paper he put depression, poly neuropathy , mono neuropathy and 3 other things I couldn’t make out. He then said to me I have conditions that need to be treated and he said I will write you up a good report but you have to be patient. Does this sound like this could go my way? Also I have a question I don’t work and am separated from my spouse how would that work if I was to be accepted? Thank you

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Louis,

      It sounds as if the consulting physician plans to write up that you are limited by your various conditions, but it will still take a while to get a decision. Be aware that Social Security considers the doctor’s report but they do not ask the doctor whether you are disabled–only what their findings are. I do not understand what you are asking in your second question.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  96. Freddy says:

    I applied for disability a while back and I put on the application Arthritis and depression. They sent me to a psychiatrist and she asked me questions like what does a banana and an apple have in common, what does a chair and table have in common etc. Then asked me to remember things, who the current gov. was etc My question is what does any of these questions have to do with depression? Also How can one tell if someone is depressed when only spending 10 minutes with them?
    I have a physical CE later this week. What kinds of things do they do during a physical CE ? I dont currently see a doctor is there away to see some kind of doctor without insurance? I only have share of costs
    thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Freddy,

      I suggest that you investigate whether there is a free or low-cost clinic and/or mental health center in your area where you can be seen. Next fall during the next open enrollment period, I suggest that you apply for insurance through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). You may qualify for a government subsidy for the premiums.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • cat says:

        Hi kay ive been fighting ss since 2010 the hospital. Signed me up ive been denied well after about 4 denials going befor a judge. I get a letter fron three big letters to fill out a lot of questiobs and a week ago i got a letter to go have a physical exzam abd xrays performed. I did it all im just tired now is his a good thing this is the first time ive been thorough. This as far as receiving any mail directly from ss whats going on the doctor at the exam said i was in bad shape can u shed any light for me ease

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Cat,

          It appears that your claim is being thoroughly investigated. If you are disabled, a thorough investigation is to your advantage.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  97. Patricia says:

    Hello Kay,
    I recently applied for SSDI after being diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. I have not worked since 9/2012 due to being let go from my job and it has been hard to find employment (my opinon, I think due to my age 58). I’ve had issues (hypertension and psoriasis and arthritis) for a while but continued to work then. Now the arthritis has started to deteriorate my joints and I am no longer able to work on the computer, walk or even sit for periods of time. My question is, because I’ve worked with some of these conditions previously (that have gotten worse, since unemployed) will this disqualify me from SSDI?

    Sincerely,
    Patricia

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Patricia,

      Your having worked with active medical conditions will not disqualify you. Your claim will be evaluated on your current condition. If, however, you put your reason for stopping work as being laid off for non-medical reasons, it could be advisable to also make the statement that your condition has worsened since you last worked.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  98. amy says:

    Hello Kay,
    My husband served in the Marine Corps. for over 16 years. During his third deployment in Iraq in 2006 he was hit with an IED and suffered a head injury and back injury. Finally in early 2013 he medically retired and had a 90% rating from the VA. On top of his physical injuries, he suffers from severe PTSD, Anxiety, anti social, depression and suicidal just to name a few. For a while I’ve ask him to apply for ssi but hesitant due to stories his heard from other veterans who have been denied and doesn’t want to go through that same stress. He finally agreed and three months later he’s being sent to go to a mental and physical evaluation. However, the Dr. he’s seeing for both exam is a chiropractor? Is this a common thing? I mean , shouldn’t he be seen by a physician and a psychologist? What are the chances he will be approved?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Amy,

      I would have expected a back evaluation to be by an orthopedist or physiatrist and his mental health condition by a psychiatrist. I suggest that you respectfully as the claims examiner why he is being sent to a chiropractor, especially for the mental exam. Perhaps an error has been made.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  99. Lisa says:

    I am now waiting on a decision and am afraid to go to the mailbox. I had to see a Psychologist for cognitive testing this past Wednesday. I mentioned to him that I had a sleep study done on the Sunday before. The next morning, Thursday, I got a call from my case worker wanting the number for the place that did the sleep study. She said that was the last thing she needed. I know she got the information from the Psychologist’s report. Is it a good sign that she still wanted another medical record after getting his report. Otherwise, wouldn’t his report be enough to give me a denial, if that is the way they are headed? I am hopeful, it is an approval and the sleep study recorders are just to tie it all up. Any thoughts? I am worrying myself sick.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lisa,

      You cannot at this point know what the decision might be. It could be an approval; it could also be a denial. The examiner could not finalize a denial with outstanding medical information. My principal thought is that there is no point worrying before you get the decision. If you are denied and believe you truly cannot work, get a good Social Security attorney and appeal. 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

  100. donna reynolds says:

    Update:
    The doctor SSA sent me to began the exam by stating that he hoped to help me. This surprised me. He did a quick physical exam and was very kind. He said his assessment of my limitations were as follows:
    No heavy lifting or pulling
    No prolonged sitting or standing
    No overhead work
    Limited arm and leg involvement.

    I hope this is conducive to approval.

    Thank you so very much for your time.

    Donna

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Donna,

      Whether or not you are approved will depend on whether or not those limitations keep you from doing work that you have done in the past and if you are under age fifty any new type of work you could otherwise adapt to.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • DONNA REYNOLDS says:

        Oh, Kay, thank you for that reply! I was 50 when I first applied, and a widow. I have computer skills, but they were obtained in the mid ’90′s. Other than that, I have worked retail. I also recently found out that someone I knew for years, but haven’t seen in a while, works for a U.S. Representative. I will be 52 in March.

