Can I get Social Security?
Hello I am a 27 year old male living in Logan county in Oklahoma and i am in "dire straights" right now and have no work. I have A) both sciatic nerves impacted in my back thus rendering me unable to do a job that allows me to stand for more that 10 minuets at a time or any sort of manual labor. and B) seizures caused from O2 deficiency in my brain because of severe sleep apnea. Issue B was the reason i lost my last job with AT&T and I cannot get unemployment from it because i did not work there long enough. Now EVERY where that I apply refuses to hire me. I don't want to think it's because of my health problems but in reality I'm sure it has a major part in their decisions. Now my question is can i get SSI supplemental income or something of the sort? The bills are piling up and I can only borrow so much from friends and family.... I really don't know what else to do. Any advice would be great. Thanks.
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
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- *SuMmEr*Lv 61 decade ago
A sciatic nerve impacted in your back could be helped by losing weight, but either way it's not a reasonable disability for Social Security because you can still get a desk job which means you are able to work, and that's how they look at it...They could care less if you can't get hired, the point is you ARE able to sit at a desk. I'm telling you what they will say, not my own personal idea. I don't wish for anyone to struggle.
If you would lose weight you wouldn't have severe sleep seizures cause from an o2 deficiency because of sleep apnea...So there's another problem gone.
I'm not trying to be mean, I do live in Oklahoma and I do feel for you and wish you could get assistance but more than likely they will not give it to you, then you will have to appeal and it could take a year before you get anything....Not to mention the most you're going to get is like 400-500 a month, which would barely cover rent and bills.
Try going to churches, they usually can help with a few bills or rent..Also go to your local DHS office, you for SURE qualify for food stamps...
- 1 decade ago
You can apply, but the reality is that the average wait for approval is now at 2-3 years. This means that if you apply today, don't expect to win your case and receive any money for a few years. I wouldn't therefore look at it is an immediate solution to paying bills. If you are serious about your health problems/disabilities preventing you from working, then I would strongly consider applying. Your best bet would be to keep looking for a crappy job, work as long as you can, hope to get laid off/fired, and then file for unemployment if you aren't stable enough to work. You might also consider going back to school/vocational rehabilitation programs to get some sort of specialized training to open a few more doors to job opportunities. If you're serious about going into a particular area, you can use student loans to support yourself and cover your education until you get your degree, then pay back later.
- Anonymous5 years ago
The first three digits of your SSN should match the first three numbers of the zip code where you got your SSN. The next two are numbers given out in blocks. When I worked as a bouncer we had a chart of when the 4th and 5th numbers were given out to use for fake ID checking (if you SSN was used in 1945 and you claim to be 21 there might be a problem). If it was based on race this wouldn't have worked. The last 4 digits are just that 4 digits given out in order. My sister, brothers and I have consecutive numbers as my parents got our SSNs at the same time. If you want further proof my 5th digit is even(I'm white) and my wife's is odd(she is Chinese).
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- neuve1Lv 51 decade ago
It appears you cannot work because you are disabled. Phone the social security office and ask them what is the procedure to apply for disability.,