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Old 07-12-2017, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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My claim took 2 years, back surgery & a lawyer. When the judge finally reviewed my case he shook his head & said, I hope you're suing. (Car accident).

He approved my claim but, as I said it took a long time.
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Old 07-12-2017, 10:20 AM
 
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It seems to be quite easy to get on disability if you claim a mental disability rather than a physical disability.




Case in point...........a very popular poster here said she used to have a well paying job that she travelled all over the world doing.
However she and her husband longed to move to Alaska and be a "homesteader"


She posted daily and bragged about her physical strength and how she could outwork any man ......handling a chain saw, splitting wood, carrying a heavy pack for miles over rough terrain.
She also mentioned all the people she interacted with when going to town for supplies.


When asked how it was possible to move to the wilds of Alaska with no income she told a poster.............." the only income is my SS Disability"


Somehow she developed Aspergers about the time they wanted to move to Alaska.


Yet, her disease didn't affect her mental ability to interact with everyone she came in contact with in Alaska.


In fact that very popular, opinionated poster drawing Disability SS was a Moderator here at City-Data at the time.
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Old 07-12-2017, 11:35 AM
 
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It seems to be quite easy to get on disability if you claim a mental disability rather than a physical disability.




Case in point...........a very popular poster here said she used to have a well paying job that she travelled all over the world doing.
However she and her husband longed to move to Alaska and be a "homesteader"


She posted daily and bragged about her physical strength and how she could outwork any man ......handling a chain saw, splitting wood, carrying a heavy pack for miles over rough terrain.
She also mentioned all the people she interacted with when going to town for supplies.


When asked how it was possible to move to the wilds of Alaska with no income she told a poster.............." the only income is my SS Disability"


Somehow she developed Aspergers about the time they wanted to move to Alaska.


Yet, her disease didn't affect her mental ability to interact with everyone she came in contact with in Alaska.


In fact that very popular, opinionated poster drawing Disability SS was a Moderator here at City-Data at the time.

Situations like this are why many people are leery when people claim a "disability". My wife works in social services, and unfortunately, sees the worst of these cases.
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Old 07-12-2017, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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A friend of mine was a construction laborer who worked in trenches installing new city water/sewer lines.


He got his back injured about at age 40 by a huge pipe that swayed as it was lowered.
He told me it took him 3 years to get SS Disability and he did get back pay.
If not for his wife having a well paying UNION factory job, he would have been wiped out financially.


He said he got a real smart alec on his 2nd appeal.
He was asked if he goes to the bathroom alone when his wife was at work.
When he replied " yes", he was told ........." Any man who can wipe his own butt isn't disabled "


Yes, he did get a lawyer after being told that.
I once had an ALJ ask my client "Why don't you just go ahead and kill yourself?". WTF ?! Since the hearings are recorded, I walked out of that room absolutely confident she would be receiving her benefits ASAP.

And then there was the ALJ who made a snarky comment when a mentally ill veteran appeared at the hearing wearing his military uniform. I heard the claimant jumped over the table and tried to strangle the ALJ.

Stupid is as stupid does.
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Old 07-12-2017, 02:04 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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I would suggest applying by yourself, lawyers take too much money. Don't be afraid to say you can't do certain things, if that is a fact.
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Old 07-12-2017, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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My husband has taught whitewater rafting,rock climbing, hiking and other
very physically challenging activities his whole life. Now at 57 he has
serious knee, shoulder and back problems and is just not physically able to do the type work he has always done.<> We are just starting to consider filing for disability.<>
Any advice is appreciated.
Bogus filing for SS disabilities by people with lawyers is a plague upon the earth. On the other hand, someone who has paid into the system should be able to tap into it when needed. Most people work through until full retirement age, but not everyone can make it. Sounds like your husband's situation.
Keep in mind, once he is declared to be on SS disability he can never hold a job or be gainfully employed
or might have to repay the system.
As I understand it SS disability is not in addition to SSI, it brings the payments to you now.
I'm sure you will get some advice from people who are actually on the system.
Time to look for alternative employment ideas it seems. Maybe a desk job or some kind of on line phone work. My wife and I are familiar with a home based business that many found to be a regular source of income without a lot of physical labor. Do some research starting with "multilevel scam" so you know what to beware of.
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Old 07-12-2017, 04:09 PM
 
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Bogus filing for SS disabilities by people with lawyers is a plague upon the earth. On the other hand, someone who has paid into the system should be able to tap into it when needed. Most people work through until full retirement age, but not everyone can make it. Sounds like your husband's situation.
Keep in mind, once he is declared to be on SS disability he can never hold a job or be gainfully employed
or might have to repay the system
.
As I understand it SS disability is not in addition to SSI, it brings the payments to you now.
I'm sure you will get some advice from people who are actually on the system.
Time to look for alternative employment ideas it seems. Maybe a desk job or some kind of on line phone work. My wife and I are familiar with a home based business that many found to be a regular source of income without a lot of physical labor. Do some research starting with "multilevel scam" so you know what to beware of.
You can still get a job once you are on SS disability just you can only make so much a year. And they know exactly how much to make.
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