PENNSYLVANIA -- November 21, 2006 I was declared "significantly disabled" by my doctor and no longer able to work. I compiled all of my medical records and completed the online Social Security disability application for benefits within about one week. About 3 days after completing the application I received a letter from the Social Security Administration office and had an appointment. I met with the gentleman who would be processing my SSI claim and he completed the process for me that day. He informed me it would take up to 6 months to complete the review process. The Social Security Department of Disability Services in PA received my application on December 7th. One December 22nd they gave my application to an adjuster and next Wednesday, December 27th, I am to call them about the status of my claim and the possibility of "presumptive disability" and receiving an expedited processing of my claim. My experience with the Social Security Administration up to this point has been impressive. Their responsiveness to my application and my questions have been nothing short of amazing. I will let you all know how I make out next week after I speak with the adjuster.
A couple of points about successfully filing for Social Security Benefits:
(1). Have a legitimate claim
(2). File your claim properly and completely on line on the Internet.
(3). Have all of your medical reports and records for them when you go to your first meeting.
(3). Get the name of the person who is handling your claim and their direct phone number.
(4). Follow up with your states DDS Office within 2-3 weeks after your claim has been processed and then follow up with them on a regular basis. Provide the adjustor with any and all new medical information you receive-from new doctors and hospitals only.
(5) Write or fax thank you notes for good service should you receive it.
(6). Be patient and don't quit! And-appeal if you are denied your claim. Not all claims are automatically denied. Most claims are denied due to mistakes on filing for the claim or not properly providing medical information needed by the agency.