Originally Posted by echoes long ago
i would also say that you should apply asap. you need to have enough work credits to qualify for ssdi. if you dont have enough work credits and have low income and resources you may qualify for ssi. Many people are on SSDI because of their inability to work due to peripheral neuropathy. When you apply you have to show how your medical conditions, medications and treatments limit your ability to work. for example, cant stand, sit, kneel, walk, concentrate, fatigue etc.
its not true that you have to show a long history of work attempts, or a long history of medical records. you need medical records but they do not have to stretch out years and years. im sure you have plenty of medical records anyway. you have to show that you are unable to work for at least the next 12 months. It helps if you have failed work attempts but it is not necessary to have that failed work history.
Teatime your advice is not entirely accurate and could prove harmful for someone who may need ssdi and may well qualify, but who becomes discouraged and doesnt apply because of innacurate information that they read.
My information is NOT inaccurate and no one here is responsible for another person's moods or actions. To successfully be awarded SSDI as expediently as possible, you need to have substantial medical records showing diagnosis and treatment, regular followups and cooperation, with no improvement expected for at least a year. You also need to prove that you cannot do your job and there aren't other jobs you are capable of doing.
Everyone's experiences are different. However, everyone DOES have to prove that they cannot work at any job and it's rather difficult to prove unless they have tried jobs and failed. And SSA expects documentation of continuing medical care and participation in treatment options. They want to see evidence that you're trying to get better -- if you're trying but it's just not working then you' are proving your case.
I personally know people who were denied and had to fight SSA for years to get approved because they didn't go to the doctor often enough or try new treatments. It is also very common to be denied because SSA decides you are able to do a sedentary job at least four hours per day. You have to prove otherwise.
Everyone complains about SSA and, yeah, it's a bureaucracy. However, if you know what sorts of things they're looking for and how you can prove your case, then it doesn't have to be a nightmare. Sometimes people apply too soon or without enough evidence and then they're mired in a battle for years.
That's the truth, and it helps people to know what they have to prove. It helped me when I applied. If someone had just said to me, "You go, girl! I'm sure you have enough evidence to apply so do it!" that's not helpful. I want specifics and I want someone to play the devil's advocate because I wanted my case to go quickly and SMOOTHLY. And it did. I proved my case on application and was awarded benefits in 3 months.
It is not an easy process and if someone could get "discouraged" just because someone tells them they need a lot of evidence and have a lot they need to prove, then that person is in for a bad time. But, whatever. I'm done with this subject for good.