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Old 04-24-2012, 12:23 PM   #1
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Should I file for SSDI????

I'm 55 years old and have worked at the same company for 31 years. After being rated by the VA at 60% 17 years ago, I was recently increased to 100% Permanent &Total disability with SMC Housebound status (100% P&T on left leg, and 100% P&T on right leg). Recurrent DVT's, PVD, Massive Board Like Edema, on blood thinners for life, etc.

I'm currently still trying to work but my legs really give me fits and I'm constantly concerned about suffering a laceration of some kind and bleeding to death due to the blood thinners. However, I have a wife and 4 school aged kids who are very expensive so I need the income.

Should I file for SSDI? If so, can I file while I'm still working, then retire if and when I'm approved? What are my chances of success here? And finally, can my VA primary care doctor submit any of the required paperwork to the SSA, or does it need to be from my civilian doctor?

Thanks in advance for your opinions!

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Old 04-24-2012, 02:02 PM   #2
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See this: Social Security Publications
and this: Get a Publication

The first link is for "Disability" benefits while working and the second is for "SSI" benefits while working. "SSI" is for low income people with few resources. "Disability" is the standard disability insurance benefit from Social Security.

Click on the "Disability" tab or the "SSI" tab for more information about each program.

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Old 04-24-2012, 02:45 PM   #3
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I can't speak about your specific case, but in general Social Security is reputed to routinely deny initial SSDI applications. In my prior job I had some contacts for lawyers who specialize in representing SSDI applicants.
If you want a name, reply or send me a PM. I'll then follow up with a former co-worker and get you the info.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:57 PM   #4
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The stories I've heard from people seeking SSDI is that it's a long, frustrating process with a lot of denials and appeals... and sometimes finally successfully getting through. If this were my situation, I'd probably bite the bullet and lawyer up for the fight.
"Hey, for every ten dollars, that's another hour that I have to be in the work place. That's an hour of my life. And my life is a very finite thing. I have only 'x' number of hours left before I'm dead. So how do I want to use these hours of my life? Do I want to use them just spending it on more crap and more stuff, or do I want to start getting a handle on it and using my life more intelligently?" -- Joe Dominguez (1938 - 1997)
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:29 PM   #5
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I am told that after age 50 the likelihood of success improves. That said many people need to use lawyers. The process is completely independent of VA disability, and much stricter. That said your VA records will probably be helpful.
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:40 PM   #6
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This forum has lots of information regarding SSI/SSDI. There is a lot to read there and people that are familiar with the subject.

Social Security Disability Facts Forum - Index
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:06 PM   #7
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my understanding is you have to leave your job due to the disability. See the 5 steps for determining if you are disabled. Step 1 says:

If you are working in 2012 and your earnings average more than $1,010 a month, you generally cannot be considered disabled.
I believe the work trial program referred to earlier is to help you get back to work once you are deemed to be disabled.

Also, the SS handbook has information on how to apply for SSDI, the appeals process etc. Appeals is section 525-538. Chapter 6 in its entirety is about determining if you are disabled, section 600-623. You'll most likely need a lawyer.
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:20 AM   #8
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I would second the recommendation to hire an attorney that specializes in SS disability. Their fees are regulated, reasonable and IIRC only taken when the outcome is successful.
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:06 AM   #9
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+1. Best advice so far.
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I would second the recommendation to hire an attorney that specializes in SS disability. Their fees are regulated, reasonable and IIRC only taken when the outcome is successful.

Very conservative with investments. Not ER'd yet, 48 years old. Please do not take anything I write or imply as legal, financial or medical advice directed to you. Contact your own financial advisor, healthcare provider, or attorney for financial, medical and legal advice.
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