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1/3/10 9:33 A

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Thanks again to all who offered input into my situation...I really appreciate it! I guess I will do some more research before I decide to do anything. I really can't afford to be "out of work"...I have a child and am currently on food stamps so I barely meet my financial obligations as it is and if I am NOT working I lose my house and my car and I'm out on the street because it's basically just my son and I...no close relatives that could help...so I certainly can't rock my little row boat!

I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year and thanks again for your replies...

Donna



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1/3/10 12:56 A

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Donna,

The $900 is not really true. Any amount above the standard stipend for people not eligible for regular SSDI is counted against you. I believe the figure is in the 700 dollar range. If you currently receive SSDI you can earn an unlimited amount for NINE MONTHS ONLY and then you are determined to not need SSDI any longer. There is a book, red book on social security disability income, which is on-line. I highly recommend you peruse this publication.

My employer hired a lawyer from the onset -- basically so that federal money would pay for my medical leave. All correspondence went to to the lawyer, I just had to sign release of information forms for doctors, clinics, and hospitals. From the medical information social security will determine if you meet the definition of disability. Doctors will never put their practice on the line and make the determination. Doctors only provide information. In fact my orthopedic doc stated he could not make the determination without a functional ability test. I never had one, and the judge determined from my medical records that I was totally disabled before my hearing. So my hearing was just a formality.

You might also contact a Licensed Clinical Rehabilitation Counselor to see if you can glean some information without tipping your hand. Remember as with most things, the people looking at your information are looking for only one thing which will disqualify you. My lawyer always wanted to be sure I was not earning any income whatsoever. This point is one which will disqualify you before the other points come into play. Once you have been determined to be disabled, you may earn some income, but if it is over the substantial gainful activity level, it counts towards your nine month trial work period. The trial work period is any month you earn over the substantial gainful activity amount (amount changes each year). Your trial work period ends after any nine months in a five year period. There is so much involved you really need to seek legal help. Look for a firm which won't charge unless you win.

You can apply, but if you list you are working you will be denied. Most people are denied at first anyway. They know you can't live on nothing, and if you are working because you need the money, you really aren't disabled -- in the SSDI world.

By the way, there are a few diagnoses which put an applicant on the fast track. The diagnoses are usually terminal. You will get a lot of second hand information. It is best to get information specific for your situation. By the way I am a licensed professional counselor who used to work for my state's welfare system. There is tons of misinformation out there. Just don't get caught up in what worked for someone else. Each situation is determined on its own merit.





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1/2/10 11:30 P

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I filed for SS Disability on my own. I sent in every doctor's report, every lab test done, x-rays, MRIs, anything I had done medical. It took about 6 months and I got it. Here you have to take test to see if you may be suitable for another type of job. and then sent to test how you walk, how long you walk, how you stoop down, climb stairs, and things like that. It is like they try to catch you in a lie. I have been on it for about 4 years. I think they have it now where people can work a little. I can't because I can't stand or sit for long.

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Donna I don't know either. I got on disability within 3 months after filing. I also had a job selling tupperware and they didn't allow me back pay except up to the time I sold the tupperware. It would have gone back 3 years but because I sold it, never mind it wasn't much, they only allowed me when I wasn't working and you had to be disabled for at least 2 years after you filed and the doctors testified to it. Hope

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Thanks for all the input so far. Just a couple of things to clarify...first of all my doctor has not said I should apply for disability...in fact even though she KNOWS of all the things I am dealing with and TOLD me I should not be working at my current job due to the fact that continuing to work could KILL me, I don't expect her to be supportive of me in this manner. Secondly, I AM still working at my martial arts school...my boss, the school owner, is just EXTREMELY supportive of my medical situation right now because I have been his student for over 9 years, volunteered at the school for the past 7 years, and have been his employee as Center Manager for almost 2 years. That being said, we have to do ALOT of things to work around my "bad" days to the point that I basically get other people to do what I should be doing until I am able to be "functional" again. As as far as "income" is concerned...I read on one of the many social security/disability websites out there, that SS has a problem if you file for disability and currently earn more than about $900 per month...well, I earn only $800 per month because it's considered a "part time" job, so if THAT figure is true, then that's ONE criteria that I meet...;0)...

