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Sharon A Christie

Sharon Christie’s Answers

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  • SSDI in Maryland. How long after appeals, etc. does it take to get in front of an Administrative Law Judge?

    Stopped working Feb 2011. I initially applied for Disability in Georgia in June 2012. Was denied and appealed. Moved to Maryland Aug 2012 (husband's job.) Case was transferred to MD. Contracted with Genex Services Jan 2013. All diagnoses, reports...

    Sharon’s Answer

    I am a little confused on your timeline, but I can tell you that in Maryland it generally takes about 15 months from the time the request for hearing is filed to get in front of a judge. I would contact Genex and ask for the specific status of your case at the hearing office (i.e. pending folder assembly, waiting for ALJ assignment or ready to schedule). That will give you a better idea of where the case is in the process.

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  • Approved for SSDI in May. Had to sell house or lose it. Got a SSDI disapproval letter today saying I made profit from sale.???

    Had to sell house or bank was repossessing. Sold house for $100K under value. Why is SS denying my benefits after I was clearly approved in the amount of $810 a month. Letter today says I made money on the sale of house and was not entitled to ...

    Sharon’s Answer

    You should call your local office right away and ask for an explanation. If your disability is through SSDI then the proceeds from the sale of a house should not make a difference.

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  • My understanding is that I can apply for SS disability at age 55 if I have worked long enough in the State Government

    Or in the Local or Federal Government

    Sharon’s Answer

    You can apply for Social Security disability if you have worked long enough paying into the Social Security system. You can check to see if you have enough work quarters by getting your most recent Social Security benefits statement online at www.ssa.gov.
    Of course, you will also have to prove that you have limitations that keep you from doing substantial gainful activity to meet the definition of "disabled".

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  • My Real Question is Do I have to stop working to apply for disability? What are the steps to getting disability services in PA?

    I have been suffering with Extreme High Blood Pressure for many years, over the last six months I have been pushed to be admitted into the hospital straight from two of my most recent Doctor visits... I have received the disability health form fro...

    Sharon’s Answer

    Social Security defines disabled as having limitations that keep you from doing "substantial gainful activity" for at least 12 consecutive months. That generally means that your health problems cause limitations that are so severe you cannot do any type of work on a full time basis or, if you work part time, you are earning less that $1040/month (gross, not take home). You cannot apply for disability if you are working full time.

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  • At my ssdi hearing the judge changed my onset date of disabilty and discussed with my lawyer at the hearing. Did I win?

    At the hearing the judge asked me a few questions and had me tell my story. He then wanted to change my onset of disabily date and discussed it with my attorney and they agreed on a new date. There was also a VE there who was never even questioned...

    Sharon’s Answer

    You never know the outcome of a hearing until you receive the written decision. Based on the information you provided, it sounds promising but the best person to answer your question is your lawyer.

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  • Do i qualify 4 disability benefits if i have glycoma.

    my vision in the left eye is blury and is on the border line.

    Sharon’s Answer

    social Security does not determine if you are disabled based solely on your diagnosis. It depends on how that condition affects your ability to work. If your only problem is blurred vision in one eye that is unlikely to be a disabling condition in my opinion.

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  • I use to get social security income but then i got married and i lost it, if i get a divorce can i get it back?

    I live in frederick county

    Sharon’s Answer

    It sounds like you were receiving SSI disability. When you got married both your income and your husband's income would be considered. If the income was too high then you no can no longer receive SSI disability. You should contact your local Social Security office to find out if your benefits can be reinstated.

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  • I want to know if I have a claim for social security disability?

    Recent Heart Attack , tent put in , Angina , Heart Disease . . . type 2 Diabetes w / injections , neuropathology , sleep appear , asthma , high blood pressure , Acid Reflux Disease ( erosion of esophageal sphincter ) , irritable bow...

    Sharon’s Answer

    You can get Social Security disability if the limitations from your physical and/or mental conditions keep you from working full time. The conditions you describe could certainly cause limitations this severe. You should consult a disability lawyer to review your case in more detail.

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  • I applied for social security benefits back in July 2012. Should I have had a decision by now?

    I had a major stroke and been living with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B/C since 2001; I went back to work for 11-years. This year I was diagnosed with, Major Depressive Disorder, Hypertension and Neuropathy, and working became very, very difficult and...

    Sharon’s Answer

    It generally takes 3-6 months to get a decision in Baltimore if you have just applied. You should call your local office and check on the status of your case to make sure it is moving through the process properly.

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  • I have been suffering with disabilities. ..nearly my whole life. I'm finding it quit difficult to receive SSI benefits/ At this

    Physically and Mental Disabilities/Have been receiving Doctors Forms saying im Disabled for many of years now....Need a Lawyer that is qualified to deal with my position at hand....

    Sharon’s Answer

    The disability process is very frustrating. If you call my office we would be happy to help you. 410-823-8200

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