I have a brain tumor, have had 2 crainotomies and radiation. I have single sided hearing loss, vertigo, balance issues, and tinnitus. I also have moderate severe asthma, and major depression and general anxiety disorder. I applied for SSDI and SSI benefits 8 months ago and am waiting on a medical determination. They have not requested any additional information and they are not sending me to a doctor. Are there any indications it will be approved?
You should go to your local social security office on Knapp Road in Grand Rapids. Tell them this is a "compassionate allowance" claim which needs to be expedited. If you do not get a favorable response in the very near future you should reach out to a very good Michigan based social security attorney.
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It is hard to know what silence means. Sometimes it does indicate that your case has been sent to Chicago for Quality Review (which means it might get paid). But it could also be a case that has fallen through the cracks or something has gotten stuck in the processing. If you have the number of the person at the Disability Determination Service (DDS) who is handling your file, then you could call there to ask about the status. Or if you set up a My Account with the SSA website, then you can check the status on that platform.
There is no real way to know for certain whether your claim will be approved, regardless of your medical conditions.
Depending on the type of cancer you are experiencing, however, you may meet the requirements for a compassionate allowance, as outlioned here: ssa.gov/compassionateallowances/conditions.htm .
I suggest you contact your local office for an update to see if there is anything you can do to expedite the process.
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