Just applied for an appeal

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Cole1983, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. Cole1983

    Cole1983 New Member

    So i got denied for SSI in october and I just filled out the appeal application online. Is it just me or is it really repetative?? Does anyone have any advice on the hearing or how long it takes for them to set a date for one?? Will I be waiting a long time just to be seen?? Im just so in need of money since I havent worked in 2 yrs that i just wanna keep the process rolling. Thank you for all your help. ((((HUGS)))

  2. FibroFay

    FibroFay New Member

    I don't know the answers. But I wanted to wish you the very best. Be persistant. I do know that anything having to do with SSI is like pulling teeth! Hang in there. I'm pulling for you.

    ((((Hugs Back))))
  3. Cole1983

    Cole1983 New Member

    Hey thanks for some information. I figured that it would take that long for a hearing. I dont have a house i live with my parents cause i cant work and stuff but i still have bills to pay. I will keep trying forever if i have too. Thanks again everyone.

  4. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Looks like you got some valuable info from Caledonia. The statistics show
    you should have an attorney. Pro Health used to recommend Scott

    I looked at his site. Says he now takes only cases from AZ and NV. If
    you want the name of an attorney for some other state, you might be able
    to get one by posting on the disability board. Have you been there?

    Good luck to you

  5. Cole1983

    Cole1983 New Member

    Im actually getting a list of Attorneys from my advocate at welfare that is helping me get the benefits. She is really good. Iv been researching tho.
  6. Rockismom

    Rockismom New Member

    After working the same job for 20+ years, going to part time for two and hardly being able to function at home or at work, with relunctance and gentle pushing from my husband I finally decided it was time to let go of my job and file.

    It has been only three months since and I also just received the infamous "denial letter". My SSD Office sent me an Appeal form AND Reconsideration form. Am I to file BOTH of these at the same time?

    Also, can anyone offer advise on how to go about finding an attorney for SSD
    I know these SSD issues should be posted on the Disability Forum and I have posted there in the past but doing so seems to be a mute point for some reason.

    Thank you and blessings to all!
    [This Message was Edited on 12/23/2009]
  7. Rockismom

    Rockismom New Member


    Good luck with this!

    Please keep us updated on how your process is going.

  8. Rockismom

    Rockismom New Member

    Do you think your advocate could offer a list to those in other areas/states? Or advise on how we can get this information?

    Thank you and God Bless!
  9. MKate

    MKate New Member

    Hi Nicole

    I filed last January. Got denied by end of May. Found an attorney - he filed the appeal and got the case moved out of my county - to another part of the state....he said from the time of my first denial he expected it to take about another 18-22 months. By February 7th he'll be sending me the "functional disability" forms for my doctors to fill out and return....I suppose it'll be another year or so from that??? Could be less, I don't know.

    He also could have placed it on a "fast track" but he recommended not to do that. He'd like more time to build the medical file on me (however, my case doesn't have alot -- I have fatigue - proved recently by the UOP-PFL....but not anything else that "shows" on regular tests. It's going to be difficult to win - don't know if he knows how difficult!

    Many times - however - he's told me that its in HOW the answers are completed. And yes - it is repetitive. Once it gets to the judge - however - NEW ballgame and the decision is ALL in that one person's hands. No guarantees. He says that the judge often times won't even read the reports - but will read your medical files and make up their own mind. What you want is a hearing before and judge - -bring your witnesses -- and hope the judge asks very good questions......also you must learn how to give short Yes/No definitive answers -- affirming details of functional losses.

    I don't do that really well - trying to practice.

    I hope that helps. I think you should find an attorney who gets paid only once you win. They must work for you and wait to be paid based on winning your case and take a percentage....worth it if they know what they're doing. NOt worth it if you don't get a highly recommended specialist in disability.

    CAll you States Insurance Advocate to find out whom they might recommend - or call local attornies to see if they know who wins disability cases -- other attornies may or may not know of any, but it's worth the effort to ask.

  10. cerise

    cerise New Member

    Do you have an attorney? It is ridiculously repetative! It depends on where you are located & what their case load is as to when you will get a date. Don't give up! That is their entire objective is to wear you down with time & lack of funds that you will throw the towel in. That's why it is such a long drawn out process.

    It took me 12 years! I went before the federal court twice. The last time, I was awarded full benefits from the date I filed my claim. It drained me of every penny I had ever saved & left me in debt. Now I can barely afford my meds & co-pays on Medicare.

    Good luck & hang in there!

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