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SSI or SSD questions....

Posted by Crystal S on 2/05/02 at 18:28 (072688)

Hi I have read on here about some people applying for dissability.How does that work? Is it SSI or SSD? Is it hard to get and what are the requirements regarding foot problems.I am 30 years old and wonder if they would consider me to young or that it is a treatable problem.As most of you know I have had a bad time with my feet and surgery and can't even get to the point of considering the other foot which is in really bad shape too.So lord only knows how long until I can ever go back to work. Thankfully I have a supportive husband but the lack of extra money hurts.Any suggestions? Please let me know how it worked for those that have received dissability or trying to get it.Thanks so much!

Crystal

Re: I'm an SSD applicant, not a doc

BrianG on 2/06/02 at 10:13 (072777)

Hi Chrystal,

I can only speak about SSD, which is Social Security Disabilty. To be elligible, you cannot be expected to work for at least a year. Unfortunatly there is no code for PF. This means you'll have to apply for some different, but related, problems. I went with chronic pain and depression, as well as the PF.

Your age will work against you, the younger you are, the harder it is to get approved. What it comes down to is, can you work? If not, then you should apply. Don't wait too long, as what you will receive is based on your last few years of work. If you wait more than 5 years, you'll receive the minimum. Does your doctor support you? It could be the biggest, single, determining factor in your case.

I'm a big believer in hiring a qualified attorney to help you through the process. They will take 25% of your initial check, if you win. If you loose, they only charge for expenses. Mine told me it would be about $100.

If your interested in a good message board, that can answer most of your questions, send me e-mail, and I'll send you the link. It's hosted by MGH in Boston. Good luck, (email removed)

BCG

PS I can also send you a telephone number for a referrel to a SSD approved attorney. The laws are so complex, it's best to have someone who is a specialist in SSD cases.

Re: I'm an SSD applicant, not a doc

Crystal S on 2/06/02 at 21:01 (072857)

Thanks Brian I will email you!

Re: I'm an SSD applicant, not a doc

BrianG on 2/06/02 at 10:13 (072777)

Hi Chrystal,

I can only speak about SSD, which is Social Security Disabilty. To be elligible, you cannot be expected to work for at least a year. Unfortunatly there is no code for PF. This means you'll have to apply for some different, but related, problems. I went with chronic pain and depression, as well as the PF.

Your age will work against you, the younger you are, the harder it is to get approved. What it comes down to is, can you work? If not, then you should apply. Don't wait too long, as what you will receive is based on your last few years of work. If you wait more than 5 years, you'll receive the minimum. Does your doctor support you? It could be the biggest, single, determining factor in your case.

I'm a big believer in hiring a qualified attorney to help you through the process. They will take 25% of your initial check, if you win. If you loose, they only charge for expenses. Mine told me it would be about $100.

If your interested in a good message board, that can answer most of your questions, send me e-mail, and I'll send you the link. It's hosted by MGH in Boston. Good luck, (email removed)

BCG

PS I can also send you a telephone number for a referrel to a SSD approved attorney. The laws are so complex, it's best to have someone who is a specialist in SSD cases.

Re: I'm an SSD applicant, not a doc

Crystal S on 2/06/02 at 21:01 (072857)

Thanks Brian I will email you!