        Thank you once again,
        DR

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Donna,

          There appears to be some possibility that you could be approved.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Donna Reynolds says:

            I was contacted by the Examiner in Nashville who wanted to go over my retail work experience. He went into great detail and, until then, I didn’t appreciate how physical my work had been. He said he would then be forwarding my case to the ‘vocational department’, then I would receive notification of a decision. This was in early 11/14. My attorney notified me that the case had left DD on 11/20, but no one has heard anything yet. I’ve called 3 times, but haven’t heard anything, nor has my attorney. Any advice? Why would he take such time in asking about my previous work if the case was to be sent to the vocational department anyhow? This is such a frustrating process.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Donna,

            If you applied for Social Security Disability and the case left the Disability Determination Services in November and you haven’t heard anything, you might check with the local office to see whether the claim is now in the payment center, which would be an indication of approval. It can take one to three months for the payment center to authorize payment.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • DONNA REYNOLDS says:

            Just got a letter of approval. Thank you for all you do, Kay. This website is the most informative and helpful site I’ve visited and, trust me, I’ve scoured the Internet for almost 2 years!

            Have a wonderful 2015 and thank you, once again!

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Donna,

            You are welcome and thank you for the update. I am glad you were approved.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  101. donna reynolds says:

    I last was able to work 1/13 due to very severe cervical stenosis with myelopathy at C-7. I had an ACDF in 7/13. Approx. 80% of my body is affected with numbness, weakness, and spasticity. I have difficulty standing, sitting, lying, or walking for more than a few minutes. I applied in 7/13 and was denied around the 1st part of 11/13. It all went bad and on 12/31 I was making arrangements for a posterior laminectomy, which occurred in 2/14. In both cases, the surgeon said he doubted he could help me, but hopefully could keep it from worsening. I re-applied with representation in 7/14. I was notified that I had been put on medical hold because my condition needed to lapse for 3 months before I could be considered for SSD. This made no sense, so I called the examiner and the medical hold was lifted. I now have an appointment with one of their doctors for a physical exam. I am 51, widowed, and live in TN. I am wondering what my attorney should be doing at this point? They told me they don’t even pull my med records until the hearing phase, but instead make certain SS is getting all of my records. I have received no correspondence that they have done anything at all, as they said they would cc me on all correspondence they make to SS. Should I get my records for myself and distribute them accordingly? Do I need another attorney?? I have had no income at all since 1/31 and will soon lose my house to back taxes. All of my health care has come by way of the Indigent Care Program through our Health Dept., btw. I will be homeless if I have to wait the 2.5 years they are saying I’ll wait.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Donna,

      I suggest that you do everything you can to present your case now, to avoid the need to appeal. Compile a list of medical records (provider and date) that you want Social Security to have; then call the claims examiner who is handling your claim and say you want to confirm that they have received the records from your attorney. If any are missing, ask the examiner to defer a decision until they are received and say that you will follow up with your attorney and the medical providers. Then contact the attorney to ask the status of the request for the missing records. If records have been requested, follow up with the custodian of the records. Also be sure that you attend the consultative examination that has been requested.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  102. Lee says:

    Thank You Kay. I will add that they have added my recent heart attack & stent & a broken ankle from late 2013, that never healed and the PTSD, for the recent passing of my son. I felt that if the same CE for mental health, would provide the same diagnosis of unable to work for Social Services, she would be providing the same diagnosis to SSD.

    Thank you,

    Lee

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lee,

      Presumably, the examiner would provide similar reports both to Social Services and the Social Security Administration.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  103. Jerry Hunt says:

    Dear Kay,

    I have been scheduled to appear before judge in regards to my SSDI. My question is, Do ALJ’s have my blood work charts in DETAIL inside of my Exhibit List? As in, can they see my vitamin deficiencies and so forth? Do my drug test results (IF ANY?) show up in the file?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jerry,

      Whether or not the judge has the specific laboratory results you mention depends on whether or not you submitted those laboratory records as part of your appeal. If you don’t know and you have an attorney, I suggest you ask the attorney. If you don’t have an attorney, you could get a copy of the records you reference and take them to the hearing with you or submit them to the judge in advance of the hearing.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  104. Lee says:

    Dear Kay;

    I applied for SSD late 2013 for CRPS & depression. It started in 2011 and I am still under the care of my neurologist, who stated my prognosis was “guarded” and indicated on a form for Social Services, that I cannot work or be retrained. I provided SSD with all the names & phone numbers of all who have treated me, my E.R. dates and medications, but they sent me for a mental health exam and a physical. I am in my early 50′s and have recently been diagnosed with PTSD, due to a death. Now the individual who performed the mental health exam for SSD also did the exam for Social Services. For Social Services, she said she was deeming me exempt from working. I honestly thought I provided enough medical info from all my caretakers. But have been told by other’s and have read online, that SSA does not consider CRPS a disability. I wear two different braces. One for day and one for bedtime. Is it true that SSA does not take CRPS (also known as RSD) seriously?

    Thank you for your time.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lee,

      Some diagnoses are harder to prove because some of the symptoms, such as pain or fatigue, are hard to measure. That said, your claim will be considered based on the severity of your symptoms and the limitations they cause.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  105. Melinda F. says:

    Hi Kay,..it’s me again. When i said “forego”, that was not what I meant. I withdrew from my hearing,because my attorney said that if I had gone on with the hearing the Judge would have denied me,and I would have lost a year from my case. So I withdrew. But now,I got a message saying a decision would be made in 2 to 4 months. Is this good? And because my husband died in 2011,and he worked all his life,would that factor in also?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Melinda,

      If you withdrew your request for a hearing, it may be that a letter would still have to be sent and the judge would have to write a “decision” to dismiss the hearing or something similar. In any event, you need to ask your attorney to clarify your situation. Your husband being deceased does not have a bearing on your own disability claim. If you are age fifty or over, you can apply for disabled widow’s benefits, which is a separate claim.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  106. Melinda F. says:

    Thanks Kay,…
    I spoke to an attorney,and I was told to wait to see what the outcome of my hearing was.

