Questions about how to use the forum?

Visit our new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section.

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

August 16, 2022, 06:33:10 pm

Login with username, password and session length

Recent

Members
  • Total Members: 16383
  • Latest: Kdog
Stats
  • Total Posts: 245812
  • Total Topics: 24540
  • Online Today: 120
  • Online Ever: 1127
  • (January 16, 2020, 04:17:02 pm)
Users Online
Users: 4
Guests: 89
Total: 93

You are no longer alone ...

Poll

Did your case get approved at the Appeals Council or Federal Court Level?

Yes
24 (58.5%)
No
17 (41.5%)

Total Members Voted: 37

Author Topic: Did your case get approved at the Appeals Council or Federal Court Stage?  (Read 19067 times)

Lit Love

  • Global Moderator
  • ~ Platinum ~
  • ****
  • Posts: 4391
  • People helped 371
Re: Did your case get approved at the Appeals Council or Federal Court Stage?
« Reply #30 on: October 29, 2017, 02:40:09 pm »
So the original case had an earlier AOD then your 55th birthday?

gndvll314

  • ~ Copper ~
  • *
  • Posts: 9
  • People helped 0
Re: Did your case get approved at the Appeals Council or Federal Court Stage?
« Reply #31 on: October 29, 2017, 03:30:40 pm »
Yes. My AOD was two years prior to that.

gndvll314

  • ~ Copper ~
  • *
  • Posts: 9
  • People helped 0
Approval letter 2-7. First back pay, 3 - 3. Yay!!!

DfloGA

  • ~ Copper ~
  • *
  • Posts: 11
  • People helped 3
Re: Did your case get approved at the Appeals Council or Federal Court Stage?
« Reply #33 on: January 29, 2019, 02:16:42 pm »
Yes was approved at the Appeals Council.

My History:
I originally filed in Sept 2015 while in the state of NC. I was denied. I never filed a reconsideration because I was displaced and homeless. I continued to be in and out hospital.

Fast Forward to April 2017, I move to GA.

I filed again was denied and then filed reconsideration. At this point I enlisted an lawyer. The big firms would not assist me because I was under 50. My clinics office gave me the information of an attorney that helped a lot of their patients. They accepted my case.

In December 2017, I had a near fatal medical issue. Hospitalized for nearly a month. I received an expedited/emergency hearing in August 2018.  The problem was my lawyer wasn't notified. I notified them of the hearing a week before. I felt nervous because they normally call when information is received.

My lawyer put forth two motions.The first was to leave case open to submit more evidence and to change my onset date. The Admin Judge denied both and basically was very dismissive. My lawyer advised me going in he would be difficult. I appreciated her honesty upfront.

My lawyer filed with the appeal council the same two motions the admin judge denied. The Appeals Council gave me a Fully Favorable Decision. They allowed the updated current medical evidence, overturned the admin judge's denial and set my onset date to the original Sept 2015 filing.

Tips:

1.  Go to the doctor.

2.  If you don't have insurance like me find a good clinic. Also, check for local nonprofits for help. If all else fails go the emergency as much as possible.

3.  Re-state your history medical history every time you get in front of every medical professional. They have to make notes of it. This allows the ssa to see are trends in your condition.

4.  Get your own copies of your medical records. It helps to understand what your doctor's opinion of your condition and medications.

5.  Manage your Mental health. Most people that have medical issues suffer with depression, anxiety and if some cases anger. Seek help from a mental health professional, get medication(if needed).

6.  Go the counseling. Be honest of struggles as in relates to living while being disabled. The court uses that as proof and it can help.

Just Me

  • Administrator
  • ~ Platinum ~
  • ****
  • Posts: 14194
  • People helped 1042
  • Nice Administrator
Re: Did your case get approved at the Appeals Council or Federal Court Stage?
« Reply #34 on: January 29, 2019, 03:51:05 pm »
It is highly unusual for the appeals council to reverse the decision. Usually they will remand it. If they find errors in law.
Nerve damage in upper and lower extremities. Degenerative Disc Disease, RA.

Hope the size of a mustard seed can produce Faith that can move mountains.

DfloGA

  • ~ Copper ~
  • *
  • Posts: 11
  • People helped 3
Re: Did your case get approved at the Appeals Council or Federal Court Stage?
« Reply #35 on: January 29, 2019, 07:54:17 pm »
Here is the letter I got....



Office of Appellate Operations
5107 Leesburg, VA 22041-3255
Telephone: (877) 670-2722
Date: January 7, 2019


NOTICE OF APPEALS COUNCIL DECISION
FULLY FAVORABLE


My Name
My Address

The enclosed decision is the final of the Commissioner of Social Security in your case.
Please read this notice and decision carefully.

This Decision is Fully Favorable to you

Another office will process the decision and send you a letter about your benefits. Your
local Social Security office or another office may first ask you for more information. If you
do not hear anything in 60 days, contact your local office.

If you disagree with the decision

If you disagree, you may ask for court review by filing a civil action.

If you do not ask for court review, this decision will be a final decision that can be changed
only under special rules.

How to File A Civil Action

more.....

DfloGA

  • ~ Copper ~
  • *
  • Posts: 11
  • People helped 3
Re: Did your case get approved at the Appeals Council or Federal Court Stage?
« Reply #36 on: January 29, 2019, 07:58:36 pm »
Also, two administrative Appeals Judges Signed off on the approval.

Bigrich1

  • ~ Copper ~
  • *
  • Posts: 2
  • People helped 2
Question I just got my first application,remand, but my second application was approve ..what NEXT?

Octaviar

  • SSDFacts Supporter
  • ~ Platinum ~
  • *
  • Posts: 561
  • People helped 51
Yes, I was approved at the federal level.  In my case he reversed the findings of the alj and remanded my case back to SSA for calculation and payment of benefits.
Conditions: migraines, ddd, major depressive disorder, PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder.
Initial application: 6-2014
Alj hearing and denial: 12-2016
Appeals council denial: 12-2017
Filed federal appeal: 2-2018
Federal Judge reversal: 6-2019
Backpay: 11-2019 (Award letter 12-2019)