Richlands, VA asked in Social Security for Virginia

Q: SSDI asked for information to make a fully favorable decision on the record, after being denied, is that good news?

My husband was hurt on the job, July 2017 and has not worked since then. He is 58 years old now and worked in the coal mines, doing underground work. Signed up for ssdi in Dec 2017, was denied, we hired and attorney, reconsideration denied, appeal filed and we got this notice from ssdi. Then 2 weeks ago, he was seen by a neurosurgeon and told he needs back surgery. He has moderate to severe lumbar spinal stenosis along with several other ailments including diabetes, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel, high blood pressure, sciatica, degenerative disc disease. He's on at least 8 different medications. He has a 7th grade education and has only done hard physical labor in the last 10 years, before that he was incarcerated for 7 years. What are his chances of getting approved at this stage. He also has hearing loss and possibly black lung, we have no health insurance now, so he hasn't been checked for it. Thanks

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Jerry Lutkenhaus
Jerry Lutkenhaus
  • Social Security Disability Lawyer
  • Richmond, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Since he is over 55 with less than a high school education and he cannot do his prior work, he should have a great chance. I base this opinion on 35 years of Social Security Disability practice in the Richmond, Virginia area.

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