    But thanks for taking time out to answer my comment.

  107. Melinda F. says:

    I had a disability hearing, Sept. 25,2014,and I chose by advice from my attorney, to forego my case because my doctor claimed I was able to sit for six hours and can do sedentary work, when I cannot. My attorney said that this way I can keep my case from being denied. I was diagnosed by my doctor, who is actually a nurse practitioner, as having Lupus. I have severe joint pain, which I was prescribed Vicodin, Tramadol, and Flexeril for. I cannot sit still long enough for her to have written that I am able to sit and do sedentary work. These meds are taken daily, and cause me sleep most of the day. I checked through the client portal with this law firm, and found that my case is awaiting the ALJ’s decision. What does that mean, when after all I withdrew to keep from being denied? The information my primary care physician put on my file, when she filled out the RFC forms, basically threw my case out. But this is the thing,..she never examined me to have come to the conclusion that I could sit for six hours. I have never even had an MRI, nor seen any other specialist because she never got e referred. I applied for disability in 2012 because of my back, which was hurt from a car accident in 2010. And because of the death of my husband in 2011. I was having pain in my neck, and left shoulder to where it was impossible to do anything. So I while at the clinic that I attend, I got to see at least three doctor’s, and the last one a Nurse Practitioner. She just don’t seem all that interested in what is going on with me. How do you tell your patient that they have Lupus, and you see the pain they are in, yet you do a write up that doesn’t make sense, or measure up to what your patient is going through. I am 52 years old,and I hurt every day,from upon waking to getting to bed for the night. When I went to my hearing, I brought with me all of what I had documented of my pain,and aches,also the paper showing I am positive for Lupus. I showed this paper to my attorney,and shewas shocked, because it wasn’t in my file that my attorney had. I hurt now as I peck the keys on my computer. Also I checked back on the site of my lawyers, and found that the ALJ is still reviewing my case,and should have an answer in two to four months. Should I re-apply? Should I go back to that nurse practitioner, or get another doctor? What do I do! PLEASE get back to me!!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Melinda,

      To better understand your situation, I suggest that you talk with your attorney to get an understanding of what she meant by “foregoing” your case to avoid getting a decision and also for advice about what to do to document your limitations. Check with your attorney to be sure, but I don’t think you can file a new claim while you have a hearing decision pending.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  108. Flora says:

    I am being sent for a Psychiatric evaluation. I am a dialysis patient and have difficulties with my treatments, fistula and blood pressure. My doctor wants me to go on disability. I have never seen a Psychiatrist before so am not sure why I’m being sent to see him instead of an MD. Any thoughts and advice of what questions they will be asking me? or How I should ask him or her?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Flora,

      I can’t predict what questions you will be asked. Whatever they are, answer the consulting physician’s questions honestly even if you can’t see why they are being asked. You might also ask the examiner who requested the evaluation what has led him or her to request a psychiatric consultation.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  109. ni says:

    The SSD examiner called me to see if I had seen an MD since June. I have been going 1 to 2 times a week to a chiropractor at the Pain Management MD’s suggestion. Will this satisfy the Disability department? My medical NP says there is nothing else to do for me except meds, tens unit.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ni,

      Chiropractic records aren’t given the same weight as medical physicians. Make it clear that you are seeing a chiropractor as prescribed by your pain management physician. If the nurse practitioner’s opinion about future treatment was rendered since June, be sure to mention that as well.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  110. Lisa says:

    Thank you for answering so many questions, I am finding this all very confusing. I applied for SSD and a couple of weeks ago I went for an examination with the SS Doctor. He was very positive with me and told me he would get the paperwork in and it should be helpful to me. Today I have to go for lab work. Why would I have to go for lab work (don’t know what kind, other than it is at a cardiovascular institute)? Is this any kind of sign good or bad? I feel they are really looking into my case, but could the lab work make or break my case? Thank you!

  111. Joshua Valencia says:

    Thanks for any and all help

    • Kay Derochie says:

      You are welcome, Joshua.

      • Joshua valencia says:

        hey I was wondering I have two doctors appointments with Social Security and they cancelled both of those after I already seen one medical appt for my post traumatic stress disorder I did the little test tested me and noticed that I had high blood pressure but he thought it could be due to my anxiety es I talked with Social Security last week and told me the amount I would be receiving and that I would be receiving a decision in December I was wondering if this was a good thing I filled out all the packets they needed and seen all the doctors they wanted other than the two they canceled thank you again for everything

        • Joshua valencia says:

          disregard this message Kay thanks for info you answered my question on the first post I just I my first question didn’t post so I apologize for reposting

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Joshua,

          If you have received a payment amount (not an estimate) and a date benefits will start, your claim has been approved. A letter of approval may come before or after the first payment.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  112. Joshua Valencia says:

    hello I applied for Social Security Disability based on my PTSD severe anxiety with panic attack and chest pain and torn rotator cuff Social Security schedule me for a medical evaluation and psychological evaluation I went to my medical evaluation and told the doctor everything about my post traumatic stress disorder my anxiety muscle spasms chest pain and shoulder pain after going to that the doctor also said i have high blood pressure just wondering why I was scheduled to go to a psychological evaluation but after this doctor’s appointment why they canceled my psychological evaluation what does that mean is it a good thing or bad

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Joshua,

      I assume that your psychological evaluation was cancelled because the claims examiner believes that he or she has gotten all the information needed to decide your claim from the first exam. This could mean that the claim will be approved, but not necessarily.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  113. Rita says:

    I have basal joint osteoarthritis bilaterally and I have interstitial cystitis. I applied for disability. On Feb 2013. I was denied and requested an appeal after hiring an attorney. I went to my hearing with ALJ. Now I’ve been told I have to see an independent orthopedist and Internist/Urologist. Each visit states doctor will see me for only 15 minutes. How are two doctors that have never seen me or know my history going to determine I am disabled in 15 minutes?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rita,

      Apparently, there is something specific that the judge wants to know that he or she believes can be ascertained with a short examination.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  114. Chris says:

    Hi Kay.

