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Deeked

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Deeked-2nd application
« on: May 02, 2021, 02:39:26 pm »
This is my 2nd time going through the whole process alone. I first filed on May of 2018 and was denied. I did NOT file an appeal.

I've been in touch with the local office and they have been very helpful. It pays to be nice for what it matters. Anyway, here's where I'm at in the process. Thanks for reading.

We have processed 90% of your application.

A representative in BALTIMORE MARYLAND started a final review of your application on April 22, 2021. For most people, this review takes 2 to 4 weeks.

1. You submitted your application on July 2, 2020.

2. We conducted a non-medical review of your application on July 2, 2020.

3. The state Disability Determination Service completed your medical review on April 22, 2021.

4. On April 22, 2021, a representative in BALTIMORE MARYLAND started a final review to make sure that you still meet the non-medical requirements for Disability Benefits.

A Social Security Representative may contact you directly if we need any additional documents or information to help determine if you are eligible.

Please respond timely to any requests from SSA:
Notify us whenever a change occurs that could affect your benefits. Not reporting changes timely may delay the processing of your application.

How to submit additional documents:

You may mail any evidence you have to the following address:

ODO/PC7
I-M-28 1ST FL SW BLDG
1500 WOODLAWN DRIVE
BALTIMORE, MD 21241-0001

EDIT: Thanks for the warm welcome. If you have any questions, fire away.
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newdawn

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Re: Deeked-2nd application
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2021, 04:09:57 pm »
This is my 2nd time going through the whole process alone. I first filed on May of 2018 and was denied. I did NOT file an appeal.

I've been in touch with the local office and they have been very helpful. It pays to be nice for what it matters. Anyway, here's where I'm at in the process. Thanks for reading.

We have processed 90% of your application.

A representative in BALTIMORE MARYLAND started a final review of your application on April 22, 2021. For most people, this review takes 2 to 4 weeks.

1. You submitted your application on July 2, 2020.

2. We conducted a non-medical review of your application on July 2, 2020.

3. The state Disability Determination Service completed your medical review on April 22, 2021.

4. On April 22, 2021, a representative in BALTIMORE MARYLAND started a final review to make sure that you still meet the non-medical requirements for Disability Benefits.

A Social Security Representative may contact you directly if we need any additional documents or information to help determine if you are eligible.

Please respond timely to any requests from SSA:
Notify us whenever a change occurs that could affect your benefits. Not reporting changes timely may delay the processing of your application.

How to submit additional documents:

You may mail any evidence you have to the following address:

ODO/PC7
I-M-28 1ST FL SW BLDG
1500 WOODLAWN DRIVE
BALTIMORE, MD 21241-0001

EDIT: Thanks for the warm welcome. If you have any questions, fire away.

Wow, the online status checker gets more detailed by the week it seems.

Just out of curiosity...

Why didn't you appeal the denial from your first app in 2018?

Also, what did you do between the denial of the first app and your second app in July 2020? Were you working or just gave up the fight? Did your disability get worse over time?

(Feel free to only answer questions you're comfortable answering and ignore the rest.)
Location: IL
Age at Application: 31
Disability: Depression, anxiety
Applied: 11/2013
First Denial: 03/2014
Reconsideration Denial: 11/2014
Hearing: 11/13/15 (Friday the 13th!)
ALJ Approval: 01/15/16 Fully Favorable
Back Pay: 02/13/16
Award Letter: 02/17/16
1st monthly benefit: 03/21/16

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Re: Deeked-2nd application
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2021, 04:32:11 pm »
Why didn't you appeal the denial from your first app in 2018?

I felt at the time that it would not be resolved in my favor, plus I was going through other issues at the time caring for my mother who passed as a result of her COPD. Which is what I have as well.

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Also, what did you do between the denial of the first app and your second app in July 2020? Were you working or just gave up the fight? Did your disability get worse over time?

I went back to the electrical union to try to get reinstated, which I was. Only worked a few months on light duty and could not do it. Because of my condition. I had to quit. I worked from Oct 2018 - March 2019. I made 18,000 in 2018 and 19,000 in 2019 for the fiscal years.

