More Questions From SS, Any Advice?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by BlueSky555, May 4, 2006.

  1. BlueSky555

    BlueSky555 New Member

    I know that someone posted something here about using extra space to complete answers or NOT to use more space. Can't find it and can't remember. I received a form from SS needing more information regarding my case. The usual like, explain illnesses, affecting sleep, housework/laudry/etc. and you know the rest, I'm sure.

    Anyone have any advice as to how I should answer these? I realize I need to be honest but didn't know if they need short answers or specific ones. Also, can't remember anything I put on the initial application. Is that a problem?

    Thanks to anyone's advice/opinion,

    Take Care,

    BlueSky555
  2. twerp

    twerp New Member

  3. BlueSky555

    BlueSky555 New Member

    I don't think I'm going to get any responses. This has happened to me before.

    Anyway, I'll do the best I can. It's a from from SS Voc Rehab asking for more info about daily activities and I didn't know if I should be brief or specific; didn't want to make someone tired of reading at the SS office.

    Again, thank you twerp,

    BlueSky555
  4. suzette1954

    suzette1954 New Member

    everything that you have trouble with. Everything!! Do you have trouble opening jars or turning on the water? Do you have to wear slip on shoes? Do you have a cane or have balance problems? Everything you can think of- the list will be long. Are you depressed? Do you have memory problems now? I had to write down everyones phone # in a spiral notebook by the phone. A 51 yr old should not have to do that.

    You need to find help with the SSD. Hire a lawyer or talk to someone who has done it on their own. We have some on here who have been trying for yrs and keep getting turned down. The co I worked for hires a company to do ours for SSD. Mine is now going to the judge for the 1st time. If he turns it down, I think that is when I have to go before him. It makes me nervous just thinking about it. I cant imagine doing this on my own.

    Suzette
  5. BlueSky555

    BlueSky555 New Member

    That's the kind of answer I needed; the activities and what I needed to kinda go by.

    I think that a Drs. statement, if specialist, is a GREAT asset to the case. So good luck with yours and I'm sure I'll get to that stage one day. I know I will be a nervous wreck when I have to go in front of a judge.

    Let me know how yours turns out.

    Good Luck!

    BlueSky555

  6. justlooking

    justlooking New Member

    I wrote everyting first on a pad of paper and then re-wrote it on the SSDI paperwork. It took more energy and more time but I was able to take the necessary info from my garbled thoughts and put it more precisely on the SSDI paperwork. Once you write something on the paperwork, you can't take it back or erase it and whatever you write can help or hurt your case.
    Also don't rush in filling out the paperwork as you may make errors in judgement, wording and information. Take all the time they give you.
    It took me several days to write mine and my husband helped because I couldn't write for too long and my brain would fry out from thinking too much...this is why writing it on a separate piece of paper first helped me. By doing this I was able to write it out at different times of the day as the answers came to me. It helped me organize my thoughts and made the paperwork less messy and stressful.

    It also gave me a copy of what I had written on my paperwork so when they sent me additional paperwork to fill out I could remember (and see) exactly what I had written. It is very important not to lie or exaggerate on your paperwork because if you can't remember what you wrote and say something different in the future it could sink your case.

    Good luck in the process. It can be long and stressful, if you can find a lawyer to assist you at this stage, it may be helpful to you and your case.

    Sincerely
    JL
  7. deb06

    deb06 New Member

    You do want to be detailed. However- DON't write a book.Keep answers brief as possible. I made this mistake on my first case- and learned from it. You will never win your case on what you put down- but you can easily lose your case.... Answer as if you were having a BAD DAY. You would be having a bad day every day if you were working full time. Scott Davis has GREAT and 100% true advise on this prohealth website. Mention how long it took to fill out the forms. No not right what you can do- stick to what you can't do and how it has NEGatively affected your life.

    I did this on my second case and WON. I lost my first case because I went into detail and thought that if I were to explain in total detail that I would win. That was the biggest mistake I made. It cost me about 40,000 dollars, and about 4 years of hell. Deb
  8. springrose22

    springrose22 New Member

    Be specific. Marie