    I attended my scheduled psych exam a month ago. Just last week, my local office called to confirm they’d received the report but were still missing medical records. So, I provided the information they requested, despite having already provided them during the application process.

    I’m a generic severe depression, severe anxiety, social anxiety and my social workers have had me certified as Severe Mental Illness.

    Sounds like my local office just got their hands on the report, hasn’t looked over the records thoroughly or in fact didn’t receive them. But they seems like they are actively investigating.

    What are your thoughts? First time application. Am I looking at an inevitable denial or still riding the 70/30 denial/approval odds?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Chris,

      Your assessment that your claim is being actively reviewed is correct. There’s no reason to expect a denial at this point. I suggest that you let your medical providers know that the Disability Determination Services will be requesting records for your claim and ask them to respond quickly. Also, get an estimate of how long it will take them to respond. I suggest that you ask the examiner to let you know if she has any trouble getting the records. Then check with the examiner a week after the medical providers’ estimated time frames to see if the records have been received.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  115. David says:

    Hello Kay, I just received a letter from SS asking me to see the 2 doctors, one Psychiatrist, and a another it says physical, same day, 8am another at 1:30pm. My question is I just received the letter from SS, the app is 9 days from now. The app is for Friday Sept 5th, we will be driving that day back from S.C. Family Reunion. When I call my divisibility reviewer, will they let me reschedule, or have another app? very bad timing! thanks!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear David,

      You can call to ask to have the appointments rescheduled because you have a prior commitment. They may or may not reschedule them. Either way, be sure to attend the appointments.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  116. leigh ann says:

    Hello! I was in an accident 8 moths ago, run kver by a drink driver. Anyhow im on my first appeal i have been left with many life long medical issues and face many surgeries. I still have sacral fractures that will never he and are unopertable. I got the letter for the mental health exam and the apointment was to be today. Well in the mean time i took it upon myself to send any and all medical records they called to inform the got them on friday of last week. It is now thursday and they have called to say they cancelled my appointment and it was no longer needed. The lady couldnt give any other information other than ill get a letter in the mail and my case was going on further to the social security admin. What do you think this means?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Leigh Ann,

      I believe that your claim is being medically approved. (Good job on gathering up the evidence.) The local Social Security office will review the non-medical factors of eligibility and take action to move your claim to payment, assuming that all criteria are met.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • leigh ann says:

        Yay thats what i was thinking too! Thank you for your response. Ive been on my toes for this for months. I even sadly had to return to work even under orders of bed rest just to get buy. I have been put on the indigence program but still have copays i had to cover each week. Its been rough and i struggle just to get in ten hours a week. I cant wait to get that letter. And be told i can stop struggling so much. Now then will i get back pay from the first time i filed or just from my appeal. Thank you again for your response. It seems your site here had helped out many!!

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Leigh Ann,

          Hopefully I am correct in my assessment that you have been approved. Back pay will be based on your original application. You will receive your monthly benefits before you get the back pay. If you applied for Social Security Disability (SSDI), back pay will start with the sixth full calendar month after you became disabled. If you applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), benefits will start the month after the month you applied, unless you applied on the first of the month in which case benefits will start with the month of application.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  117. Tammy Stacey says:

    I applied in May 2014 and I had all of my medical records that I gave them on the day I applied which was a year of medical records. Then my case was sent to quality review. Then they sent me to there eye doctor who said I have sever glaucoma and constriction (which I am applying because of my glaucoma) Then I got a letter stating that I qualify for temporary ssi and got 1 back payment and 1 regular payment which by the way I had a hard time getting because they kept sending it to my old account which was closed. Then I was finally told that my case came back from quality review, but it had mistakes and was sent to the doctor to be fixed. Then I was just told yesterday Aug 19, 2014 that I was denied on the 15th of August. Also in between all this back and forth I was told before my case came back from quality review with mistakes that I was approved. Does something not sound right about this whole thing to you or is this just normal procedure? And if their eye doctor found that I had sever glaucoma and sever constriction, but yet after saying I was approved then saying I was denied very confused?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tammy,

      Usually no payments would be made until the quality review was complete. If you believe that you cannot work, you should appeal the denial. It sounds as if you need legal assistance. 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

  118. Tamika Homesly says:

    Hi I just recently applied for ssd and was stabbed all the way down to the bone with no meat left inside of my arm and caused nerve damage . the area where this happened was right over a tattoo which is kinda good because I took pictures of the injury so they won’t just think its some pictures I’ve stolen or isn’t mine. The tatoo proves it is will it be good to take the pictures to the medical examiner if asked too see one ?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tamika,

      You can take the picture to an independent medical examiner if you are asked to go to one, but the examiner will probably be more focused on any loss of function you currently have.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  119. Vickie Owens says:

