SSDI Hearing Update


Sorry I didn’t update you all yesterday after the hearing, but I was just too exhausted mentally, emotionally, and physically after the stress of the day. Overall, I think the hearing went ok. It didn’t start out very well since my husband and I had trouble locating the right building and ended up walking through the thick, slushy snow so far that I had an asthma attack, started crying, and was totally soaked from the knees down by the time we actually found the right building. The roads were bad too from the snowstorm and parking was almost impossible since none of the parking lots had been cleared yet.

Once we got into the building, I had a few minutes to recover from the asthma attack and calm down at least. I also had about 15 minutes to meet with my lawyer before the hearing to go over everything again. During the hearing itself, I was quite nervous. I was doing a lot of rocking back and forth (“stimming” in autistic terms).

I think I only had the nerve to look at the judge two or three times the entire hour I was in there. I mostly stared at the microphone and tried to block out everyone else there while answering questions. That seemed to help my social anxiety. I think I did a decent job answering the judges questions…and she asked a lot. I never lost control of myself, although in my closing remarks I did tear up a bit and got a little emotional talking about how hard it had become for me to keep a job due to my physical and mental disabilities.

Unfortunately, the judge did not tell me her decision yesterday. I will have to wait to receive the official verdict letter. On the positive side, my attorney did say afterwards that he thought it went great and even on the off chance that the judge gave a negative verdict, he thought I had a strong enough case that he would appeal that. I hope it doesn’t come to that though, God only knows how much longer that would make the whole thing drag out…and quite honestly, we need the money as soon as possible, especially since I just got a $1,500 ER bill (our deductible sucks).

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25 thoughts on “SSDI Hearing Update”

  1. Well high five for getting it done! I personally think it’s unfair that we need to go to such lengths when it’s obviously detrimental to our over-all health. It’s like oh you’re sick, well then lets put you in the most stressful situation possible and see how you do, with no consideration to what toll that will put on your body. Anyway, my baggage there. 🙂 I’m glad you are done and it’s behind you. Wishing the best possible outcome!!

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  2. I really hope you get a good outcome! If the lawyer thinks it went well then it probably did. I’ll be praying for you. Out of curiosity, how did you end up deciding to go for SSDI and what was your process like? And how long did you have to be in the workforce before you qualified?

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    1. What made me apply for SSDI is just not being able to keep a job, even part-time because of all my physical and mental conditions. I wasn’t even able to keep a job working two days a week because I ended up in the hospital too often and missed work. The process wasn’t too bad, but I got a lawyer from the start. You do have to have a certain number of work credits to apply for SSDI. You would have to check to see how many you have to see if you can apply.


      1. I’ll be praying for you that you get good news. Part of me wishes I could do something like SSDI, but my suspicion is that I probably do not have enough of a work history. But I too would be unable to keep a job. Normally I don’t worry about it because we are fortunate that my husband makes a good living. But it does occur to me in the back of my nightmares that if something were to happen to my husband I would be in a bad spot. I would not only need to take care of myself but of course take care of our child, and I am not able to hold a job. I would be in trouble. But I’m probably not eligible for SSDI anyway. I’ve heard that there was some kind of SSDI you can apply for without having much of a work history but I’m not sure what that is. And my husband is against me applying at all since he makes a good living and we don’t really want to be taking from a welfare system when we don’t need to. It’s there for people who need it and my husband keeps our bills paid. But still, there’s that lingering concern in my mind because of something happened to him I would really need help.

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      2. If you don’t have enough work credits, the only other way to get SSDI is if you can pull from a parent’s account, but you would have to prove you were disabled before a certain age. I think the parent may need to be deceased too, but not sure about that. SSI is the other program for disability, but that one is restricted by income, so if your husband makes a decent living, I seriously doubt you would qualify. My husband doesn’t make a ton of money, but we still make too much for SSI. I understand your worries about something happening to your husband. That is my worst nightmare too.


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