FINALLY a hearing date!!!!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by jmq, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. jmq

    jmq New Member

    Oh my....I am a bundle of nerves. I have waited so long for the hearing to come and now I am petrified! I was noticed that it is set for August 17th. What if I do not get approved! The representative from Allsup will call me a few days before the hearing to prepare for it. His last name is PAINE...maybe that is a good sign! LOL

    So, I am in South Florida. I am set before Judge Robert Gill. If anyone knows this Judge or can give me advice...I would greatly appreciate it.

    [This Message was Edited on 06/20/2009]
  2. Debra49659

    Debra49659 New Member

    bumping to first page

  3. jmq

    jmq New Member

    I am hoping someone will have some words of wisdom and encouragement for me. I am so scared that I will not be approved and I REALLY need it!
  4. Debra49659

    Debra49659 New Member

    I'm not in Florida but I did just have a hearing in May in which I won with the main diagnosis of Fibromyaglia :) I can't tell you the relief that goes along with that decision. I was hoping that you might get some responses from those using Allsup or in Florida but I thought I chime in. Maybe keeping this on the first page will help :)

    Anyway, please don't worry about the hearing to much, in fact I didn't prepare at all. I thought that if I was able to answer the judges questions and not sound prepared maybe that would help. I met with my attorney the day of the hearing, and she also called me after we received the hearing notice. And so told me what to expect...questions that the judge may ask, who would be in the room, that kind of stuff.

    The judge reviewed my file on the record and ask me if that was correct. He ask me a few questions that I can't, and the big one how my illness would affect my working at the last job I held...after I answered he asked the guy that is there that says if there is any job you could do with your stated disabilities. He said no...and the judge said on the record that I was approved.

    My judge was very kind and didn't pressure me to answer quickly, he let me get up when I needed to, that kind of stuff, I am thankful for that.

    Anyway, try not to worry and if you have any questions I would be happy to answer if I can:)

  5. jmq

    jmq New Member

    I realllllly appreciate you sharing your hearing story. Did you have an attorney? That is the main worry I have. I have heard Allsup knows what they are doing....but being an ex-paralegal, I get worried if they really know the Judges and laws as well as an Atty. I also know there are alot of attorneys that suck too!!! LOL

    Any ways, Aug 17 cant get here fast enough!!!

  6. Debra49659

    Debra49659 New Member

    All I have to say about Allsup is that they give up too soon. Allsup dropped me as a client because they said I was too young and that I didn't have enough documentation. Well apparently I did :)

    However just as there are attorneys that are not so great, I'm thinking that Allsup must have representatives and I had one. Many here have had good results with Allsup so don't worry!

    I had a really terrific attorney and I would recommend her in a heart beat. She has obviously been before my judge before because she was just really calm and confident. That made me feel better.

    Remember that attorneys and representatives won't take you case if they don't think they can win so your rep must feel confident about it, you should as well, least try :)

    I'm here for you if you need me, now go take a nap and stop!


  7. S-Elaine

    S-Elaine Member


    FIRST, would it be helpful if everyone from the ProHealth Message Board goes with you to the Hearing????

    We could quietly sit in the background!

    I never had a Hearing, yet my Older Brother did.

    He did work with Binder & Binder, and the Hearing was very easy he said.

    The Judge called him to take the Stand & he was simply asked ---- "So, you were not working from ______ to ________ due to your major back surgery? Are those dates correct??"

    That was it & he won.

    He just replied "YES."

    On the serious side, I'd bring a copy of my medical records & if you have a list of prescriptions or a list of ALL doctors you have been seen by, then I'd just tuck that in a small brief case. (ONLY take it out, if asked. You do not want to give the impression of "overly organized".)

    Make sure you do NOT look overly pulled together. I know, the shame of it, we get judged on our appearance.

    Anytime I need to go to my local SS Disability office, I pull my hair back, wear my glasses & NO make-up.

