Anyone familiar with SSD at the Federal level?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by foxglove9922, Sep 29, 2005.

  1. foxglove9922

    foxglove9922 New Member

    My 17 year old daughter who will be 18 in a few days is horribly ill with CFS. I applied for adult dependent SSD for her 3 months ago.

    We were sent to two of SSD's doctors, both of whom declared her completely disabled. I called last week to see how her case was coming and was told that her case was randomly picked for Federal review and there is no telling how long that will take and nobody for me to contact.

    I wonder if she was "randomly" picked due to her young age as it may be a possibility that she could be on the SSD rolls for 50 years or more.........I truly hope not.

    Should I be getting a lawyer to follow up at this point?

    Anyone ever go through this stage? Any advise would be appreciated.............foxglove
  2. JLH

    JLH New Member

    My SSDI application was also "randomly selected" to be audited. I live in Kentucky, and my file was sent to Atlanta, GA for auditing.

    I truly believed that mine WAS randomly selected. I kept asking myself, though, "Why ME?!!!!!!"

    This was my first application, and even with the additional review, I still received a favorable reply in just 4 months!

    However, I, too, would feel, if I were you, that it might have something to do with her age, and the fact that you are asking for "adult dependent SSDI".

    Why are you asking for it this way? Will you get a check for taking care of her, too, by asking for it to be classified this way?

    Since she will be 18 in a few months--probably by the time they evaluate her application--why not just let HER apply as an adult? Does it matter that she is still living at home? I had a niece who had terminal cancer for 3-4 years who was in her 20's and she lived at home for her parents to take care of her. She just received normal SSDI, and continued to live at home until she died.

    Do you provide more than 50% of her daily care?

    Did she attend a public or private high school, or a special high school for the disabled? Did she require daily assistance while attending school? How did she get back and forth to school? Walk? Drive? Bus?

    These are some of my questions that came to my mind, so the Soc Sec evaluators probably thought of the same ones--only more! So, if she is rejected, and you have to re-apply, remember to think of addressing these issues.

    Personally, I do not feel that you need to rush out and get an attorney until after you see the reply from Social Security. She may get approved, like I did after my review, then you wouldn't need one!!!

    You mentioned that the SS docs said she was disabled, how about your daughter's primary care physician, and any other specialists, like rheumies, etc.? Does she see them often? What was their opinions? What meds do they have her on? Do they have her on a physical therapy program?

    It is normally hard to get disability when you are under 50, let alone when you are 17 and have never worked yet! Since she wasn't born with any physical or mental disability, you may have a hard time ahead of you trying to prove that there is not any type of job at all that she could do, or even work from home. I am not trying to be negative here, just thinking ahead on what you might be facing. I certainly hope not, for your daughter's sake.

    Hope you hear something soon! Good luck to your daughter.
    Janet
  3. foxglove9922

    foxglove9922 New Member

    Well, I found both of your replies quite encouraging considering you both had favorable decisions.

    The reason for Adult Dependent SSD is because she's only worked 2 partime jobs in her life very briefly and was fired from both because of her health issues. She is far too ill to be dependable.

    I get under a $1,000 a month from SSD and that is too much for her to qualify for SSI. Since her work record only includes a few months, she does not have enough quarters in for SSD therefore she is dependent on me for housing, food, clothing, and meds which far outways the pitiful amount SSD gave me but at least it helped.

    She is trying to take 6 credit hours of college 3 days a week and has already missed 3 classes due to CFS. It takes all she's got to get ready, go to school and then she comes home and is in bed all day. She has no life outside of the home as her CFS is quite severe.

    She managed to graduate high school with the aid of home bound tutoring in her senior year. It was a tremendous moment in both out lives when she walked across that stage and got her high school diploma (she has OI and going through a 3 hour graduation we feared would be difficult but she made it!)

    What bothers me, is that I have no way to follow up and see what's happening. Do you think it's premature to consider hiring a lawyer to help me out? I was thinking about waiting until the 6 month mark and if I couldn't get any answers, then trying to follow up.

    She sees a regular doctor who is very familiar with her CFS and Raynaurds and has given her a handicap pass so she doesn't have to park far away from the buildings at college and she also is being treated by a tremendously wonderful CFIDS specialist in Manhattan.

    Many thanks to all the responded.....please keep your fingers and toes crossed for us........we're financially holding on by a thread........foxglove
  4. 69mach1

    69mach1 New Member

    i would atleast a call and attorney and find out if they can and will take it all the ways to federal level of appeal/they don't get paid if you don't win.

    also you can get some advice about her going to college while applying. will it go against her and get denied. these attorneys no these judges and the laws.

    call it is a free phone.


    jodie