Has anyone else had this happen to them? In early July, I filled out the initial couple pages of SSA "paperwork" online, and they gave me a deadline of August 23rd to finish the rest of the application - the hard stuff that took hours to do, detailing everything I could/couldn't do, everywhere I'd worked, all of my doctors and diagnoses, etc. I finished the tedious application part of the forms on August 1st, but about a week or so before that, received a letter from the SSA saying that my application was rejected. Yeah, rejected BEFORE they even GOT it. Fortunately, I hired a lawyer who is dealing with the SSA stupidity on my behalf. The SSA, even though they have the original couple of pages of paperwork, wanted me to file again to re-open my claim. Even though my claim was completed August 1, with a deadline of the 23rd...they wanted to stick to their guns about me filing the paperwork again. Again, when they have the original pages, and even by the incorrect deadline date they gave my attorney's office of August 6th, I had STILL filed before then. However, I have the printed out pages from their website with the deadline of August 23rd in black & white. So, when they say they don't automatically reject everybody's first application, they're mostly lying because they've obviously rejected some of us before we even finish filing. It's ridiculous. Maybe someone will be so embarrassed that they'll approve me faster. A girl can hope. I faxed a copy of my doctor's filled out form to my lawyer's office and his paralegal said that this may be the first time that they've gotten their evidence before the file was even open. SSA accidental aberrational error or evidence of insidious incompetence within the whole system?