I'm really concerned that short work period might negatively affect my outcome.
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Just Me

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Re: Deeked-2nd application
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2021, 04:52:07 pm »
My condolences on the loss of your mother.
Nerve damage in upper and lower extremities. Degenerative Disc Disease, RA.

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newdawn

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Re: Deeked-2nd application
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2021, 05:07:00 pm »
I went back to the electrical union to try to get reinstated, which I was. Only worked a few months on light duty and could not do it. Because of my condition. I had to quit. I worked from Oct 2018 - March 2019. I made 18,000 in 2018 and 19,000 in 2019 for the fiscal years.

I'm really concerned that short work period might negatively affect my outcome.

Maybe it could work in your favor because it shows you tried to work but were unable to? Though depending on your age, etc. and whether you meet a listing, you might need to prove you can't work ANY job.

Do you know if your COPD meets a blue book listing?
Location: IL
Age at Application: 31
Disability: Depression, anxiety
Applied: 11/2013
First Denial: 03/2014
Reconsideration Denial: 11/2014
Hearing: 11/13/15 (Friday the 13th!)
ALJ Approval: 01/15/16 Fully Favorable
Back Pay: 02/13/16
Award Letter: 02/17/16
1st monthly benefit: 03/21/16

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Re: Deeked-2nd application
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2021, 05:22:04 pm »
Do you know if your COPD meets a blue book listing?

Ah yes. I'll be 53 on May 15. According to the Blue Book I meet all requirements based on my understanding of the charts and how to read them. I've apparently passed the medical portion as my case is now in Baltimore at ODO/PC7 (my guess based on what I've read), just waiting on them to make sure that I still meet the non-medical requirements for Disability Benefits.

Let me copy pasta some information from my full lung function test so you have a better idea. Here we go.

SPIROMETRY
Forced expiration demonstrates Severe obstructive ventilatory defect.

FLOW VOLUME LOOPS
Flow volume loops reveal decreased expiratory flow rates at all LUNG VOLUMES
consistent with airway obstruction.

DIFFUSION CAPACITY
Single breath CO Diffusing Capacity is Reduced, indicating loss of effectiveCapillary surface area for gas exchange.

CONCLUSION
Pulmonary Function Tests are abnormal due to a severe obstructive defect andabnormal due to a borderline reduced gas transfer defect. borderline positive response to aerosolized bronchodilators.
~END~
 
Let me tell you, I'd much rather be working full time in my life career than dealing with this lung condition. I would not wish it on anyone. But, I will be strong and deal with it as best as I can.
For those I love I will do great and terrible things

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Re: Deeked-2nd application
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2021, 10:16:34 pm »
Was the diagnostic equipment set to the specifications required?
Nerve damage in upper and lower extremities. Degenerative Disc Disease, RA.

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newdawn

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Re: Deeked-2nd application
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2021, 10:32:38 pm »
Yes, the status part about:

4. On April 22, 2021, a representative in BALTIMORE MARYLAND started a final review to make sure that you still meet the non-medical requirements for Disability Benefits.

does seem like a positive indicator. But I always hate to get anyone's hopes up if I don't know for sure.
Location: IL
Age at Application: 31
Disability: Depression, anxiety
Applied: 11/2013
First Denial: 03/2014
Reconsideration Denial: 11/2014
Hearing: 11/13/15 (Friday the 13th!)
ALJ Approval: 01/15/16 Fully Favorable
Back Pay: 02/13/16
Award Letter: 02/17/16
1st monthly benefit: 03/21/16

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Re: Deeked-2nd application
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2021, 10:43:32 pm »
This is kind of important. Is there anything I can do in order to be prepared for a denial? Like what the next steps could be or should I seek the assistance of an attorney? Anything along those lines?

Thank you
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Deeked

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Re: Deeked-2nd application
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2021, 10:55:47 pm »
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Was the diagnostic equipment set to the specifications required?

That I'm not sure about. I would hope so. The gentleman that dealt directly with me on behalf of the SSA requested the test and set the appointment up for me at the university of Maryland medical center.