    5 years ago I had a major surgery on right rotator cuff and collar bone and received SSD and after 18 months of healing, I went back to work and went off of SSD. I am now more critical with numerous conditions, Crohn’s Disease, A tear in the same shoulder, an ulcerated esophagus, fibromyalgia and arthritis. I have submitted all medical and had to quit work on June 5, 2014. SSD is sending me to a psychiatrist and a DO doctor. Will they take into consideration my age, (57) and my previous claim for SSD along with my medical conditions?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Vicki,

      Your age will be taken into consideration. Specifically, because you are over age fifty, you only have to be disabled from occupations you have performed in the past. You should state that you received Social Security in the past, but your claim will be based on all your current conditions and you must submit all your medical history. Information in your prior claim file will not be accessed if it has been five years or more since you were last eligible for benefits. If it has been less than five years, you might qualify for expedited reinstatement because of the tear in the same shoulder. If so, the five-month unpaid waiting period is waived. If it’s been less than five years since benefits were terminated, contact Social Security and say that you should have applied for expedited reinstatement.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  120. Chan says:

    SSI is sending me to a psychiatrist and a medical doctor, both in the same week.why is this? I suffer from a thoracic herniated disc, which I have been receiving epidural injections from, severe carpal tunnel in both hands which I had surgery on my dominant which made my problems worse, hypertension, IbS-c, severe anxiety, depression, chronic back, leg, hip and foot pain.i am also being referred to a rheumatologist by my neurologist for suspicion of auto immune arthritis. Can you give me some insight on this?? Thanks!! I can’t work due to all this I am so depressed…

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Chan,

      Social Security is sending you to medical and psychiatric examinations to gather information that did not find in your claim file. Be sure to let the claims examiner know that you are going to be evaluated for an autoimmune disorder and that you will give her the date of the appointment as soon as you have it. Then arrange to get a copy of the report to send to the examiner after you see the rheumatologist.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  121. stephanie says:

    I applied in April and have not been rasked to see a Dr my attorney said I should have been weeks ago if I am not sent to a Dr what does this mean?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Stephanie,

      Not all claimants are sent to a doctor. If you have submitted enough information for Social Security to make a decision, they will not ask you to attend an examination. The delay may be that your claim is waiting in line to be reviewed. Sometimes due to large workloads there is a delay before the review begins.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  122. monica flen says:

    Hello,

    I wanted to know for a 6yr old that has been diagnosed with adhd and is receiving medication for this disability in school she is receiving a 504 plan and should she also receive an iep? Also, I want to know if i can apply for ssi for her as well? If so what information would I need?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Monica,

      I am not qualified to comment on whether your child qualifies for an independent educational plan. I suggest that you check with the school district. You can apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to see if she is disabled as defined by Social Security. I suggest that you review the information under the “SSI” tab on the http://www.disabilityadvisor.com website for information about SSI, including the criteria for childhood disability. Submit medical information, mental testing, and any documentation the school district has.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  123. melissa mckinney says:

    Hi my husban has been trying to get ssi for years now. This is the 2nd time he is trying for his heart condition. He appealed their decision because they left out a lot of his medical history. So now they have it but they sent him to a mental exam and the woman he saw said she was seeing if he could handle his own money. I’m just wondering what this means. Did he get approved?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Melissa,

      If the only reason for the mental examination was to evaluate his capability to handle money, then you can expect that his claim will be approved.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  124. Kris says:

    Hi Kay,

    I have 4 herniated disks in Lumbars 3,4,5 & S1. Been to two neurologist, both agree they cannot guarantee surgery to alleviate my pain. I completed 6 weeks of physical therapy, only relief I found was it eliminated all the stiff muscles. Nothing alleviates my pain, except 5-6 times a day laying flat on heat pad. I am currently with a pain management doctor . I have also been diagnosis from my psychiatrist of almost three years with major depression with agoraphobia, panic disorder, and panic attacks. I went for my CE exam today and was pleasantly surprised at the empathy from this complete stranger. At the end of the session, she said “You did good”. Praying this means she supports the Mdd and I see an approval soon. It will be a year in August.

  125. Beverly says:

    I applied for disability in March of 2014, they first sent me a letter wanting me to provide more of my physicians addresses and numbers and I complied. This happened in April. Then in June they sent me to a physical exam doctor and I was waiting on the results from that exam which was on June 16th. Today June 28th I received a letter instructing me I have a mental exam scheduled for July 8th. I thought the reason for being sent to their doctors was not receive medical information. I have been to some form of doctor in the last two years around 50 times or more. I see a neurologist because Its been suspected MS for 10 years. I see a Rheutologist for fibromyailgia ,I have chronic back pain that I get very little help with because doctors simply do not give anything for pain for anymore because of the new laws. I have chronic headaches. I have blood disease. I have third stage kidney disease.And many other things going on. I have not received any denials yet. But my question is why sent me for a mental exam? I do have some memory problems and when I am stressed I have difficulty speaking at time but I do not consider myself depressed, anxiety at times but not depressed. Why would they send me for a mental exam?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Beverly,

      It would appear that Social Security wants to know more about your cognitive (memory and speech) problems.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  126. blaze gilman says:

    Hi I Need to know if you filed for SSI because you have anexity so bad that you don’t leave the house and Don’t associate with the public. and you have mild Bone degenerative disorder. Can you get approved for SSI even If SSI does not requsted you to see their Doctor’s. And I have Limited Doctors records Due to Not leaving my House. And I have No work History at all. And I’m 40 Years Old.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Blaze,

