From WTOL11, Toledo:
“WEST TOLEDO — She can’t walk. She can’t drive. She says she can’t even work. Now her only source of income has been taken away, and she can’t afford to live.
In desperate need of help, this west Toledo woman is turning to Call 11 for Action Problem Solver Mika Highsmith.
Janice Turner relies on wheels to get around. She explains, “I have fibromyalgia. I have a bulging disk.”
She only has one leg. “A guy I’d known for years pushed me out of truck and ran over me because I wouldn’t give him any money,” she says. The tragic incident changed her life forever. She hasn’t worked in the last seven years.
Turner was getting by on social security benefits, which were a little more than 600 dollars a month. But this past November, Turner got a letter saying it was her last check. And the reason? “They said because I wasn’t disabled,” she tells News 11.
Turner says she re-applied immediately, but has yet to get an answer. “I got a letter saying I’d hear something within 100 days. It’s been five months.”
Now this 52-year-old woman who has already lost so much is about to lose everything. “I’m four months behind on rent. My light bill is 400 dollars. They’re about to turn off my phone on the 16.”
Turner adds, “I want my social security. I want my life back — what’s left of it. It’s bad enough to be in pain, but to be in pain and be stressed out like this. I can’t handle it.”
Problem Solver Highsmith spoke with a rep from social security. She said you have to be re-certified every one, three or five years.
When it’s your turn you’ll get a letter in the mail. If you’re denied, you have ten days to file an appeal for payment continuation. After that, you have 60 days to make an appeal without pay.
In this case, the rep says she can’t give specifics due to privacy laws, but says she looking into the situation. “
It poses the question: how many legs do you need to lose before the SSA recognizes you’re disabled? Are they, perhaps, afraid Ms Turner may have grown a new one since she was last ‘certified’?
From KIDK3 in Idaho Falls:
“This is 45-year-old Susan Mattson. She’s worked for over 27 years at Basic American Foods in Shelly. Susan’s survived two aneurysms and several seizures.
But she may soon loose her home and a farm that’s been in the family for 137 years.
Susan Mattson: “The week of my brain aneurysm I had almost 100 thousand dollars saved and 55 thousand dollars worth of cattle. The cattle are gone and the savings is almost gone.”
Her medical conditions have cost her almost everything she has, not to mention her health.
She’s been turned down for Social Security disability three times now and has filed for a federal judge to hear her appeal. The one-time athlete has never taken advantage of the system. And she has one question.
Susan Mattson: “Why do I continue to be denied government disability? Why? I want someone to tell me why.”
One doctor has sent letters and medical records to the government on her behalf since 2006.
Dr. William Domarad: “I see her for an ongoing neurological condition for which she takes medicines every day.”
Susan also suffers from chronic rheumatoid arthritis and has had hip replacement surgery twice.
Dr. William Domarad: “I believe that she should qualify for disability. I believe that she’s disabled.”
Susan has survived having her right hip replaced twice, a broken back and a many other injuries.
She continues work full-time at the potato processing plant and looks forward to the day when she’ll get an answer to her question.
Social Security Officials would not comment on her case.”
Susan obviously has no chance of receiving disability benefit, after all she still has two legs.
Susan Mattson: “An average day for me is very very painful, depressing and most of all I hate my government.”
Susan, rest assured, the whole world hates your government.
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