I filed a disability claim after I found out my problems were not hemorrhoids (as I had been told for a year) and found out it was anal cancer. I was denied 3 times, even though I gave them every piece of paper they asked for, doctors names, addressed and phone numbers.
Three years later I finally was approved. Only after I called Binder and Binder (I could not afford a lawyer and they said they would not take any money unless I won my case) did I qualify for disability. It took them a year, but they helped and I was awarded from the time I first went to the hospital for the problems (which was before I was actually diagnosed with cancer).
I didn't have to do much. I sent them the same thing I had the government, with a long letter explaining everything from start to the date I called them. They called me for a court hearing a year later. I went, the judge didn't even ask me any questions. I was there for about 15 minutes and was told I was being approved retroactive.
If you are being told you can't work; you should apply for SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) and in that process your information will automatically be sent to SSI (Supplemental Security Insurance).
I was told it also helped that I turned 55 during that process. I guess the government doesn't think you are employable after that age. They also told me the doctors records were very explicit, which helped a lot.
One more note: Some people don't realize you have had to of worked in the last 5 years to qualify for SSDI. You might want to check with someone on that rule; I'm not sure if it's from the date of your first diagnosis or if it just means 5 years of work. SSI does not use that rule.
As the two gentlemen said, it's not easy.
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