      To be approved for Social Security or Supplemental Security income, you must present proof of disability either from your medical and psychiatric records or by a consultative examination. It is important to let Social Security know that part of your disability is so much anxiety that you do not go out of your house and that is a reason for few medical records. You may be asked to attend an examination and failure to do so may result in your claim being denied. I suggest that you consider asking one or more family members to support you in getting to such an examination by their going with you.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  127. Nija Johnson says:

    I applied for my son for adhd and a speach impairment he was deniedv feb 28 2011 i apealed went in front of alj judge he was sent to a psychological evaluation were the man said nothing was wrong basically but I had notes from teachers,principal,preacher etc supporting our facts along with his doc records so alj said he needed to send him back out so he was sent to a mental exam were he was given wechsler lntelligence test for children forth addition diagnostic impression was Adhd/ borderline intellectual functioning and out of six domains four were marked. Im confuse why would the first person said nothing wrong was allowed to be by video when his findings were two years ago be the expert interpreter for the judge who was still negative. Instead of the mental expert three months ago? I did have an attorney who did get him to say, he sounds like a mild case of adhd with behavior problems he then said no futher questions. I then ask the judge what aboutthe new evidence. Judge said I am who sent you there ITS BEEN 3YEARS WHAT NOW!judge said id have a decision in 1 to 11/2 month. What does sound like

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Nija,

      I can’t say for sure what the judge meant, but I would expect him to consider the evidence that he himself requested. I am not sure what you meant by the judge still being negative; however, if the claim is denied, you can request an Appeals Council review.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  128. shaunda johnson says:

    I have been applying for Social Security since the beginning of 2012 and was denied 3 times already. I have some physical, but more mental illness issues. I have been being treated for my issues for a very long time. I suffer from severe depression, severe anxiety and social anxiety disorder, sleep apnea and insomnia. which I take medicine for to sleep. well after fighting again for the 3rd time, I hope they are finally listening to me. I had questioned, why did they have me go to their independent Psychologist. so I went about 2weeks ago. do you think I have a better chance now to be approved? I will be devastated if they deny me again.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shaunda,

      I do not know whether you will be approved this time; but apparently the examiner thinks there are some questions about your conditions that were not answered in your claim file and is trying to gather more information for a decision.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  129. Jason says:

    Hello I am 70% disabled through the Va. I had a l4 l5 fusion in 09 its not any better and MRI doesn’t show signs of improvement just normal wear and tear from age. I
    I have a plate and screws in my back. They sent me for a examine that lasted 45 min. Also I have PTSD from war. I was sent to a phys doctor. Also surgery on my right knee. I have a off set knee cap. I need a brace for my back and knee. I don’t take meds makes me sick and never helped. Also cronix migrainsm.y forward flrxstion was 5% side was 10% any chance of winning my case 1st time or 2nd time with a lawyer? Thanks.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jason,

      You have multiple conditions that may qualify you for Social Security Disability; however, if you are denied, get an attorney for your first appeal. 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

  130. Kathy says:

    Hello, I have been seeing a dr for right hip pain since june 2013, as when the pain started, I applied for ssd/ssi on the same day in oct of 2013. I was denied the end of dec, and I moved and did a reconsideration, I then have been seeing another ortho who is also saying the same as my original dr 5 states away. I also have terrible mood swings and GAD. I got a letter from the ss office with a dr’s name and number and appointment date and time. So I called and verified the appointment, also found out that I will also be seeing a psychiatrist for the mental part, which I have been and also a counselor. I found out this dr they are sending me to is a pediatrician. Why would they send me to a pediatrician for osteoarthritis, and labral tear? I’m beginning to think this is all a joke and a waste of time, I have all my documentations from the doctors and behavioral health center. So is this a sign that they are just making me do more work just to get denied again? And my current ortho wont prescribe meds and I havent found a family dr that will take my ins. Plus not working I cant afford anything as I have no funds. What do you think?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kathy,

      First, be sure that you should attend the consultative examinations. Failure to do so, could result in a denial I suggest that you also call the Disability Determination Services (SSD) examiner to double check that there is no error in your being sent to pediatrician. Mistakes do occur. If it is not a mistake, as for an explanation for the choice of specialists.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  131. Ruth bennett says:

    I have applied for disibility in Jan-2014. I received a phone call yesterday 3-20 about an appointment to see a social security dr. I have ms & why do I have to see this dr?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ruth,

      Apparently, the Disability Determination Services (DDS) claims examiner didn’t find enough information in your medical records to determine the severity of your MS symptoms and the limitations stemming from them. It is important that you attend the examination and cooperate fully. If you do not, your claim may be denied.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  132. sue says:

    I got a letter from ssi saying they are sending me to s dr.to see how bad my arthritis is…..i had other medical issues wrong with me too….mentally issues …wby didnt they say i need to see a pjyschiatrist? And if they dont think myy arthritis is real bd….can i still get ssi for my other medical issues??

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sue,

      Apparently, Social Security finds that your psychiatric condition alone is not disabling. You could still be approved if they find either that your arthritis is disabling in and of itself or that you have limitations from each condition–arthritis and your mental health diagnosis–that when combined are disabling.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  133. apryl says:

    Hi,
    I am a above the knee amputee and half of my right lung removed. My question is I was approved for ssi 8yrs ago but while I worked I was not advised to switch to ssdi,so my benifits were stopped. I am reapplying and they sent me to a chiropractor and he flat said he dont know why they chose him.

