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Ssdi, I Was Told To File. What Are The Rules, Or Limitations?

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I have a TDIU appeal pending right now. I'm 80% right now. Haven't worked since Sep 08.

I've heard about a file time that you need to request for Social Security benefits. What is this time line to file.

What things do I file for? SSDI is like TDIU as far as i can tell basically, only for Social Security office. But I've heard of other things you can file for. How does one know what they can file for on these extra things.

Also, I know with TDIU you can't work to much, but you are allowed to get a little money during each year as long as it is way below poverty money. You know like if you had a business making soda can people as sold them on ebay or something.

What about SSDI? My main disability is bi-polar with bad nerve damage ( Sciatica, lower back pain nerve pinch, tumor removal from spine, Ulnar nerve entrapment and surgery ). Am I allowed to do work around the house. Can I still do the few activities I am still able to do? Or will I get found out and reported and get all the stuff taken away? I've heard of people on SSDI who are afraid to mow their lawn using a riding mower.

Lastly, Should I file for my SSDI now even while my TDIU is in appeals status right now? My Mental Health provider has suggested I should be filing for it. I just don't know!!!!!

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You need to call Social Security to ask them. You have not worked since 08 and that may be a factor.


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There is a lot of info too at:


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I would file online like I did just go to the site for Social Security like Berta gave you. It is quite long and intensive but you can save a file and come back and finish later. Get all your medical records before hand makes it easier.

Also you should have been getting SS statements showing how much you will receive when you retire. If you have not worked since 08 that is what 3 years so you should have enough credits to file. DO NOT let it go or if you reach a 5 year limit and have not worked you could get screwed.

File today if those doctors said you should and get everything together!

Good luck to you!

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What stillhere said.

I haven't worked since 1998 when my depression just got too much for me. When I filed for SSDI last year (encouraged by folks here - worth a shot, right?) I was denied outright, just because it had been too long since I worked.

I didn't appeal because it was more than I could face. Now that I'm 70% service connected for PTSD with Depression, and got TDIU awarded in just a few months, I'm thinking I might try applying again. In my C&P report, the examiner states that I stopped working due to a severe depressive episode... and I have pharmacy records that show I started taking anti-depressants in 1999. I know that I stopped working because of my emotional problems... but proving it to the SSA will be an uphill battle. :( I don't know if I can face it...

So get that application in!! It's enough of a fight to get them to award SSDI within the 5 year time period - don't let the 5 years go by and add to their arsenal of reasons to deny!

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I would contact a lawyer that deals with SSA in your area

and request a consult which will probably be done at no charge.

I would take the SSA denial with me and also take any SSA statements

you might have.


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