The Disability Case Journey

Let me just preface this with the notion that this is not the end-all / be-all of your journey. Everyone’s case is different. You might be approved at a earlier stage, or you may even have to fight all the way up to Federal Court. I was also applied for on my behalf by my parents at birth, but the case was denied because my father made too much money.

I am considered disabled under Social Security law due to my spastic hemiphelgia [right side is affected] Cerebral Palsy, Depression, General Anxiety Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder. There is also possibility that I am autistic and that I never “grew out of” Attention Deficit Disorder.

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Following HS graduation in June 2006, I begin working in September of 2006.

February 1st, 2010: i am released from my job following a three-day suspension, i was able to collect Unemployment Insurance, which I lived on for about a year. I asked for an extension and was denied.

March 27th, 2012: I bit the bullet and applied for SSDI

July 05th, 2012: Denied at 1st Stage

July 31st, 2012: I hire an attorney

August 15th, 2012: I apply for SSI as per advisement of my attorney

February 19th, 2013: Psychological Consultative Exam

February 22nd, 2013: Physical Consultative Exam

March 19th, 2013: Reconsideration [2nd Stage] Denial

August 12th, 2014: Hearing before a ALJ [3rd Stage]

April 15th, 2015: Fully Favorable Letter

May 5th, 2015: SSDI Award Letter

May 11th, 2015: SSI Award Letter

May 14th, 2015: 1st SSI Backpayment

June 03rd, 2015: First SSDI Monthly Payment

 

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From and including: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
To, but not including Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Result: 1121 days

It is 1121 days from the start date to the end date, but not including the end date

Or 3 years, 26 days excluding the end date

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For three years I have cried out in frustration, but I stuck with it. If you are planning on being in the system or are already in it, please do not give up. Fight. Fight until your fingers bleed and your voice is gone. You might think it isn’t worth it [and trust me,  i have thought the same thing, many, many times] but it really is. it is worth it when you get that fully favorable letter in your hands. in black and white this proves you have won. the hard part is over.

To read this journey in blog posts, please see SSDI Application Adventures.