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Author Topic: DDS Backlog and Points to Ponder  (Read 26299 times)

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Re: DDS Backlog and Points to Ponder
« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2010, 08:25:48 am »
Sara, I would say you are  pretty close to getting a decision. They would or should have had your evaluation reports by the first of Dec. They are suppose to have them to DDS within 10 days. Then they will review them and make a decision. You case may still get held up if by chance it get picks up for a QR which could take an extra 4 to 6 weeks. Hopefully that won't happen. 

I would give your adjudicator a call and just ask if he/she has received your evaluation reports yet and if he/she needs anything else that you could get for him/she. I did this during my reconsideration and initial request. Both times I did this i had a decision within the week. I think it jogs their memory or gets your file back on the top of the pile.

Hoping you hear something real soon and it's good news. Keep us posted.  :)

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Re: DDS Backlog and Points to Ponder
« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2010, 11:24:28 am »
They said SSDI could take 90-120 days, which is not true.

Well, it can, so the statement is technically true; it's just that most of the time it doesn't. Take texasjenn's husband, who recently got approved in about 90 days - but on the other hand he met a listing, which is one of the quickest ways to succeed. For most of us though, the wait turns out to be 2-3 years, which is just absolutely ridiculous.

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Re: DDS Backlog and Points to Ponder
« Reply #17 on: December 11, 2010, 01:12:22 am »
Like I always can't help but think....I f**king hope I'm just better by then! The thought of groveling and stringing this out and praying for pipttance makes me sick t my stomach and I sometimes choose to be in complete denial and believe a miracle wll happen before I'll ever get approved.  >:(

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Re: DDS Backlog and Points to Ponder
« Reply #18 on: July 14, 2011, 03:15:19 am »
Hi, new guy here,

    I know this is an old thread but I wanted to post about my case. Like Dragonfly, I'm in CA and filed in Oct.2010. It wasn't until Feb that my case got assigned to an out of state adjudicator. Thanks CA for furlowing all those DDS workers and creating a huge backlog of cases. Then it takes them a few months to order and get medical records. Okay. Now they decide I need to go in for consultative medical exams, scheduled for the end of this month. Given that the docs most likely will not get their reports out for another month or so, then the adjudicator taking another month ( at least ) to make an initial determination, it appears the 3-4 months initial determination time frame is off by 8-9 months. One year just to get an initial determination is ridiculous. I realize the thing about having to "wait" with the SSA, but one yr. to get an initial determination? Doesn't anyone else think that's a bit too long? Just venting here over the absolutely ridiculous way the SSA handles SSDI claims.

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« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2011, 03:38:37 am »
Hi 335guy:

And Welcome. We're glad to have you. I live in a state that didn't have furloughs, but it still took nine months for my initial decision. Then we've seen people get approved in less than two months. We have learned there is really only one constant with SSA:

There is no consistency  :D

I was sent for a CE exam as well. It took six weeks from the time of my exam to get the final decision.

Best of luck. Let us know if there is anything we can help you with.

Pati
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Re: DDS Backlog and Points to Ponder
« Reply #20 on: July 14, 2011, 03:52:51 am »
Hi 335guy
It took them six months and one day to tell me I was medically approved and then two weeks to say I was non medical approved so welcome to the waiting line My first check is supposed to be deposited next wedsday but now my bank changed routing numbers I changed that with SSA but they say that change will go in in Augusts so I may or may not get this deposit.
I had a CE also and it was a joke but it did help me so I wouldn't worry about that. Just be carefull as to your answers.

'Good luck
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Re: DDS Backlog and Points to Ponder
« Reply #21 on: July 14, 2011, 02:13:28 pm »
Hi 335guy, welcome to the site!!

What state did they send your case to? So sorry you waited that long....I can't even imagine what I would do if i was still waiting, so I really feel for you. May I ask your age and disability?

Thanks for being here,
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Re: DDS Backlog and Points to Ponder
« Reply #22 on: July 14, 2011, 05:58:03 pm »
Well, I thought it was Arkansas. But the address on my latest mailing is Maryland. I have an attorney handling my claim, so they have all the correct info., although I should have it as well. As to my age, I am 60. My disabilities are osteoarthritis, especially in my hands/wrists, depression, obesity and some other problems . I worked as a specialty carpenter for the last 28 yrs, which took a heavy toll on my body. I guess the want to see if my arthritis is bad enough to prevent me from doing sedentary work. But according to what I've read, the "special rules" that apply to someone my age say any other work needs to be very similar to what I've done in the past. Looking at "the grid", since I don't have transferable skills, it seems like I should get approved, assuming they agree my arthritis and other problems are severe enough. I cannot imagine they would expect a 60 yr. old with my problems to continue in my previous occupations. Here's a quote from SSR 85-28 on the second sequential step re: severity of impairments.

