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TraceyJuliet
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« on: December 28, 2016, 05:13:07 PM »

Hey guys

So I finally received the right page letter from my ALJ! Lots to go over and when I have time I'll break down some things that may be helpful. What I really wanted to do was give a quick tip for those considering using a friend or family member as a resource.

My therapist from 2005 - 2010 wrote a letter on my behalf. The ALJ gave that letter weight enough to include it in his summation. He even quoted it.

I must remain impartial to the whole family member or friend plea, but the letter from my former therapist obviously had enough impact to be a part of his decision letter.
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I survived the 80's, drug rehab, twins, and divorce. None of those things were as stressful as the disability process.
Name: Tracey
Location: Naperville, Illinois
Age at Application: 51
Disability: F31.32 Moderate Bipolar 1 Disorder, PTSD, OCD, ADD, Anxiety
Date Applied: 9/22/2014
First Approval/Denial Date: Denied: 2/06/2015
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: Reconsideration Denied 4/18/2015
Date OTR requested: Hired Attorney 5/13/2015
Date Hearing Notice Received: 9/2/2016
Hearing Date: 11/28/2016
ALJ Approval/Denial Date: 12/23/2016 Fully Favorable, thank God!!!
Date Award Letter Received: 01/10/2017
Atticus
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2016, 05:34:09 PM »

Hey guys

So I finally received the right page letter from my ALJ! Lots to go over and when I have time I'll break down some things that may be helpful. What I really wanted to do was give a quick tip for those considering using a friend or family member as a resource.

My therapist from 2005 - 2010 wrote a letter on my behalf. The ALJ gave that letter weight enough to include it in his summation. He even quoted it.

I must remain impartial to the whole family member or friend plea, but the letter from my former therapist obviously had enough impact to be a part of his decision letter.

Did you submit the therapist's letter at the initial stage? Or did you submit it after you got an attorney?
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TraceyJuliet
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2016, 05:42:06 PM »

Both - with my initial application and when I hired my attorney. She was fierce with getting any and every bit of paperwork in.

Atticus, don't obsess about it. I got lucky with my ALJ, not all would consider third party letters. At the end of the day, it comes down to meeting each and every criteria spelled out by the SSDI rules and policies. DON'T obsess!  Main19

Added: I obsessed over everything too, Atticus - meant no judgmental tone, I'm preaching to the choir! SmileySmiley
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I survived the 80's, drug rehab, twins, and divorce. None of those things were as stressful as the disability process.
Name: Tracey
Location: Naperville, Illinois
Age at Application: 51
Disability: F31.32 Moderate Bipolar 1 Disorder, PTSD, OCD, ADD, Anxiety
Date Applied: 9/22/2014
First Approval/Denial Date: Denied: 2/06/2015
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: Reconsideration Denied 4/18/2015
Date OTR requested: Hired Attorney 5/13/2015
Date Hearing Notice Received: 9/2/2016
Hearing Date: 11/28/2016
ALJ Approval/Denial Date: 12/23/2016 Fully Favorable, thank God!!!
Date Award Letter Received: 01/10/2017

« Last Edit: December 28, 2016, 07:40:45 PM by TraceyJuliet »
Atticus
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2016, 08:45:33 PM »

Both - with my initial application and when I hired my attorney. She was fierce with getting any and every bit of paperwork in.

Atticus, don't obsess about it. I got lucky with my ALJ, not all would consider third party letters. At the end of the day, it comes down to meeting each and every criteria spelled out by the SSDI rules and policies. DON'T obsess!  Main19

Added: I obsessed over everything too, Atticus - meant no judgmental tone, I'm preaching to the choir! SmileySmiley

No worries! He he! I like picking up bits of information here and there. I am learning a lot. Threads like this are very useful! I am watching and learning very carefully.
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TraceyJuliet
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2016, 09:57:58 PM »

Both - with my initial application and when I hired my attorney. She was fierce with getting any and every bit of paperwork in.

Atticus, don't obsess about it. I got lucky with my ALJ, not all would consider third party letters. At the end of the day, it comes down to meeting each and every criteria spelled out by the SSDI rules and policies. DON'T obsess!  Main19

Added: I obsessed over everything too, Atticus - meant no judgmental tone, I'm preaching to the choir! SmileySmiley

No worries! He he! I like picking up bits of information here and there. I am learning a lot. Threads like this are very useful! I am watching and learning very carefully.

You make me smile, Atticus.
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I survived the 80's, drug rehab, twins, and divorce. None of those things were as stressful as the disability process.
Name: Tracey
Location: Naperville, Illinois
Age at Application: 51
Disability: F31.32 Moderate Bipolar 1 Disorder, PTSD, OCD, ADD, Anxiety
Date Applied: 9/22/2014
First Approval/Denial Date: Denied: 2/06/2015
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: Reconsideration Denied 4/18/2015
Date OTR requested: Hired Attorney 5/13/2015
Date Hearing Notice Received: 9/2/2016
Hearing Date: 11/28/2016
ALJ Approval/Denial Date: 12/23/2016 Fully Favorable, thank God!!!
Date Award Letter Received: 01/10/2017
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2016, 11:15:06 PM »

When you get a chance Tracey please post as much as you can from the letter as it will help many.
Thanks.
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Name: Vicki
Location: IL
Age at Application: 59. Age now 62
Disability: Hypogammagobulimannenia , aggressive arthritis spine, 4 level cervical fusion, chronic pain, DDD,COPD,
Date Applied: 7/2013
First Approval/Denial Date: 11/2013
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: 5/2014
Date OTR requested: 6/2014
Hearing Date: January 19, 2016
Date Award Letter Received: February 3, 2016. per benefit letter on my SS website
Date Back Pay Received: February 4, 2016 direct deposit
Additional Info: fully favorable letter by mail Feb 6, 2016. Medicare started Dec 2015
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2016, 12:48:20 AM »

When you get a chance Tracey please post as much as you can from the letter as it will help many.
Thanks.

I absolutely will! I received it late in the day. I do my best "thinking" and orderly work with that first pot of coffee.  Main06
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I survived the 80's, drug rehab, twins, and divorce. None of those things were as stressful as the disability process.
Name: Tracey
Location: Naperville, Illinois
Age at Application: 51
Disability: F31.32 Moderate Bipolar 1 Disorder, PTSD, OCD, ADD, Anxiety
Date Applied: 9/22/2014
First Approval/Denial Date: Denied: 2/06/2015
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: Reconsideration Denied 4/18/2015
Date OTR requested: Hired Attorney 5/13/2015
Date Hearing Notice Received: 9/2/2016
Hearing Date: 11/28/2016
ALJ Approval/Denial Date: 12/23/2016 Fully Favorable, thank God!!!
Date Award Letter Received: 01/10/2017
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