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SSDI and SSI Disability Application Process => Administrative Law Judge Hearings => Topic started by: Cayde-6 on June 23, 2022, 08:37:08 pm

Title: It's time for the waiting game again.
Post by: Cayde-6 on June 23, 2022, 08:37:08 pm
After 4 months of waiting to two different doctor's and one of them having to reschedule around 5 times from April till June of last week and I seen one other doctor this week. I get to play the fun waiting game of sitting on my hands for the judge to make his decision. Back in March when I had my video hearing the judge said "my "decision might not be affected by them". Now I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing. I know my age has been a big factor in this case and also I just started seeing one of my doctor's again and it was about a year time frame when I started the file. Just needed to get a little off my chest to get some stress off me.
Title: Re: It's time for the waiting game again.
Post by: MisplacedTexan on June 23, 2022, 09:16:15 pm
I know how frustrated you feel. When I was going through the decision process I kept a calendar that I used to count down each  day I was made to wait for a decision. I would mark the calandar as the days passed. I said then and I still say by design the decion process was set up to discourage claimants and break them both mentally and  financially with the hope we would give up and just go away and die.

 :Angry17: :Angry17:

Just my opinion. I realize that approval is not going to be instantaneous because working the files to make certain claimants are truly disabled does take time. But I do not think the process should take years to reach a decison in most cases where the claimant is not dying from a terminal disease that will result in death in a few months. There is no reason that SSA and the state DDS could not decide most ordinary disability cases within 90-120 days if they had adequate staff and enough ALJ's employed. I filed for a disability retirement from my last employer and it took them 60 days to process my claim and decide based upon the same information that SSA and DDS had available.   (rant over). Good Luck to you Cayde-6.
Title: Re: It's time for the waiting game again.
Post by: SFVLance on June 23, 2022, 11:44:33 pm
I know my age has been a big factor in this case...

What is your age?
Title: Re: It's time for the waiting game again.
Post by: Cayde-6 on June 25, 2022, 12:35:03 am
36 or 37 I lost track a few years ago as I don't want to know the number anymore.
Title: Re: It's time for the waiting game again.
Post by: Cayde-6 on July 12, 2022, 01:24:04 am
Got a letter in the mail and don't understand if it's goood or bad. It's made out to my legal aid lawyer and at the top of the letter head it's refer to me. It's starts out with "I have obtained additional evidence that I propose to enter into the record."  I am not sure if my lawyer is adding or what was missed before the hearing. I had to read this over and over a few times just because of what was said after this line "fully favorable decsion". It was talking about requisitioning a supplemental hearing "what ever that is".
Title: Re: It's time for the waiting game again.
Post by: mark on July 20, 2022, 10:04:29 am
your letter says fully favorable decision? if so means you are approved
Title: Re: It's time for the waiting game again.
Post by: Cayde-6 on July 20, 2022, 10:55:12 am
Unfortunately no, The line reads "I will grant the request unless I decide to issue a fully favorable decision."
Title: Re: It's time for the waiting game again.
Post by: Helper on July 21, 2022, 07:56:45 am
Then it sounds like you will either be granted a fully favorable decision or be scheduled for another hearing - where your lawyer will need to prove why you need to be approved
Title: Re: It's time for the waiting game again.
Post by: Cayde-6 on July 21, 2022, 01:23:28 pm
I talked to my legal aid lawyer before they went home and it looks like I to have another hearing. Bur they are sending my paperwork to me so I see what they have and anything that might be missing. Because during my last MRI one thing that never showed up on the other ones was some severe foraminal stenosis going on my back at the L4-L5. When I saw a doctor for ssi from the judge he asked about the mri and I looked up stuff online from ssa website and that is grounds to get on ssi disability. And I also have my social problems, depression, bipolar, anxiety, and insomnia. There might be few a other things but I don't remember and I think that is one as well. I guess I will find out after I get the paperwork.