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Thu Oct 29, 2015, 11:58 AM

they denied my hubbys claim. I'm so

depressed I'm in tears. I've been working 2 jobs just to make ends meet. My hubby has a permanent trach tube, disintegrating larynx and depression/anxiety issues, but they think he can work???

This is messed up. I'm lost.

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Reply they denied my hubbys claim. I'm so (Original post)
Saphire Oct 2015 OP
Teagan Oct 2015 #1
daleanime Oct 2015 #2
patricia92243 Oct 2015 #3
madamvlb Oct 2015 #4
Teagan Oct 2015 #5
procon Oct 2015 #6
AndreaCG Oct 2015 #7
happyslug Nov 2015 #8
Saphire Nov 2015 #9
thucythucy Dec 2015 #12
Name removed Nov 2015 #10
mackerel Nov 2015 #11

Response to Saphire (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2015, 12:01 PM

1. Appeal and get a disability lawyer

 

They always (most of the time) deny initial claims. Lawyer up, and most disability lawyers will get it for your husband.

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Thu Oct 29, 2015, 12:05 PM

2. ........

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Response to Saphire (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2015, 12:08 PM

3. You pay lawyer a certain percent - ONLY if you win. So, you can't lose by

getting one.

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Response to Saphire (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2015, 12:17 PM

4. I agree you need to get a lawyer, asap.

You need to take a deep breath and get some support. Caregiver support is critical for your sanity. Taking care of your hubby, working two jobs is sure to cause some major depression. Please make sure to seek some time/help for yourself. I know it's hard, most of us have been there. Please stay strong.

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Response to Saphire (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2015, 12:21 PM

5. Quacker's excellent OP should help you with the process

 

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Response to Saphire (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2015, 12:34 PM

6. Denials are common.

Get a lawyer and let him fight for you so you can take care of your DH, and yourself, too.

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Response to Saphire (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2015, 05:05 PM

7. Yes if you don't have a good lawyer it's tough

I got it on my first application but probably in large part because the application was written by a medical student while I was on the psych ward this spring. Also a good lawyer. If you're in the NYC/LI area I'll be happy to give you the lawyer's name.

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Response to Saphire (Original post)

Tue Nov 3, 2015, 10:47 AM

8. File the appeal and then get a lawyer

 

The SSA Appeal forms are here:

https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ha-501.html

The Actual 'Request for a hearing" form:

https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ha-501.pdf

All you have to do is fill in the name, address and Social Security Number, as to the question "4. I REQUEST A HEARING BEFORE AN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE. I disagree with the determination because:" Just say "I am still disabled".

The sooner the appeal is in, the quicker you will have the hearing. Once the appeal has been filed then look for an attorney.

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Response to Saphire (Original post)

Tue Nov 3, 2015, 01:12 PM

9. thank you, everyone, for your advise. much appreciated.

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Response to Saphire (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 1, 2015, 05:42 PM

12. Please let us know how this turns out.

I know so many people who've been through this process, and it's always stressful, hard, even cruel. It's like whoever came up with this process deliberately set out to make sure only the tenacious survive.

I agree with all the advice given here--get an attorney, file an appeal. EVERYONE I know who has filed for either SSI or SSDI was turned down at first, including a spinal cord injured quadriplegic. I really believe they just deny everyone, figuring if you don't appeal then you really don't need it. Messed up, I know.

Please check back to let us know the outcome, and please please please take care of yourself.

I'll be thinking of you.

Best wishes.

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Sat Nov 21, 2015, 09:41 PM

11. What stage of the claim are you in? If you're at the reconsideration stage

see if you can get a medical source statement from his doctor. If his doctor is willing to grade his limitations it would really help his claim. Like everyone else said consult an attorney but please do not go with an internet attorney or a 1-800 attorney. Stay local, someone who knows the ALJ's in your area in the event you have to request a hearing. If you're having trouble finding an Attorney in your area contact NOSSCR (National Organization of Social Security Claim Representatives) they have a referral list. You can also contact your county BAR Assoc. they also have a referral list.

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