Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) where's my SSDI check?
Recently on our disability forum a user asked, I have worked for the same company for 20 years. Last week there was a large chemical spill at my place of employment, and I was diagnosed with multiple chemical sensitivity. My doctor said I will not be able to work for at least 12 months. I applied for SSDI benefits two months ago and I am wondering where is my SSDI check?
Multiple chemical sensitivity is classified as an environmental illness. This is a general categorization because the cause can include exposure to physical, biological, or chemical compounds. Persons who suffer from this condition may have minor to severe symptoms, including breathing issues, skin rashes, diarrhea, confusion, memory loss, itching, sneezing, sore throat, and muscle pain.
The best way to ensure you will receive an SSDI check is to get medical care. Having a strong doctor/patient relationship, following your doctors medical plan, and having the medical notes from your doctor stating you cannot work do not ensure you will win SSDI benefits, but it helps.
How do I get my SSDI check?
Many disabled workers are under the impression that getting disability benefits is as simple as filling out an application form and sending it to the SSA. Unfortunately, not only do millions of applicants apply for SSDI benefits- making the process VERY slow- there are also many requirements that claimants must meet to be approved for SSDI benefits and to get their SSDI check.
Now, you mentioned that you do not currently work, your doctor states that your condition is expected to last at least 12 months, and you have worked at the same job for 20 years. Assuming you have been paying employment taxes and have earned enough work credits for SSDI benefits, it sounds like you meet the nonmedical requirements for SSDI.
The next question the SSA will evaluate is whether you meet the medical requirements. To make this determination the SSA will request your medical information from all of your treating sources and make a determination about whether or not your multiple chemical sensitivity is severe enough to keep you from retraining for new work. For example, although your doctor notes you cannot work your current job, has he ruled out working a job that is sedentary or one which does not expose you to any chemicals? If not, the SSA is likely to deny your claim stating that you can retrain for new work.
Disability claim evaluated by the DDS
If you have not heard back from the SSA this probably means your claim is at the Disability Determinations Office and it is under review. Although this should not take more than six to eight weeks, there are many factors which can delay a claim. If you have questions about the status of your claim or what stage of the disability process it is in, you can contact the SSA at www.ssa.gov and review your claim status online.
What do I do if I am denied and I do not receive my SSDI check?
Given that 65-70% of claims are denied SSDI and workers do not get an SSDI check the first time they apply for benefits, its always a good idea to consider what steps you will need to take if you do not win benefits.
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