I sent in a request to extend my California Disability Insurance for more than a year. It’s been three weeks (I think) and I haven’t heard anything. I’m also still waiting to hear from the Feds on whether they will grant me a hearing to appeal their denial of me. I sent that in June. I’m getting pretty frustrated not even knowing if they will grant me an appeal. You’d think I’d have heard by now. My benefits are set to stop in one month and I’m getting pretty nervous.
I understand that it is my right to see the files they have on me and verify they have received all the appropriate information. The feds denied me after having me see two “doctors” who never introduced themselves, barely spoke to me and asked me simple questions. Then one of them gave me some simple memory tests, nothing like the tasks I did when I took my cognitive function test. For all I know they never even requested my medical information. I understand I can review my file and I want to do that, just can’t find out exactly who to call.
Maybe I should ensure I have a lawyer at this point. Let them interact with the feds. They know all the ins and outs and who to contact, etc. Since they get paid by the government, maybe there is no reason I should go this alone. Why am I so stubborn as to want to do it all myself? I guess it’s the idea that I need a lawyer. No one wants to need a lawyer, right? I had decided to just go back to work, but I’m not sure I can. I don’t want to go back to work, find someone who will hire me, go through the hiring process just to get there and find I am overwhelmed by the work. It’s not fair to an employer to hire me only to feel that I was less than honest in my interview.