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Thinking about disability

Discussion in 'Social Security / Disability Benefits' started by Lupusnoremission, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. Lupusnoremission

    Lupusnoremission Stillnoremission

    I was wondering how hard it is to get disability with lupus. I've had it for 1 1/2 years, well since diagnosed. After while got fired from my job cuz I was always sick. Since then I can't really do anything my muscles are too weak to do anything. My knees are horrible I can't lift. But I don't have failing organs either. Has anyone gone through the same thing?
  2. ElephantEyes

    ElephantEyes Registered

  3. KarolH

    KarolH Registered

    I was 41 when I got approved first time out however that is rare.
    I hear if your over 50 it is a bit easier but typically you get denied first time out.
    Then if you hire a Lawyer your luck improves. i wish you much luck.
  4. lablover

    lablover Registered

    Hi. I'm 44 and have been going through the process of filing for disability for almost two years. I was denied the first time so I got an attorney. We filed an appeal and were denied so we requested a court date. It is coming up in November but so far it has been a horrible time waiting. I knew I would be denied the first time but when the denial came it still felt like a slap in the face, the same with the second. I hope thing go smoother for you.

    take care,
  5. lazylegs

    lazylegs Moderator

    It isn't easy but not impossible. You have to jump through a lot of hoops and be able to prove the limitations you claim. As an example I noted memory loss so they sent me for neuropsychological testing to prove it.

    The social security website has some sections on autoimmune diseases and how they are evaluated. You might want to take a look at it so you have an idea of what they are looking for

    Also before applying you should discuss it with your doctors. They need to be 100% behind you.

    Take care,
  6. KarolH

    KarolH Registered

    Hang in there Wendy and keep us posted.
    Good luck next month.
  7. Jirel

    Jirel Registered

    Definitely hire a disability specialist lawyer. I didn't think I had to because my long term disability insurance had an 'advocate' to help me get SSD. 30 months, 2 refiles, and 1 court date later and I not only didn't have SSD, the advocate said she didn't think I was worth working with. I hired a disability lawyer who said that with my age (now 57) and education (I had been working in the computer industry) I should have no problem. That was around Sept-Oct of 2010. As of July I was approved, backdated to the Aplication of Nov 2010, payment backdated to June 2011, three years after I left work. Be sure you can pull out retirement or something to live off of until SSD comes. And everyone remember that Medicare will not start until 2 years after the date of your approved Application. (For me that's Nov 2012).
  8. macfamily53

    macfamily53 Registered

    Hi and Welcome to the sight.I went through it for the first time i think when i was 41 also and it took like a year and a half to get it and applyed like 3 times and yes the third time was a charm.I had gotten a dissibility Lawyer by the thrid time and did also had the help of my Rhueme helped out big time by filling out the forms with me and put down i just could not work at all.So please do not give up and let us know what you find out.

  9. Lupusnoremission

    Lupusnoremission Stillnoremission

    Thanks everyone for your help, I think I'm just more scared of the denial especially being only 25. I'm definitely doing some research on it. Good luck everyone that is trying to get it, Ill keep you in my thoughts and prayers

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