Do not Make This Social Security Mistake – It Cost me $24,000!

Social Security Disability recognizes Thoracic Outlet Syndrome when properly presented with your medical records as your disability. My wife won her SS Disability case easily, because she has documented her condition extremely well. She is now on Medical and it is a relief to get the care that Workman’s Comp is now refusing to allow. But we did do something wrong that cost us money and time to get the medical care she needs. What was it?

WE WAITED TOO LONG TO FILE FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY. WE BELIEVED THAT SHE WOULD HEAL AND THAT HER DISABILITY WAS TEMPORARY. WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE DONE WAS FILE AS SOON AS SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH TOS. THIS WOULD HAVE STARTED THE CLOCK RUNNING ON HER CLAIM. EVEN THOUGH THE DENIALS AND FILING FOR HEARING STILL WOULD HAVE HAPPENED. SHE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN THERE SOONER AND GOTTEN CARE SOONER. YOU CAN ALWAYS STOP IF AND WHEN YOU ARE HEALED.

When Cyndy was awarded her claim, they SS Administration only goes back one year after the claim is filed. To get full coverage, file within one year of your injury.
We did not and lost two years of benefits. So if you have not filed for SS Disability do so now.

Phil La Puma, President and Director of TOS Society(TM) (TOSS)

4 Responses to Do not Make This Social Security Mistake – It Cost me $24,000!

  1. buckeye says:

    Daer Phil, I was diganosied with TOS in Oct of 2010 and since than have lost my job, at that time I also applied for social security and have been denied twice and am waiting a hearing now. I have also have had a 1st rib recection to to try to inprove it and it helped some, but still have problems. I also have had some rotator cuff stuff done too, it has been a long hard time and fighting battle. I have been jerked from doctor to doctor and it is very stressful and am now on medication for that to. They also have found bone spurs between the 3 and 4 disks of my neck and want to to epiderals. To top it all off I just was told that they are closing my long term disabilty case too, now I have no income at all. I have all the papers and tests from the doctors at OSU that prove the TOS. Any helpful info would be appreciated, I am so over whelmed. Tell your wife I wish her the best and you both have a good day. Thank You, Debra I live in Ohio

  2. admin says:

    HI Debra
    Tried calling you several times. Hope you are doing well

  3. Kristin says:

    I have just been diagnosed with TOS last month and had 2 scalene muscles removed from my neck. I am still having burning sensations in my hands and aching in my shoulder and neck. I have a private disability insurance that I am going to use. They told me to wait 9 months and then file with social security. Is this true or should I be filing now. I am going to file for workers comp as well. I was told this will probably be career ending.
    Thanks for any info that can be provided
    Kristin

  4. tracyb22 says:

    i seem to b in the same shoes as u i have been diagnosed with TOS for 3 years now. I have had a first rib resection along with 10 shoulder surgeries. I have filed for disability i was denied 2 times waiting on a court date now this has gone on seems forever and ever. I have had multiple injections in and around my neck they just performed a neck surgery also, I don;t feel any better if anything maybe worse due to the pain of the surgery, does anyone have any other suggestions on how to get relief from TOS………….thank you in advance

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