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View Diary: The Inside Story of a Disability Scammer (139 comments)

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  •  Similar story here, fmprof (10+ / 0-)

    My SSDI claim, backed up by 15 years worth of VA records, electronically transmitted to SS in an easy to access, familiar format resulted in an approval letter in my mailbox 119 days after filing my claim, with only one interview.

    Folks wishing to avoid the delays and hassle are well advised to make certain that their claims fall within the boundaries established here.

    SS is a bureaucracy. They check boxes. If you want to win your claim you'll make sure the boxes are checked before adjudication.

    War beats down, and sows with salt, the hearts and minds of soldiers." Brecht

    by DaNang65 on Mon May 26, 2014 at 11:03:02 PM PDT

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    •  Somewhat true, but I truly believe they (8+ / 0-)

      almost always turn down the first claim. A friend with aggressive breast cancer was turned down initially. She had medical paperwork, letters from doctors and hospital. She finally went in to the local office - her hair gone, her breasts gone, a t-shirt on revealing the chest port, thin as a rail. She went up to someone there and asked why she was turned down. The person went white, began stammering an apology and got her on that day, promising the back months would come through within a few weeks. My friend should not have had to do that.

      "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." Mohandas Gandhi

      by cv lurking gf on Tue May 27, 2014 at 06:45:17 AM PDT

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      •  You may be correct, (4+ / 0-)

        I left out what may have been an important part of my story. When it came time to fill out some form or other, one critical enough that it contains a notice that if you're unable to fill it out yourself someone will assist you, I took advantage of that opportunity to plead my case face to face with another human being.

        It sounds like that would have worked for your friend as well.

        War beats down, and sows with salt, the hearts and minds of soldiers." Brecht

        by DaNang65 on Tue May 27, 2014 at 07:17:31 AM PDT

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        •  Good--but there are NO guarantees. (1+ / 0-)
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          cv lurking gf

          I have represented SSA & SSI claimants full-time since 1997.

          You can definitely lose a claim by going about it wrong, with sloppy documentation. But sometimes you can have all the documentation in the world, all the i's dotted & t's crossed, and some SOB at SSA will turn you down anyway.

          See my other comments on this diary.

          The denial rate varies by state. Here in GA it's about 67% on first application; 89% on first appeal (not a typo); around 50% on second appeal; there are third, fourth, fifth levels of appeal in SSA & the federal courts.

          "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

          by HeyMikey on Tue May 27, 2014 at 02:24:58 PM PDT

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