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@  artlouis : (27 August 2014 - 11:36 AM) Code 7019
@  vet201060 : (26 August 2014 - 11:41 PM) Damn Post It Notes
@  vet201060 : (26 August 2014 - 11:41 PM) True That
@  Asiadaug : (26 August 2014 - 07:46 PM) I Have Yet To Deal With Any Piece Of Va That Isn't A Dysfunctional Mess...ebenefits, Claim Filing, Billing...and To Think Our Tax Dollars Are Used To Perpetuate That Calamity!
@  carlie : (26 August 2014 - 05:39 PM) notorious kelly - loved your shout ! ! !
@  GlassRose1500 : (26 August 2014 - 03:40 PM) Would Someone Add Smc Housbound Plus Smc A&a Regular And One Smc K For Me? I Can't Seem To Do That Math!
@  Notorious Kelly : (26 August 2014 - 03:12 PM) Ebenefits Is Not A Thermometer In The Rectum Of Your Claim; It Is A Post-It Note That May Or Not Be Updated Or Accurate. Try Not To Obsess ;)
@  mcassidy : (26 August 2014 - 01:25 PM) Osa
@  Jaluluah11B : (26 August 2014 - 10:05 AM) My Reconsideration Finally Showed Up On Ebenefits As A New Claim.  gathering Evidence.  [font=Arial][size=3]Automated 5103 Notice Response Needed. [/size][/font]
@  vet201060 : (26 August 2014 - 10:00 AM) Went From Pending Decision Approval To Review Of Evidence Today, I Need To Stop Looking At It. Drives You Crazy Waiting
@  GlassRose1500 : (25 August 2014 - 09:30 PM) @coriemboh I Get My Best Claim Advice Here, But My Dav Guy Gets The Best Intel Once The Claim Is Filed
@  coriemboh : (25 August 2014 - 08:57 PM) The Average Processing Time Is 9 Months More Or Less. Every Time I Call The 800#, I Get A Different Answer. Goe, Roe....make Up Your Mind!
@  coriemboh : (25 August 2014 - 08:56 PM) I Just Want To Know Ballpark Figure Of How Much Longer My Claim Will Take. The Bills Are Piling Up. Adds To My Anxiety And Depression. Sure Wish I Could Tell Bill Collectors The Same Things Va Tells Me!
@  coriemboh : (25 August 2014 - 08:54 PM) @glassrose1500-No, I Don't. I Put In For Representation A Few Days Ago, But I'm Sure That End Won't Pan Out Until The Claim Is Closed.
@  GlassRose1500 : (25 August 2014 - 12:11 PM) Would Appreciate Feedback On My Smc Draft - Posted In The Smc Section! Tkx!
@  GlassRose1500 : (25 August 2014 - 12:04 PM) @coriemboh - Do You Have A Service Rep You Can Call? They Usually Have More Info...
@  coriemboh : (25 August 2014 - 11:16 AM) Called The 800 # To Check Status Of Claim. Really Frustrated With The Lack Of Information.
@  vet201060 : (25 August 2014 - 10:12 AM) Just Checked Ebenefits And Claim Was Pending Decision Approval And Then Checked Few Minutes After That And Now Prep For Decision. Drives Me Crazy
@  coriemboh : (24 August 2014 - 10:00 PM) Anyone Else Having A Hard Time With Evet Updates? Mine Is Taking Forever!
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Posted 18 August 2012 - 06:26 PM

What do you think my chances are to get SSDI,my conditions are PTSD 50%,headaches 30%,herniated nucleus pulposus DDD 20%, and chronic low back pain disorder. Also do you think I should use a lawyer when I file?

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 07:13 AM

Your chances are the same as anyone else. You don't need a lawyer to file. It's a total waste of money this early in the process.

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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.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:44 PM

I filed for SSD march 2011, with multiple issues not to unsimilaries as yours. My mother also had multiple issues when she first filed. She had a hard time winning here case. I mention this because my case was much easier, because I listened to her and got me a lawyer as soon as I knew I was going to the third stage (ALJ). Multiple issues are very hard too win, such as my mother found out. Granted I did most of the paperwork, with the first and second stage, but my lawyer did the third.. where I won. I won this year in July, which I believe wasn't to bad from first date of filing (for state of Indiana). I started my claim with VA about the same time.. and I am still on "gathering of evidence".. so being on SSD now is going to make my life a bit more easier because it appears I may have a very long wait for VA to move on my case.

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.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 04:04 AM

This is in no way me " bragging ", I just wanted to say that anything is possible. I consider myself very lucky. Because I was an OIF vet, I applied for SSDI under their Wounded Warrior process....

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.

Good Luck!

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