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Old 09-30-2017, 08:27 AM
 
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My aunt applied for SSDI, she is only able to work about 8 hours per week. Will SSA contact current employer who she has not told about but he knows that she is currently having back problems. She is worried about it effecting her job somehow. She works 4 hours a day for 2 days a week at a desk job and can barely handle that, she is constantly worried that she will be fired. She can't afford to lose the job and it's a miracle that she found a job after getting fired from her previous employer. She doesn't qualify for unemployment and this job is her only income.
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Old 09-30-2017, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I do not know the answer. They will require medical documentation and that will probably be sufficient. However, the process could take a long time so be prepared.
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Old 09-30-2017, 12:52 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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My aunt applied for SSDI, she is only able to work about 8 hours per week. Will SSA contact current employer who she has not told about but he knows that she is currently having back problems. She is worried about it effecting her job somehow. She works 4 hours a day for 2 days a week at a desk job and can barely handle that, she is constantly worried that she will be fired. She can't afford to lose the job and it's a miracle that she found a job after getting fired from her previous employer. She doesn't qualify for unemployment and this job is her only income.
While I can not give you specific info, I can tell you that as a retired medical professional, "Back problems/pain" is the HUGE issue of "PROVING" with SSDI. If you have radiological evidence/Medical testing of the problems, then they are far more willing to approve....but "pain" when everything "looks normal or not bad enough to be creating the pain reported" is a HUGE issue with SSDI cases. OBJECTIVE VS SUBJECTIVE IS THE KEY HERE......

Please ensure she takes ANY and EVERY test (MRI, CT, XRAY, EMG, Nerve conduction study) ANYTHING that helps SUBSTANTIATE her "claimed" inability to work because of the issue. It WILL help speed things along.
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Old 09-30-2017, 01:31 PM
 
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PetiteGem, what is her age?
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Old 09-30-2017, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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You cannot be working when you apply for SSDI. Which is a big problem since even if you get approved it can take up to 2 years.
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Old 09-30-2017, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I am not sure you are right about not being able to work at all. OP (or her aunt) should carefully check the requirements.
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Old 09-30-2017, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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I am assuming that OP's Aunt earns less than $1170/month. Step 1 of a 4-5 step analysis is to determine whether she is engaging in Substantial Gainful Activity "SGA". Since SGA is set at $1170/month for the year 2017, the answer to Step 1 is No and the analysis continues.

In short, her low earnings will not disqualify her from receiving Social Security Disability benefits.
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Old 10-01-2017, 06:25 AM
 
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She is 50 and went from working 40 hours a week, but lost that job from all the madness of being in an abusive marriage with a drug addict. When he put a gun to her head, she had a nervous breakdown and was hospitalized which led to her getting fired. She was out of work without an income and finally managed to find this job and she is worried that they may contact her employer.
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Old 10-01-2017, 06:53 AM
 
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ss-disability has now become the unemployment insurance- extended benefits .

this is why billions had to be taken out of ss retirement benefits and moved in to ss-disability .

far to many use ss disability like they did unemployment insurance and the ranks of those on it swelled big time since 2007 .

not saying who here should or shouldn't be on it , but i am saying it is abused terribly now . ss could be fully funded if not for the disability abuse .

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Old 10-01-2017, 07:03 AM
 
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Will probably need a lawyer since it is usually denied at first. Yes, during the recent depression, workers whose unemployment ran out and couldn't find work tried to get disability. Some succeeded.
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