I'VE Been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis I have 3 collapsed disk spinal stenosis scoliosis and kyfosis several pinched nerves I've been on std for the last 5 months I am in severe pain I've had three falls because of my leg giving out and have been told I'd probably be paralyzed in 5 years or less I try to do what I can but physical I just can't a different job wouldn't help because I can't sit or stand for long periods of time so just want some advice thanks
You should consider looking into it. Social Security Disability (SSDI) is for people who are expected to be disabled for at least 12 consecutive months. Orthopedic conditions like spinal stenosis don't tend to go away. However, it's not enough to be diagnosed. Severity of your conditions and how they impact limit your ability to work is important. Depending on your age, work history, and medical evidence, you may be eligible for SSDI and/or SSI. You could also be eligible for early Medicare. It's worth consulting with an experienced Social Security disability attorney. You can use Avvo to search for attorneys. Most offer free consultations. Avoid firms that use non-attorney advocates. Best of luck to you.
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Medically speaking, it sounds like you're an excellent candidate for SSA disability benefits. If you have enough credits and/or low resources and income, you may be found eligible. Good luck.
It sounds like you may be eligible, assuming you don't expect to return to work for another 7 months. Social Security's definition of disability is dependent on your age, education and work experience. It would be best to contact a local attorney to discuss the likelihood of success in your case.
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Yes, you should definitely look into SSDI. If your job offers Long-Term Disability (LTD) benefits you should also look into those as well. Don't wait to apply for SSDI, applying early gets the process started. It can take up (or more than) 18 months to get a hearing in some areas of the country. If you have an LTD benefit they may require your doctor to complete a Physical Capacity Evaluation (sometime called Functional Capacity Evaluation) every 6 months. Make sure you keep a copy of each of these forms and give it to your Social Security Attorney - these opinions may help in your SSDI case. If your doctor gives you any restrictions - ask him to include them in the medical record. This also helps. In fact keep all your LTD documents (letters, check stubs, doctor records). Use the Find a Lawyer feature at the top to find a good local SSDI Attorney. Good luck!
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The federal government runs two separate programs for social security benefits, supplemental security income (SSI) and supplemental security disability insurance (SSDI). In order to qualify for basic SSI, there is no prior work requirement; meaning that as long as you are disabled (suffering from a legally recognized medical impairment) and unable to work full-time for at least one full calendar year, you might be eligible for SSI (there are certain asset limits which an attorney can explain for the SSI program). Please note that as of 2014, full-time work (or "substantial gainful activity") is defined as working and earning over $1,070 per calendar year; this number may vary from year to year with inflation. In order to qualify for SSDI, you must have acquired a sufficient number of work quarters and you must meet the eligibility requirements discussed above for the SSI program. You should consider hiring an experienced social security attorney to help you apply for benefits. Other issues such as date last insured (DLI) and alleged onset dates (AOD) can impact both the amount of money a claimant receives on a claim as well as whether an individual qualifies for benefits. An attorney will be able to assist you with these and other issues which might potentially arise during the process.
If your not working and don't think you can maintain a fulltime work schedule you should file. Seek advice from an experienced attorney.
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