My sister who is extremely sick with things other that what I am dealing with, filed for disability YEARS after when she should have tried and after about 5 12 months of waiting, was granted full disability the first time around without the help of any lawyers so I simply don't know where to go from here...

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Hi DONNA......... My answer to you is YES..... I think you should file for disability...... there are lots of people I know that don't have half of what you do...... and their on disability..... I was lucky and got on right away...... my doctor signed the papers.... and it's all up hill from there.... So if your doctor is telling you that you can't work...... It will be easy...... Once your on disability...... if you feel that you can do some other kind of part time work..... just to keep you busy..... then you could do that........ Good luck with it all...

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Hi Donna,

I am on social security disability income, and never wanted to apply. My employer made me apply as I underwent several surgeries and was on medical leave. I still don't know whether I should be glad, or sad, at having been determined totally disabled.

I would recommend getting a lawyer. Everyone (99.9%) is denied at the first go around. Do not earn any money. Social security does not pay for partial disability. Research the internet -- information is available even if at times tedious. You should familiarize yourself with terms such as, substantial gainful activity, trial work period, qualifying for Medicare. The figure is amazingly low to be considered gainfully employed and therefore not eligible for social security disability income (SSDI).


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Hi Donna. Quite a dilemma. I was blessed because the 1st time I applied I was granted full disability. That is rarely the case these days. Do be aware that regardless of how many times you apply, when you are finally approved (assuming the denial is finally overturned) you will get paid retroactively to the date of your initial application. I went through this with my daughter, and ultimately got an attorney to go through with her on the 3rd try, which was successful.

SS will be looking for input from your drs. (the more the merrier) stating the medical reasons you are fully disabled and unable to work. Specialists, like neurologists, carry more weight than Family dr. I don't think that is right, but its real.

I think you should go to SS promptly and apply. You will need to fill out the forms, etc. and get what they ask from you (ie, drs statements) so you really can't start too soon.

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Donna Hello and welcome. to file you have to go down to Social Security and take it from there... If the doctors say you can no longer work.. or if you can work you get partical.. I had to get a lawyer and they help me out .. after I was denied 3 times and my job said I couldnt do the work and the doctors told me the same thing.. Mon would go and apply

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Happy New Year to alll!

I'm not sure if anyone can give me some insight into a question I am debating but I thought it wouldn't hurt to give this a try...

While I am not "officially" identified as disabled, I do think my current medical and physical conditions probably put me in that "catagory" and now I am being encouraged by many to actually file for disability but I'm not sure if it is the path to follow.

Not to bore anyone with my medical history, but the things I am dealing with include Deep Vein Blood Clots, Superficial Blood Clots, Varicose Veins, Degenerative Disc Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hiatal Hernia, High Blood Pressure, Carpal Tunnel, Irregular Heart Rhythm, Severe Endometriosis, Moderate Sleep Apnea, and Factor 5 Leiden Mutant Gene Blood Disorder.

Before last July I was pretty much able to be "fully functional" at whatever jobs I was doing (office work and then helping to run a martial arts school) without too much pain and not on any medication. From July 09 until now I have been forced (due to very recent serious medical conditions) to completely stop all my training and reduce my ability to effectively do my current job by about 75%. My doctor is telling me I will no longer be able to continue in my current profession (martial arts instructor) if it involves jumping, kicking, punching, twisting, or getting hit in ANY manner as I could die (does she not know what I DO for a living? ;0) and I can't do any type of prior work that I am qualified to due because of my back and leg...

So my question to this group, whom I believe are EXPERTS on what a person is capable of doing within limitations, is this...would I be wasting my time trying to attempt to file for "official" disability? Right now I have MANY bad days each week where I can't stand or sit or basically move around for long periods of time without tremendous pain or developing blood clots and making numerous trips to either the doctor or the ER...and I'm wondering how am I supposed to be able to hold down a job when I can't "function" alot of days for a whole 8-9 hours at a time that ANY job would require me to do??

I apologize in advance for seeming to ramble but I am frustrated and trying to figure out just what the heck am I going to do with my life now that I have been given a BRICK WALL to overcome??

Thanks for listening,

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