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  • Has anyone been denied SSDI
  • Posted: 2007-09-02 16:54:47 By Sharmese A

  • Hi All,

    Has anyone been denied SSDI due to RP, if did you appeal it and did it held? After the appeal did you win and start receiving SSDI? I don't know what to do I applied for SSDI, on April 1, 2007 and just this weekend I received a letter stating "I am not disabled under their rules". On March 27, 2007 I took the Goldmann field test (i think that what its called) and the next day my low vision specialist called and told me that my test came back not good declaring me "Legally Blind". So the low vision specialist sent the results to my Retina Specialist and they both said the same thing and told me to STOP driving because i could seriously injure/kill someone. Seeings how my job is 45mins.-1hour away from my home, I resigned from my job and applied for SSDI. I really don't know what to do. Can someone please help me with any suggestions.

  • Re: Has anyone been denied SSDI
  • Posted: 2007-09-02 18:56:47 By Darran Z
  • Appeal the decision. That happens often. On the appeal, 95% of the time you get approved. That's all you can do. YOu can also request the medical documents they obtained (when they sent you for testing). But that is all you can do.

  • Re: Re: Has anyone been denied SSDI
  • Posted: 2007-09-02 20:26:14 By Marisa P
  • I agree with Darran. Although they will send you to their own doctors, give them all the documentation you can stating that you are legally blind. That should mean that your visual field 20 degrees or less or your visual acuity is 20/200 at best.
  • Re: Has anyone been denied SSDI
  • Posted: 2007-09-03 10:42:01 By Barbara C
  • Sometimes they don't even look at your medical records before turning you down.... That you worked up until you filed may also have triggered a negative response....
  • Re: Re: Has anyone been denied SSDI
  • Posted: 2007-09-03 11:37:52 By Marisa P
  • True, but the more documentation you produce, the mmore proof that can help you fight the case as they can compare those records with whatever their doctor has produced. I have known people who have filed right after quitting their job and they didn't get turned down...In fact, they got it faster than I did and I hadn't worked for almost two years before I applied so there has to be more than that.
  • Re: Re: Re: Has anyone been denied SSDI
  • Posted: 2007-09-03 16:17:18 By Barbara C
  • Marisa, I don't think there is any consistency. and that's why I'd recommend using an attorney even though I didn't.
  • Re: Re: Re: Re: Has anyone been denied SSDI
  • Posted: 2007-09-03 17:02:44 By Marisa P
  • I guess it's like anything related to the government. However, I would think twice before getting an attorney because I have heard of cases where they keep 40% of the retroactive pay and they don't do anything one cannot do alone. So, again, I would take all medical test results and provide them with the names of all doctors that know abut your condition and can provide information as needed. In my case, they even contacted the audiologist. Although I have Usher, I was filing for SSDI because I am legally blind. I must also say that I kept close contact with the case worker working on my case to make sure that she had the information needed and provided her wirth what she needed. It's a separate agency that approves the disability rather than Social Security itself so who knows what goes on there.
  • Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Has anyone been denied SSDI
  • Posted: 2007-09-03 20:30:16 By Barbara C
  • In my case, the caseworker never returned my calls, so keeping in close touch was out of the question!
  • Re: Has anyone been denied SSDI
  • Posted: 2007-09-04 09:41:10 By Sharmese A

  • Thanks everyone for your help. I will definately be appealing the case. I will keep you all posted.

  • Re: Re: Has anyone been denied SSDI
  • Posted: 2007-09-04 10:43:03 By Marisa P
  • Good luck. Be persistent and everything will work out as long as you meet the legal blindness requirement and you have contributed your share to SS. If you don't hear from the caseworker who determines the disability, call SS and they can check as to what is going on. They actually encouraged me to call and stay on top of it as they feel cases sometimes get put on the back burner or get lost.
  • Re: Re: Re: Has anyone been denied SSDI
  • Posted: 2007-09-05 10:11:36 By Sharmese A
  • Hi Marisa,

    Thanks for the response. I do plan to stay on top of it. I called yesterday to have the appeal process started and I also called for my medical records from my low vision specialist. I'm just having a hard time getting information from someone from SS. There are statements on my denial letter that I don't understand. Like this:
    The Disability Rules
    You must meet certain rules to qualify for disabled worker's social security benefits. You must have the required work credits and your health problems must;
    keep you from doing any kind of substantial work (described below), and
    last, or be expected to last, for a least 12 months in a row, or result in death.

