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?

September 29, 2022, 01:32:04 am

Login with username, password and session length


  • Total Posts: 246146
  • Total Topics: 24580
  • Online Today: 172
  • Online Ever: 1127
  • (January 16, 2020, 04:17:02 pm)
Users Online
Users: 0
Guests: 57
Total: 57

You are no longer alone ...

Author Topic: ssdi check your application  (Read 9933 times)


  • Guest
ssdi check your application
« on: January 04, 2010, 06:39:13 am »
Everytime i check this page all it says is we have not made a decision on your application the dds in your state is processing the medical portion of your application.Anyone ever get a different message.did you get a decision and the web page still said a decision has not been made. ???


  • Guest
Re: ssdi check your application
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2010, 07:14:33 am »
Welcome to the world of Disability Efficiency. 
Do not count on the online page to keep you up to date. 
You will get your letters long before they put anything in there. 
It took them close to a month to catch up my on line web page to what was going on. 
Unfortunately the only way to get updates is to continue to call and watch and your mailbox.
By the way, welcome to
We'll help you all we can.

Trajector Media

  • Administrator
  • ~ Platinum ~
  • ****
  • Posts: 14818
  • People helped 418
Re: ssdi check your application
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2010, 09:12:14 pm »
Hey Junior
I agree with Mark. 

They almost never updated my status until well after things happened.

I would not use the online page as a gauge for your case. 

You will get your letters long before you get an update on that webpage.
I speak from experience not expertise.


  • Guest
Re: ssdi waiting for initial decision
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2010, 06:47:39 pm »
 Great Site, people are left in dark how the system works.You posted what a first decision denial letter looks like. Do you know what a 1st approval letter looks like and how it is mailed? 8x11 envelope,many pages compared to denial? Any hints before opening between good or bad news? Waiting for decision any day now. Need 2 total knee replacements, worked heavy construction 25yrs, broke down with stage 4 arthritis,out of work for 15 months now.Told by doctor will be unable to work construction anymore.High School ed. 50yrs old. Anyone have thoughts where I stand.

Trajector Media

  • Administrator
  • ~ Platinum ~
  • ****
  • Posts: 14818
  • People helped 418
Re: ssdi check your application
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2010, 04:55:41 pm »
Hi and welcome to the site.  I agree with you about how people are left in the dark about almost every step of the process.  That is why I started this site.  I was hoping to shine some light in places that have long been dark. 

I know when I was going through this the one thing I really wanted to know is what was going to be in that next envelope and I could NOT find that info anywhere.  I scoured the web looking for it and could not find it.

As for the approval letter on the first filing.  That is a bit like the loch ness monster and big foot, I have heard that some people have seen it but I am not sure it really exists.  Though for your sake I sure hope it does. 

I do know that you would get an approval letter first which should come in a regular business sized envelope.  It would look much the same as a denial letter from the outside unfortunately so you really wouldn't be able to tell either way from the envelope.  It will basically say that they find that you to be disabled and I am not sure if it has the silly part about whether or not you meet the credit requirements for Disability.  Which is kinda silly because they cover that when you apply and make sure that you do, otherwise they would have you apply for SSI Disability.  You have to have so many work credits to be eligible for SSDI Disability. 

After you get the approval letter you then get an award letter, chance are by then however, you already have received your backpay or first payment.  So always check your bank account if you have direct deposit. I will make a call and see if there is a form approval letter for first approvals though.

My Disabilities are very much like yours.  I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and I had lisfranc surgery to my right foot where they had to put pins, screws and bone replacement.  I also have back issues and migraine headaches.  I was recovering from surgery for almost a year alone and still struggled for 3 to get approved.  They tried to tell me I could do other work that was more sedentary but with the pain medication I was on and the back issues and pain from the arthritis and being unable to sit for long periods or focus on anything that was an issue.  I think you have a really good shot but do NOT get discouraged even if they give you a hard time.

Do you have an attorney or are you going it alone?  I am sorry you are going through this.  It must be tough working so hard your whole life and now this but don't get discouraged, we have all been there and can help you out as you need it. Hopefully it will be a short journey, you will get your benefits, your surgery and back on your feet as best you can.  I am glad your here and feel free to ask anything you need.
I speak from experience not expertise.


  • ~ Platinum ~
  • *
  • Posts: 546
  • People helped 4
Re: ssdi pappa22 & knee problems
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2010, 01:59:15 pm »
Hate to rain on anyone’s parade but papa22, you stand on a very precarious perch.  Your being allowed or denied benefits will be determined by a series of subjective assessments.

Your post indicates you have a severe medical condition that will prevent your performing your past construction work.  The question is; does your medical condition meet the SSA definition of disability.  I.e., is your medical condition expected to result in death, or has/will your medical condition prevent ANY type of gainful employment?  See   

No one can say you do/do not meet that definition of disability without reviewing all of the current medical records your statements suggest you may not.  SSA uses a sequential evaluation process to determine eligibility: 
1 Are you working?  no;
2 Do you have a severe impairment? yes;
3 Does your medical impairment meet/equal a series of the Listings? Does not appear so.  This one is up for interpretation.  Compare your situation with 1.03 Reconstructive surgery or surgical arthrodesis of a major weight- bearing joint, with inability to ambulate effectively, as defined in 1.00B2b, and return to effective ambulation did not occur, or is not expected to occur, within 12 months of onset.  Knee replacements would certainly appear to be reconstruction of weight bearing joints.  But you have not had them yet – close does not count except in horseshoes, etc. 
4 Can you perform past work?  Probably not.
5 Can you perform other than past work, i.e. ANY work in the national economy?

When SSA says ANY, they mean ANY - not what you would like to do, not what would pay a lot of money, not something in your local area, not what you have been trained to do but any work.  This includes, but is not limited to: chicken sexer, chicken debeaker, flower stem arranger, silverware wrapper, and thousands of other jobs in the national economy. 

To determine if you can perform ANY type of work the disability examiner will consider your age, education, past work experience and overall mental/physical capacity to perform work related tasks.   S/he will use what SSA calls the Grid. 

If the disability examiner determines you cannot perform your past work that required heavy, or medium exertion, but you retain the ability to perform light work Rule 202.14 would direct a determination of not disabled.  Light work assumes, however, the ability to stand/walk for at least 6 hours in an 8 hour work day.  Assuming medical records support your not being able to stand/walk that long, Rule 201.14 would be controlling.  That rule would allow you benefits. 

Overall, unfortunately for you, it would appear your condition may meet the SSA definition of disability and your should receive a favorable determination.