Have you or an immediate family member eligible for disability payments, SS or otherwise?

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Yes, my ex wife received SSDI after being diagnosed with MS. After some treatment, and making some changes in the way she worked, she was able to return to work for awhile. I don’t think she currently receives benefits. She also received benefits under a non-government disability insurance plan.

Yes, my mother had several severe health issues staring in her late 30’s and she ended up on extended disability starting around age 38.

My husband is. We’re trying to get SSA to tell us the amount.

My brother was eventually approved for SSDI. Metastatic osteosarcoma. AK amputation. Spread to his lungs.

This was back before the Compassionate Allowance program was rolled out. He was initially rejected and had to go to court.

I have a niece-by-marriage who has autism (PDD-NOS) and a seizure disorder; her intelligence is normal but the older she gets, it’s becoming more and more apparent that she will never be capable of living independently. IDK if she is on SSI, but she has a Medicaid waiver that our state has for some families of disabled children; IIRC, families who earn up to something like 400% of the poverty level are qualified. In addition to her therapies and treatments being covered this way (private insurance is the secondary coverage) they also get a certain number of hours of respite care each month, even though she’s not so severely impaired that she can’t have a regular babysitter.

My brother has been on SSI since his mid 30s (he’s almost 50 now, jeez). Anxiety disorder, and not able to hold a job. Over the years we talked about his situation. He is well-off enough to take care of himself, but just does not have what it takes to go to work, ride a bus, drive a car, have a relationship, etc. When I got on his case about all this when we were younger, he asked a good question: “What is supposed to happen to people like me?”.

My wife received a one-time settlement for an on-the-job injury. The settlement amount was calculated based on “percentage disability.” It’s relatively minor, but will always be an impairment in her capabilities.

Nope and I was turned down when I applied.

I get a 10% disability pay from the VA for a knee that I tore up while in the military. The 10% actually isn’t much at all as I’m retired military. What happens is that they take 10% of my retirement pay and give it to the VA who gives it to me. As the VA disablity pay isn’t taxable, but my mil retirement pay is, I save a few bucks a year on income taxes both state and federal. It probably comes to about $400 a year.

Some retired military do get their retirement pay plus VA disability. They have to have something like a 60% or more disability from an injury sustained in combat.

Not my parents or brother. But all of my aunts on my mom’s side (two who have died, two who are living) and my cousin on my dad’s side. My SIL should have it but was denied and didn’t follow through very hard.

Oh, my dad did get disability for a bit before he retired. I think he was still on disability (his spine is a wreck) when Ford did the buyout and he left.

Everyone in my family who has received it has been unequivocally entitled to it. No fakers.

Two cousins on my mom’s side. One developed severe paranoid schizophrenia in his early 20s (hallucinations, paranoid delusions, etc.) He actually would love to be able to work, but much of the time he is just not functional and on heavy meds. It was really sad - he is a really sweet guy, and when this all happened he was newly married with a baby daughter. The marriage did not survive, and he ended up giving up parental rights to his daughter’s stepfather when his wife remarried.

His sister: well, I don’t know what her actual diagnosis is, but in addition to a really bad back (mostly from being in various car accidents because she drives like a maniac), it’s plainly apparent within about 30 seconds of talking to her that she is not socially functional to the extent that she’s completely unemployable. She has been in one kind of trouble or another basically forever: all kinds of insane risk-taking and poor judgment are involved. You really need to meet her to understand. I don’t recommend it, though.

I’ve been on disability for blindness for 25 years. Blindness is a separate category of disability, with some of the eligibility and compliance rules different. Since age 65, though, I am on simple retirement SS, with disability rules no longer applicable.

My mother would be but she refused the disability. The disability would have been due to her physical problems; one of her mental problems is that on one hand she wants everybody to treat her nicely because she’s sick and on the other she doesn’t want anybody to know she’s sick (and how sick is that?).

Yep, due to my bad hand and general quirkiness. It’s standard to be turned down twice, but after what I went through to be turned down once, I decided finding work would be easier.

Yes, I will be filing for VA disability because of screwed-up joints and other problems due to injuries I sustained while I was in the Navy.

My dad was, due to his completely wrecked knees and partially amputated foot. After he passed away my mom was able to get a percentage of his benefits.

I receive Social Security Disability due to a workplace accident. I ruptured my disks in my lower back and I fused from L3 to S1and in chronic pain. I wish I was still working, I miss it very much.

Yes, many years ago, for depression. (This was back in 1999.)

Wait, if you were turned down and you’re able to work, how does this make you eligible for SSDI, as per the OP’s question? I don’t think s/he meant “do you *think *you’re eligible?”

How does “general quirkiness” make you eligible for SSDI?