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Is there a Letter showing the reasons why I was denied for disability?

"Hello Tim, found your site/blog, and I have a question, and may need your services. I won my claim for SSDI on my first appeal. I was in a car accident, and filed a claim a year later after it was clear I could not return to my (self employed) work.

Now, DDS board tells you in writing why they deny you..and list the reasons, but you *do not* get a confirming letter listing the reasons for approval, just a SS letter informing how much you will be awarded, and when. I have tried to reach the Sacramento, CA DDS twice by writing to their PO box, and got no reply after waiting several weeks.

My Farmers Ins. Co. is denying my auto insurance UIM settlement claim, and requiring I must prove it was the accident that disabled me, not my other medical issues. So they are stalling.

Is there a form/document on file that gives the reasons DDS *DID* approve me? Would this information possibly be the proof I need?

In my denial letter DDS listed each medical condition, and told me why I did not qualify for disability. When I was able to provide more information on my inability to perform relevant work, I was immediately approved. If there is a "positive" document that will help me? I want to be able to give it to the insurance co. so I can settle my claim.

Do you have any advice, methods to get a response from DDS? And would that information actually help me prove my case?

I believe I was approved for 3 reasons: 1. I am 61- in highest age category 2. I had sold my long term business right before the crash, and had no work to return to. 3. My injuries keep me from doing the new work I had planned. But I am guessing.

Is it possible DDS did reconsider my other medical conditions when they approved me?

Any help you can offer, I am willing to pay for your advice, or which actions you would have me take."

I think that it would be impossible to get any clearer letter than your Social Security Award letter.

However, you should go to the local office and ask them if it would be possible to get a copy of the SSA 831 from your disability file. This would give the impairment or impairments thas Social Security considered the most when they determined that you were disabled. You should be able to get a copy of the form and hopefully that will help with the long term disability.

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