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Terri Martin, Volunteer Mentor (@windwalker)

Applying for Disability

MAC & Bronchiectasis | Last Active: Aug 22, 2022 | Replies (35)

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I finally got approved for disability….about 2.5 years after applying. I was denied twice, then hired a lawyer. A lawyer will get 25% of your back pay up to $6,000 maximum. So mine got it approved and she got $6,000 of my back pay. It was worth it to finally get it approved. File as soon as you can, because it does take a while. Document EVERYTHING. Keep a daily journal of your symptoms, how you feel, doctor appointments, etc. I had over 200 appointments at Mayo in 2017, documentation of everything, diagnosed with CHF, myocarditis, fibromyalgia, had 9 hospital stays in one year, and still got denied twice. I think they hope you just give up. Don't give up. It's very frustrating, but stick with it. When you do get approved, you get back pay. I got approved about a month ago, got my back pay, and got my first monthly check this week. Yea!! It doesn't replace the 6 figure income I was making, but it does help. I'm happy to answer any questions.

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Glad to hear that you got approved. Mine took about a year.

I would like to add a word of caution about the wait period after you have filed. Do not make the mistake that I did. I worked as a temp for one month to fill in for an employee who was recovering from surgery. All I had to do was sit at a desk and greet customers.This was to help a friend. I had no idea that it was not going to be off the books, or that it would effect my back pay. That one month of working caused me to lose $20,000 in back pay.