  134. Ronnie says:

    I reapplied after denial from judge in jan 2013. I was ask to go see SS doctors. When I inquired to SS I found out they did not have any of my medical records and as a matter of fact had not received any updated medical information on me since August 2012. I guess my other attorney was not forwarding my medical records, hence one of many reasons for my denial. Anyway, Ss has now received my records pertaining to my Bi polar yet they still want me to go for a physical exam. Is this a good or bad sign? What should I expect? I have medical records of my bi polar since 2009 and have not worked since then. This is my last chance at SS as my insurability date is March 2014. It is very important that I do everything possible to win. Suggestions?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ronnie,

      My suggestions are that you be sure that Social Security has all the medical information that could support your claim (which you apparently have done) and that you attend the examination. Also, if statements have not been obtained from your family and friends, ask them to write observations that they have on how your condition(s) affect your ability to function in daily life. If you have former work colleagues or supervisors who observed you having problems on the job, get statements about what they observed from them too. Lastly, be sure that you have provided a full list of your duties in occupations that you have performed and list which duties you couldn’t perform because of your conditions and why.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • angelia wilds says:

        Kay, my husband has been going through this for 6 years now. 3 years ago he had to do the same thing, go see their doctors. He went to a physical exam today and they could not see him, they said SSI has not sent over the medical records…Why did they not send it, because they sent it 3 years ago. Whats up with that ????????? The lawyer has giving them all the records up to date. Last time it was the heart Dr, Physical exam and mental. This time it was a physical exam and mental exam. We are trying to move and i’m freaking out just another set back, Can u help with this question??????

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Angelia,

          I would guess that someone slipped up in not forwarding the records to the consulting physician and that the physician’s office also slipped up in not cancelling the appointment in advance.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  135. Shawna says:

    I was asked to do a psychological exam however no medical exam was needed. I applied sept 2013 and when I called today (feb 10, 2014) was told I would have answer in next 30 days. I have severe rheumatoid arthritis.
    Is it bad that they do not want me to get a medical exam?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shawna,

      They did not request a medical examination because they believe that your medical records provide an adequate picture of your physical condition. It is likely that the medical information was insufficient to approve your claim based on your arthritis alone and that they are investigating to see if you have mental health limitations as well. If the mental health limitations alone or in combination with your physical limitations indicate that you are disabled as defined by Social Security law, your claim will be approved.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Dennis says:

        From Reading all the materials presented and issues to overcome with SSDI. I sometimes wonder how I got approved the very first time and workers compensation was continuing my Psychologist appointments. I went everyday for 3 years and now once every two weeks. When I first applied I filled out the application and by the way it was like a book after it was done. I then sent it into them and viola I was approved for disability concerning my PTSD. I worked for the state at the time I was nearly beaten to death by a prisoner.

        It only took 30 days for approval. I just received a short form CDR to fill out. I sent it in and they wrote back saying there is no need for review at this time. Not sure what that meant but it was sent to my on my third year collecting. Now I guess it will be another 7 years before I hear from them again. I would be 66 years old and it will turn into regular retirement.

        I also get state disability after three years it will also turn into a retirement. I just don’t understand people with actual physical ailments that are undeniable are taken through SSDI doctors and all I did was schedule myself for an in network workers comp psychologist. I guess SSDI accepted his diagnosis thus keeping me from the SSDI Doctor and allowing my private psychologist for updates.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Dennis,

          It sounds as if you were approved “easily” because you had very frequent and consistent psychiatric care, your mental health care provider kept very good records, and you did a thorough job of completing your application forms.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  136. Laurie says:

    Hi Kay. This is my 1st time applying for PTSD,ADHD, and memory loss. They sent me to their phycologist in December and today when I checked my online status it said I need a amended application. What does that mean and is it a good sign? Thanks so much!!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Laurie,

      I am not familiar with the term “amended application.” I suggest that you call your local Social Security office and talk with the claims representative who is handling your claim to get an explanation and find out what you need to do.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      Sincerely,

      Kay

    • Debra says:

      Ive just gotten the same request. How did yours go

  137. Kim says:

    Hi Kay
    I have a head injury and memory problems. Ssa sent me to a psychiatrist for a memory test. I just received a letter now they are sending me to a psychologist for a more formal memory/ iq test t. Is this a good sign?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kim,

      It is a good sign that they are carefully investigating your claim. It is not, however, an indication of whether or not you will be approved.

      Best regards,

      Kay

      • shon says:

        I had a doctor appt and a physc appt two weeks apt for my mental and physical claim its only been three weeks and I checked yesterday and they said my case was closed and ill get a letter ive been applying off and on for five years they said it’s been reviewed and now closed does that mean they have denied me

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Shon,

          It is likely that your claim has been denied. If it were approved medically and wer pending non-medical factors, it would say “pending.”
          If you really believe you are disabled–unable to perform substantial gainful activity, that is, earn $1,070 gross per month–and have not appealed before, you should request your claim file and read the reasons for the denial. If you still disagree, then you should appeal.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

          • Sean says:

            Well my wife had to go to apt for a ce cause a pysch doctor wanted to revie her case and they had ask me questions about her then took her int he room ask her questions is that good or bad idk t

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Sean,

            The examination seems to have been conducted in a routine manner. I cannot predict whether your wife will be approved or not.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

        • Lupita says:

          I have a same exams coming up. What does these exams entail? Is the physical exam with blood work too?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Lupita,

            The consultative examinations requested by the Social Security Administration are for evaluation purposes only, not for treatment. They usually do not involve blood tests.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

      • marsha says:

        Im 60yrs old been workin sence i was15. In Sept2014 I was diagnosed with severe AR in my right knee. Some days i cant walk. I apply for SSD in Sept2014. They told me i had plenty enough points. they sending me to their doctor for examination of my knee and foot. They have my me c ial re c ords. I didn’t go to the doctor very much, but i been goin to the same doctor sence 1995. Do you think i be aprove

