Posted 18 August 2012 - 06:26 PM
Posted 19 August 2012 - 07:13 AM
Posted 19 August 2012 - 07:21 AM
SSDI is based on your inability to do any substantial work of any kind (basiclally meaning 40 hour weeks).
It's completely unrelated to the VA and most people are denied twice before winning at the ALJ level, often with a lawyer.
Excellent resource here: http://www.howtoasse...ms.com/ssd.html
The more preparation you're able to do on your own, the better.
Otherwise figure at least 2 years with a lawyer.
p.s. here's a good post to review:
Key point is don't take preparation lightly and expect fairness and thoroughness from SS; you are presenting a legal case so it's important for it to be a winning one.
Edited by Notorious Kelly, 19 August 2012 - 07:28 AM.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:44 PM
I knew going into the third stage was gamble by myself and if a lawyer was going to help me just a bit... even with the $4,500.00 fee, it would be better than losing and having to go to higher court. It paid off and I am glad that I had the lawyer. A small price to pay considering if I wouldnt had a lawyer, I was about to be evicted (again) and utilities was three months pass due. I won just in time to save my home and now I am all caught up and actually able to take my girlfriend out every now and then :) Not rich, but I can pay my bills and not worry about next months rent.. considering what I have been through... I can not ask for more.
Posted 20 August 2012 - 04:04 AM
1- Without a lawyer
2- Without any medical exam
3- Without any interviews
And was approved in 5 months. All I did was complete my paperwork properly, stayed in touch with my state's disability advisor, and mailed copies of my VA medical records ( phonebook size ). If there is any avenue to let SS know that you are a Vet, do it. Otherwise, you are just a number among millions filing. And I know for sure that my state's disability board had a huge part in SS making their decision.