By definition, basic work activities are the abilities and aptitudes necessary to do most jobs. In the absence of contrary evidence, it is reasonable to conclude that an individual whose impairments do not preclude the performance of basic work activities is, therefore, able to perform his or her past relevant work. If the medical evidence establishes only a slight abnormality(ies) which has no more than a minimal effect on a claimant's ability to do basic work activities, but evidence shows that the person cannot perform his or her past relevant work because of the unique features of that work, a denial at the "not severe" step of the sequential evaluation process is inappropriate. The inability to perform past relevant work in such instances warrants further evaluation of the individual's ability to do other work considering age, education and work experience.[1]

Great care should be exercised in applying the not severe impairment concept. If an adjudicator is unable to determine clearly the effect of an impairment or combination of impairments on the individual's ability to do basic work activities, the sequential evaluation process should not end with the not severe evaluation step. Rather, it should be continued. In such a circumstance, if the impairment does not meet or equal the severity level of the relevant medical listing, sequential evaluation requires that the adjudicator evaluate the individual's ability to do past work, or to do other work based on the consideration of age, education, and prior work experience
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Re: DDS Backlog and Points to Ponder
« Reply #23 on: July 14, 2011, 07:45:20 pm »
   I forgot to thank those that welcomed me and replied to my post. Forgive my bad manners. THANK YOU!.
 
   I do have other questions re: the infamous "grid". So, I'm looking at this thing, and see these terms.

"High School grad or more – does not provide for direct entry into skilled work"

What does  " does not provide for direct entry into skilled work" actually mean ?

  And this as well.  " Skills not Transferable "

How does the SSA determine these? What is the criteria or definitions ?

Thanks again !

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Re: DDS Backlog and Points to Ponder
« Reply #24 on: July 14, 2011, 10:34:17 pm »
335 Guy.....I am actually looking forward to whatever answers you get to the grid questions...as I too am very curious how they go about this, think about it. I do know that your age SHOULD help you.

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Re: DDS Backlog and Points to Ponder
« Reply #25 on: July 14, 2011, 11:24:39 pm »
when i was sent for a phd mental exam by ssa, i was told by my atty and the phd that his report had to be sent to ssa within 10 days (working days that is=2 weeks), and he had the report sent to ssa within 7 days, then i got the reconsideration denial about 2 weeks later...
there is a FLAW in the SLAW !! lol

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« Reply #26 on: July 15, 2011, 02:49:42 am »
Hi 335guy:

We had someone ask this same question just last week. The description of transferability can be found here (near the middle of the page):

http://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/cfr20/404/404-1568.htm

I think the description there that best fits your age/background is:

If you are closely approaching retirement age (age 60 or older) and you have a severe impairment(s) that limits you to no more than light work, we will find that you have skills that are transferable to skilled or semiskilled light work only if the light work is so similar to your previous work that you would need to make very little, if any, vocational adjustment in terms of tools, work processes, work settings, or the industry.

You can also read the policy for applying transferability here:

https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0425015015

It looks like a lot depends on what the DDS Examiner determines to be your limitations.

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Re: DDS Backlog and Points to Ponder
« Reply #27 on: July 15, 2011, 12:03:14 pm »
Hey, thanks for those links. My previous work experience was in construction doing the actual physical labor, not administrative. So I am guessing the questions before the adjudicator now are in step 2 ( determining the severity ). My doctor told me the only thing I should do for my arthritis in my hands and wrists was to not over-stress them. That would make it worse. Since my previous work experience required using my hands to perform heavy tasks, and I can no longer do that, it would seem to me my skills are not transferable to light or sedentary work. My previous job ( for 28 yrs. ) required lots of heavy lifting, walking, carrying, nailing, bending, kneeling, etc. ( I was a wood flooring installer: specialty carpenter ). I fail to see how any of those skills could be transferred to light or sedentary work. I know I cannot do those things anymore, and haven't been able to for a few yrs. And that is only considering my arthritis, not the other problems I have. As I see it, the adjudicator would be failing to follow the "rules/guidelines" ( law ) if they were to find me not disabled. However, that said, I also know that overall, the SSA only approves about 30% of cases at the first determination. Crossing my fingers, as now, all my savings are gone and I have no income and living on charity from family. Really sucks.

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Re: DDS Backlog and Points to Ponder
« Reply #28 on: July 15, 2011, 06:28:04 pm »
when i was sent for a phd mental exam by ssa, i was told by my atty and the phd that his report had to be sent to ssa within 10 days (working days that is=2 weeks), and he had the report sent to ssa within 7 days, then i got the reconsideration denial about 2 weeks later...

I was told by my DDS examiner that CE examiner has 28 days to submit report, and I would not get a decision until 28 days or longer.  I talk to my attorney's office on Wednesday they said my CE report was at DDS examiner and was scanned on 7/11/11.

I am waiting for a decision.    That's funny to me because my friend sent me an email before that date that made me laugh.

THIS IS THE ONLY TIME WE WILL SEE AND LIVE THIS EVENT

Calendar for July 2011

 Money bags

This year, July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens once every 823 years. This is called money bags. So, forward this to your friends and money will arrive within 4 days. Based on Chinese Feng Shui. The one who does not forward . . . will be without money.


Kinda interesting - read on!!!

This year we're going to experience four unusual dates.

1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11 and that's not all...

Take the last two digits of the year in which you were born - now add the age you will be this year,

The results will be 111 for everyone in whole world. This is the year of
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Re: DDS Backlog and Points to Ponder
« Reply #29 on: July 15, 2011, 08:17:37 pm »
335guy,

Welcome to the site.  I thought I had welcomed you previously but see I didn't.  I think I was so involved in the back and forth and following your experience, I forgot to say hello. 

It definitely seems like you are informed and proactive.  Two huge assets in this process.  I look forward to getting to know you better and learning more about you.

Marci

Dawn,

I certainly hope you are right about this being the year of the money, we could all use it!
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