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Marsha,

          Whether or not you are approved will depend on your limitations as related to the job requirements of occupations you have done in the past and also your education, training, and other factors that determine whether at your age you could adapt to a different kind of work.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Sheila K says:

            Hello ! I am 55 years old. I had cervical and lumbar spine surgery in 2014. After the lumbar surgery, I have had partial numbness of my left leg and foot with horrible cramping and stabbing sharp pains. I have spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease. I applied for ssdi in December 2014. I recently was sent for a CE. The doctor I saw was rude, would ask me a question, then cut me off when I was answering. He also acted like he would rather be somewhere else. When he was doing the straight leg test, I told him it hurt but he just kept raising my leg. Everything he had me do, I tried. If I could not do it, he would have me maneuver around until I could come close to doing it. He kept asking my age, which I thought was odd. Any way, my question is do you think he was doing all this (ie I could not squat, so he kept having my spread legs apart until I could almost do it) to say I was perfectly fine and could work? Have you heard of anyone having such a horrid exam like this and the Dr. actually confirming my claim?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Sheila,

            I am not an expert on physical examinations so I really can’t comment on the doctor’s intent or what his report will be. A consulting physician is supposed to be impartial and simply report his findings; he does not make a decision whether to approve or deny a claim. The claims examiner reviews the report and considers it together with all the other information in your claim file to arrive at a decision.

            If you are denied, request a copy of your claim file, which will include the report and the exact reasoning behind the denial. (If you want to appeal, be sure to appeal within the sixty days even if you have not received a copy of your claim file as yet.) If you decide to appeal after reading the decision, I suggest that you obtain a good Social Security lawyer to help you with the appeal. 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 the retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

    • Fred says:

      HI Kim I have quit a few issue that I file a Disability claim for as PTSD, ADHD, DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, Somnia, Altuzm just to a few so SSA SENT ME TO a psychiatrist and I definitely could understand why but about three week after my SSA psychiatrist visit I get a letter from the Disability Determination Service saying that the SSA has forward my disability claim to them for a Determination but after review of my claim they find that a ( SPECIAL MEDICAL EXAMINATION) is needed so they scheduled me an examination but this is not a psychiatrist kinda Dr. I think it’s like a really MD. so I guess what I’m asking is why would they send me to a really MD. and all my disability are to the Psychiatrist type of Dr should I be worried that they my be about to denied me or is this considered normal Thank’s for any response and sorry for the miss spelling of any word another issue of mine if it was not for auto spelling then I would not have got this out

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Fred,

        Perhaps your records indicated the possibility of a physical disability and they want to gather information about that. Be sure to let the disability examiner know about any reading or writing limitations you might have. Do be sure you attend the appointment, but you can also ask why you are being sent to the second doctor, that is, what is being evaluated.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • jamie says:

      i signed up for ssdi in march 2015….i had worked like 16 yrs as a line cook..im only 42 yrs of age and i have copd i went to a pulmonologist…sent by my primary physician….i was put on a series of steroids…and put on 2 new inhalers qvar and spiriva. my fev1 was a 1.5 and im 6″2 at 298 im not really sure what all this means but from what i have read in the ss bluebook i meet the criteria for my ssdi. i also have high blood pressure,high cholesterol..and i have a leg and foot injury due to being shot years ago and i have a bullet in my femur still……i have a great deal of pain daily especially when it rains or its real cold. i have numbess and tingling in my toes and i recently had x rays that also show some digenertive in my hip area from limping and favoring that leg all these yrs. anyhow to make a long story short i was just recently sent for an internal exam and next week im being sent to a mental exam because im on celexa for some depression. which most would have as well if u could no longer breath and work and because of this….i have become homeless….i have not worked since like the beginning of 2013…its been real difficult….anyhow i guess my question is do u think i have a good chance of being approved? ithis is my second go around….last time i applied i didnt have as much concrete evidence…..and or insurance..thanks to a good friend she has helped me this past yr get medical insurance finally and food assist. i go to my family doctor every month for refills on meds including pain meds…and im still following up with the pulmonologist as well….do u think i have a chance this go around with an approval? thankyou

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Jamie,

        Yes, I think you have a chance of being approved for benefits. It will depend in part on your educational background and whether you can perform sedentary jobs. If you are denied, consider appealing with legal help. 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 the retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • jamie says:

          thankyou very much kay for your response i really appreciate it…….on to the waiting lol im ready and will take this information u have given me….also im thankful for my friends help as well…..with her help and your knowledge on this disability stuff i think i have all my ducks in a row lol thanks again and i will post my outcome hopefully soon! have a great memorial weekend!

    • Phillip oduro says:

      Hello mr kay i wanted to ask u if am approve for disability can i travel out of the country for more than three months at a time.and when you collecting disability do they give you appointments to attend.

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Phillip,

        If you receive Social Security, the benefits are payable while you are out of the country, depending on your citizen or alien status and depending on the country you are visiting or residing in.If you are receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), benefits will be suspended if you are out of the country for either a full calendar month or thirty days. Benefits do not resume until you have been back in the U.S. for thirty days. More information is available at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10137.pdf.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  138. My wife went to the SS Doctor more than 3 years ago for her mental health evaluation. When she began treatment at a local mental health clinic, to her surprise her phyciatrist was the same SS Doctor! He worked for both sides, so to speak. For 2 years he signed a form for the welfare stating that she was too mentally I’ll to work but when her case went before the ALJ he testified that she COULD work! How is this possible or legal?

  139. Kay Derochie says:

    Dear Rick,

    The law for welfare payments may be different froom the law for Social Security with different questions being asked. That said,I think your wife needs legal advice from a good Social Security attorney.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>