    Information About Substantial Work
    Generally, substantial work is physical or mental work a person is paid to do. Work can be substantial even if it is part-time. To decide if a person's work is substantial, we consider the nature of the job duties, the skills and experience needed to do the job, and how much the person actually earns.
    Usually, we find that work is substantial if gross earnings average over $900 per month after JANUARY 1, 2007 (or $860 in 2006) after we deduct allowable amounts. This monthly amount is higher for Social Security disability benefits due to blindness.

    But I don't work, my last day was March 31, 2007 and I filed for SSDI April 4, 2007. And haven't worked or driven since then, because I was told to stop driving. So I don't understand their quote that I listed above under "The Disability Rule" or "Information About Substantial Work" this is why they denied me. After reading this what do you make of this?

  • Re: Re: Re: Re: Has anyone been denied SSDI
  • Posted: 2007-09-05 14:45:32 By Marisa P
  • Hi Sharmese,

    If you applied right after you stopped working, your work history showed that you were making $900 or more a month and your disability did not interfere. In my case, they determined when my disability started and started paying five months after that. If they take your last day of work as the date your disability started, your five months were up on August 31st. On your appeal, they will see that there has not been any income since the last of March and it'll probably be approved as long as you have been working long enough to accumulate enough credits for SS. Just make sure that you have enough documentation from the low vision center. What are your visual acuity and visual field like?

    Good luck.
  • Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Has anyone been denied SSDI
  • Posted: 2007-09-05 16:29:26 By Deborah B
  • Sharmese,

    Marisa is right, I believe you may have applied too early for SS to consider you disabled. My last day of work was December 17, 2004 and I begain my application process in mid-February 2005. I received a response for my approval for benefits in early July and received my first payment in late July for the month of June. They didn't even send me to one of their doctor's until the beginning of June.

    The whole process takes time, but if you qualify and I assume that you do, you will be approved. I would appeal the decision as it has been long enough since your last date of work.

    Good luck.

  • Re: Has anyone been denied SSDI
  • Posted: 2007-09-06 21:35:52 By Jacqueline B
  • In the state of Florida the attorney or non attorney can get 25% or $5,300.00 of the retro money. My daughter was denied 2 times and is legally blind also. We just filed for a hearing in June 2007, they are backed up for almost 2 years in the state of FLorida!
  • Re: Re: Has anyone been denied SSDI
  • Posted: 2007-09-06 22:58:29 By Darran Z
  • Are you referring to SSDI or SSI? The two are completely different programs. If I remember correctly, your daughter is 18 years old. She would not have had enough credits in the system to qualify for SSDI. SSI (Supplemental Security Income) is a "needs based" criteria. The rules are completely different for this. Often people get SSI and SSDI confused. That is why I am asking.

  • Re: Re: Re: Has anyone been denied SSDI
  • Posted: 2007-09-07 11:24:19 By Marisa P
  • I agree with Darran, Jacqueline. Your daughter is probably trying to get SSI and the family (household)income would come into play here, unless she lives on her own.
  • Re: Has anyone been denied SSDI
  • Posted: 2007-09-17 23:37:56 By Gilesa B
  • My doctor pulled me out of work in March 2007. My boss was going to fire me because I could no longer drive. I went on Short term disability through my employer and now I am on long term disability. I was going to be denied disability but I got a lawyer. This lawyer was RECOMMENDED by a friend. He helped me win my disability case and found all the requlations for legal blindness for SSi and sent it to my doctor. My visual fields were about 21-22 degrees so I was close to legal blindness Because of the information my dlawyer sent, my doctor found a test that he knew I would qualify for legal blindness. I am waiting on decision now. My lawyer has helped me a great deal.

    I would check to see if you could get disability through your former employer and get a good recommneded lawyer.
  • Re: Re: Has anyone been denied SSDI
  • Posted: 2007-09-18 11:04:36 By Sharmese A
  • Hi Gilesa,

    I'm working on obtaining ALL my medical forms right now and a lawyer. I just don't understand their ruling. Just last week, I received my handicap placecard and my handicap license plate from Secretary of State. My Commissiond for the Blind counselor was just at my home Thursday to get my paper work started to send my to Vocation Rehabilitation Training. I'm able to be approved for every other legally blind services, but not SSDI.

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