If it would help, I could upload the full test report with all personal information edited out and maybe someone could take look at it. Does that sound like a plan? I probably won't be able to do it until tomorrow though.

And sorry for making another post. Didn't see I had two replies. Not at my computer and my vision isn't so good on this tiny screen.

Good night all. I'll check back in here tomorrow after I've made some phone calls. And thank you.
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newdawn

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Re: Deeked-2nd application
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2021, 11:10:07 pm »
This is kind of important. Is there anything I can do in order to be prepared for a denial? Like what the next steps could be or should I seek the assistance of an attorney? Anything along those lines?

Thank you

Personally, I would wait til you get a decision letter before planning next steps.

Next steps might include reviewing https://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/3.00-Respiratory-Adult.htm in detail, particularly the "E" and "F" sections about testing/report requirements, etc. as Just Me alluded to.

I would wait for the decision letter though and don't stress about it for now (well, don't stress as much as is humanly possible during this part of the waiting "game").

To quote jsm who is quoting someone else:

That post of New Dawn is going to take some study to understand.  Here is another quote about worry.

"Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength."

― Corrie Ten Boom
Location: IL
Age at Application: 31
Disability: Depression, anxiety
Applied: 11/2013
First Denial: 03/2014
Reconsideration Denial: 11/2014
Hearing: 11/13/15 (Friday the 13th!)
ALJ Approval: 01/15/16 Fully Favorable
Back Pay: 02/13/16
Award Letter: 02/17/16
1st monthly benefit: 03/21/16

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Re: Deeked-2nd application
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2021, 11:13:44 pm »
That I'm not sure about. I would hope so. The gentleman that dealt directly with me on behalf of the SSA requested the test and set the appointment up for me at the university of Maryland medical center.

If it would help, I could upload the full test report with all personal information edited out and maybe someone could take look at it. Does that sound like a plan? I probably won't be able to do it until tomorrow though.

Due to server space limitations, we can no longer upload documents to the forum.
Location: IL
Age at Application: 31
Disability: Depression, anxiety
Applied: 11/2013
First Denial: 03/2014
Reconsideration Denial: 11/2014
Hearing: 11/13/15 (Friday the 13th!)
ALJ Approval: 01/15/16 Fully Favorable
Back Pay: 02/13/16
Award Letter: 02/17/16
1st monthly benefit: 03/21/16

Deeked

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Re: Deeked-2nd application
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2021, 11:14:11 am »
No need for anymore questions. No need for anymore waiting. No more paperwork.

I called the Local SS office and was told that I was approved. They took my banking information and told me that they are just finalizing my information.

I have not been this happy in soooo long.

I want to thank everyone on this site for helping me when I was a Lurker (Guest) and all those that have helped me recently. To all those that said a prayer for me.

Thank You from the bottom of my heart.
Sincerely
David
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Re: Deeked-2nd application
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2021, 11:24:11 am »
Congratulations! 
Michigan
Initial App: 1/4/2019
Initial Denial: 8/17/2019
Prototype State-No Recon Level
Hearing Requested: 10/01/2019
Hearing Date: 4/21/2020
Hearing Decision: 5/01/2020
Fully Favorable Letter received: 5/08/2020
Award letter - 6/26/2020
Back pay - 6/22/2020
Monthly Payments begin 7/15/2020

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Re: Deeked-2nd application
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2021, 02:30:06 pm »
No need for anymore questions. No need for anymore waiting. No more paperwork.

I called the Local SS office and was told that I was approved. They took my banking information and told me that they are just finalizing my information.

I have not been this happy in soooo long.

I want to thank everyone on this site for helping me when I was a Lurker (Guest) and all those that have helped me recently. To all those that said a prayer for me.

Thank You from the bottom of my heart.
Sincerely
David

Yes!!!! Congrats!!!

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Location: IL
Age at Application: 31
Disability: Depression, anxiety
Applied: 11/2013
First Denial: 03/2014
Reconsideration Denial: 11/2014
Hearing: 11/13/15 (Friday the 13th!)
ALJ Approval: 01/15/16 Fully Favorable
Back Pay: 02/13/16
Award Letter: 02/17/16
1st monthly benefit: 03/21/16