Disability Benefits

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Hello! I am looking for anyone with success (especially in the States) in receiving Social Security Benefits.  I am having little success.  I have asthma, pseudamonas and bronchiectasis.  My family really needs the money. I am upset because I could earn a lot more than I would ever receive from disability so why would I apply if I did not truly need help?  I am not sure what to do at this point.  Any helpful advice would be appreciated.   Debi

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    I am in the States and am on Social Security retired 69yo but not disability S.S.

    I have bronchiectasis,asthma and pseudamonas. I have no problem getting around so have never felt like I should receive disability S.S. however I see and know aquite a few people who collect disability S.S. that imo should not. But on the other hand I also know a few vets who also get disability and were never on forign soil and their ailments are typical of any 60-70 year old person . If you feel that you deserve to get the D.S.S. then by all means apply.

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    Hi, Debra,

    You sound as if you have applied and are having trouble getting approved?  If that is correct then you have not said how far you have gone. Most of the people I know on SSDisability have gone further thru an attorney who specializes in disabilities.

    When you apply by yourself I understand that you always get turned down at first. So the next step is to do exactly what they say and keep going with the application or apply again.  They tell you in detail what to do.  If you are turned down then you go to an Attorney and they will take a portion of your proceeds. I believe they also advise you to go thru an Attorney.

    I do know someone who has gotten SSD directly without going thru an attorney but you still must go thru an Administrative Judge and then you're on your own explaining to him or her how you are disabled. I think you are allowed to have a witness with you or someone who can vouch for your disability but that may not be the case.

    I would think that they don't give disability to persons with asthma and bx and pseudomonas.  Too many people have that and it's not disabling if you use all the medications you've been prescribed.  Don't they tell you that you must not be able to do work of any kind?  or is it that you just can't do the only job you are trained for?  One or the other.  But they are not going to give it to you just because you need the money.  

    Good luck with that application.


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    Hiya Debra,

    Sorry to say but it is a game they make you play,you need to file the paper work at which time you will be denided, then you need to reappliey,at which time you need to get a sit down with somebody at S/S and if that doesn't work ,load and behold you need to get a lawyer,the reason being that they are getting ripped off by the Doctors  for $60 Billion a year and can't afford to pay those who need it.

    I had many people who tried like you and did the above and  getting a lawyer got them what they needed.



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    I also live in the States and even applying for SS and Medicare at retirement age can be a challenge.

    My biggest challenge was when I moved my Mother from Ohio to Indiana, to be close by, due to her moving into an assisted living faclity, then a nursing home. Medicare wasn't too bad, but when I tried to get her signed up for Medicaid, (all she had was a small ss payment each month) what a nightmare!! I did the paperwork (about 12 pages) and she was denyed. I tried again, you can question the denial, and was again, denied.  So I was advised to get a lawyer that speicalizes in Medicare/Medicaid, so I did.

    He gave me some tips and advise, so I was eventually, able to get her on Medicaid.  The government likes to make it as complicated as possiable so that most people just give up.

    I'm not the smartest or the dumbest person, but I wonder how many people who are not as smart as I am can figure out anything that has to do with the government!!!  Yet there are a lot of people that are recieving Medicare/Medicaid/SS benefits illegally, how do they do it??

    You may just have to see a lawyer, Beth

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