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Old 08-29-2017, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I helped a neighbor, who suffered a stroke and became disabled (left side paralysis) apply for SSDI. He was not computer literate, so I assisted him.

We gathered all of his forms, work history and medical records. We applied online on Sept 15, 2016. It took about 3 hours to complete the online form. The next day, he received a call from the local SS office, acknowledging receipt of his completed form. Two weeks later, a letter arrived from the Disability Determination Service Division (State of CA) from the claim examiner. A questionnaire also was included in the letter, asking for more detailed information. My neighbor completed the questionnaire, made a copy and mailed it back.

About a month later, he received another letter from the Disability Determination Service Division, asking him to attend a SS physician's examination, at a local office, scheduled for a month later.

He attended the physician's examination (which took 30 minutes) and the examining physician
was convinced he was disabled.

3 weeks later, he received a letter from the Social Security Administration, detailing his approval and award status. Total time from application to receipt of the approval was just over 3 months.

The key is to complete the forms correctly the first time and promptly respond to their inquiries if asked.
I have been through this process twice, and helped others. It works just as you described for those who have a condition that they recognize. I have been told that there is a list somewhere. If you claim some condition that is not on their list, things don't go as smoothly

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Old 08-30-2017, 01:29 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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The listing of impairments is here:

https://www.ssa.gov/disability/profe...mpairments.htm

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I have been through this process twice, and helped others. It works just as you described for those who have a condition that they recognize. I have been told that there is a list somewhere. If you claim some condition that is not on their list, things don't go as smoothly

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Old 08-30-2017, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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The listing of impairments is here:

https://www.ssa.gov/disability/profe...mpairments.htm
Thanks! That was useful!
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