    Walk very slow & toss in a limp if you need to.

    My former Specialist would go to Court with a patient if necessary. If you are very "foggy-headed" that day, just let the Judge know and speak from you heart if you are able to answer more than a "YES" or "NO".

    Best of luck!
    == Elaine
  8. jmq

    jmq New Member

    Went to see my Rhuemy today who is helping me with the disability claim. Anyway, I told him

    about the hearing coming up and he told me to use a cane and put an arm brace on!!! He said

    that you need to reallllly play up how sick you are! I couldnt believe a doctor was even telling

    me that. where in my records does it say I use a cane...and when I went to the SS doctors, I

    did not have one. Do you think I should use one!? I feel so ashamed to have to do or ask this.

    It sickens me to think just my records of years of pain and medications may not be enough!

    Please let me know what you think.

  9. S-Elaine

    S-Elaine Member


    Yes, I know this is such a SHAME, we have to come up with "proof" of our conditions.

    I would NOT go along with what your doctor is suggesting --- simply because it is not documented any where & it would look "suspicious". A bad suggestion from your Rheumy.

    The Doctor should have made the suggestion to you many months ago regarding the Cane.

    I 100% do NOT agree with wearing an "Arm Brace". What would that be for and it would look odd. We need more like a "whole body brace", yet don't have one.

    FOCUS on the now and the way the SS Doctors saw you during your exam.

    Based on what the SS Doctors reported ---- that is why you are having this Hearing ---- so that is GOOD NEWS.

    Those doctors must have reported some medical illnesses; otherwise, you would have received a "DENIED" letter.

    Go to the Hearing and dress down. No need to put much time in trying to "pull yourself together" because that will go AGAINST you.

    Yes, it is a shame, our pain and endless amounts of medication is not enough.

    I personally feel so bad when I have to go to my local SS Disability office and "look the part" of a person with medical conditions. Unfortunately, they judge us on APPEARANCE and dismiss us if we look Healthy. As you know, most people just look at us & ASSUME we are fine because we look OK.

    Stay STRONG and keep HOPEFUL.

    Take care,
    == Elaine
  10. nitedreamer

    nitedreamer New Member

    I havent had my hearing as of yet, but I did bookmark this page.
    If you type your judges name in, it will give you the % of approved/disapproved cases.

    Hope the best for you.
  11. nitedreamer

    nitedreamer New Member

    bumping for the weekend
  12. Engel

    Engel New Member

    I haven't been on here in a long time but have been basically "following" you in this process. I think we have the same LTD carrier (if my poor boggled brain remembers correctly) but I couldn't get ALLSUP referred by them and ended up with Crowe Paradis. I got my 3 denials and was told in January 2009 it would be another 12-18 months for a hearing.

    I am truly happy that your hearing is finally going to happen. I know how frustrating this has been for you. Just hang in there sweetie!!! You are almost there! ((((((( hugs )))))))
  13. jmq

    jmq New Member

    Nitedreamer...thank you for bumping this and telling me about that great web site! It is a bit confusing for me and my brain fog to understand all the different categories...the bottom line is my Judge seems to be at about 60-70% on the approval rate. That does not seem very high to me. I guess it is if you see the glass half full or empty..LOL....right now I am just too scared to think about it.

    Engel ....HI!!! Yes I remember you too. Our paths have been so similar. I stopped working in March 2007 and the hearing is set for August 2009. Maybe you will be getting a notice soon too! I hope so. We need to be DONE with this stress. Thank you for checking in :)


  14. Engel

    Engel New Member

    (((((((( BIG HUGS JMQ )))))))) I will be praying for you dear.

    I think my day in court is still a long way off. When did you get your 3rd denial? I got mine as a Christmas present and the reps I have to use didn't get an appeal filed until sometime in January 2009 and told me 12 - 18 months for a hearing date! That is just ridiculous but it is what it is :-(

    At least your wait is almost over now. Best wishes!