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  • Disability Application Denial

    Hi - I've been a member for a while and learned a lot from the postings. And talking with Lisa has been invaluable. I am unable to continue working even on a part-time basis. There are days when I'm great and then, oh boy, the days I get out of bed, shower, and go back and forth to the bedroom. My cardiologist recommended I apply for disability benefits. I am 60 years old. I applied to Social Security, filled out all the forms, got letters from my physicians, and was told to see the government's physician. This appointment was 1 week after my pacemaker replacement. When this "physician" wanted to remove my surgical dressing and I refused, she became annoyed, listened to my heart, said it was pumping just fine and there wasn't a problem. She refused to read any of the information I had brought with me. I was then notified that "you can walk, talk, use your hands, you can work, just because you can't earn as much income as you did as a paralegal, you can do any work. You are not eligible for benefits." My last visit to the cardiologist, I told him what has happened and he suggested I contact an attorney. I live in Seal Beach, Ca, just south of Long Beach, in Southern California. Does anybody know an attorney in my area that understands HCM and its ramifications? I'd appreciate any feedback. Thanks - Sharon Binder

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    Re: Disability Application Denial

    I do not know the name of an attorney in your area but do look for one. It is not unusual to be turned down when you first apply. I was, and then through an attorney and a hearing they even backed my disability up 2 years. I am 57 and have been on disability for 1 year. I do continue to work part time as it is good for me mentally and emotionally. Sometimes when we have to put one foot in front of the other we end up feeling better all over. Good luck with all of this it takes patience and perserverence.

    Diagnosed in 1977, Myectomy in 1981 @ Mayo Rochester
    ICD&Pacemaker 1996
    Heart transplant March 19, 2004 @ Mayo Rochester
    Mom of Kaye.


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      Re: Disability Application Denial

      I would contact your local "bar association", ask them for DI specialist.

      Best wishes,
      Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
      YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

      Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
      lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
      Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
      Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
      Currently not obstructed
      Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)


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        Re: Disability Application Denial

        Since I work with many social service depts. I learned from our local Disability service that you can almost always count on being denied the first time you apply. And you will probably be denied the second time. On the average you will get it the third try. Social Security Disability has got to be one of the hardest benefits to receive. It's funny though, when I blew my lower back out and was labeled disabled, the SS office asked the same exact thing. Can you walk, can you move your arms? You can? The you have no chance of getting it. Just like that.
        Don't give up. A lot of us government workers (not me) start thinking we are the protectors of the "fund" and forget why we took the job in the first place. Keep smiling. Have a great week