We have previously discussed the difficulty that some Social Security disability applicants have with the lengthy application process. We have also discussed one extreme case of a man who crashed his van into a Social Security office because he was enraged by repeated denials of his claim and another case in which a woman had to call on the power of the President of the United States to speed up the process on her lingering disability claim. It is important for Portland residents to understand that besides political intervention, the most effective way to help a disability claim is to consult with an experienced Social Security disability attorney.
One physician recently wrote about the difficulty that one of her patients had during the SSDI application process. The patient was an engineer who worked on complicated assignments such as a crane that NASA used to assemble orbiters and another crane that was used underwater for nuclear submarines.
The engineer, who the physician nicknamed “Doug” in her article, became disabled through a rare spine disorder that left him in constant pain. The engineer eventually lost his full time job but used his severance package to buy a drafting table so he could part time work from home. The pain eventually became too great for the engineer to support himself completely so he filed for SSDI benefits while still attempting to make enough money to prevent himself from going on welfare.
“Doug’s first application for disability was denied,” the physician wrote. “He was using his drafting table to freelance occasionally for his old company, barely making enough to cover his daily necessities and falling short on his mortgage. But because he was working, he wasn’t considered disabled. It’s likely that if he’d applied for welfare instead of trying to freelance, he would have been approved right away.”
In tomorrow’s post we will expand on Doug’s story and highlight some important lessons that can be learned from it.
Source: Guernica, “Tell Me Where It Hurts,” Heather Kovich, Sept. 2011