I applied for SSDI and had an interview in the middle of December, with a huge pile of medical records and work and training history. The lady said she thought I would be approved because of my age (61), upcoming knee replacement because of bad arthritis in my knee, past surgery and permanent partial disability in my other knee, shoulder injury, and my other medical history. I have also begun the process for getting disability pension from my union.
Is there any reason not to go ahead with the union benefit before hearing back from Social Security? Do I need to let Social Security know I have in fact had the knee replacement Feb 1?
Also, there is a form I need to turn in to the union benefit office from my surgeon for short-term disability payments while waiting for the permanent pension. On it he has filled out Time loss authorized 2/01/08 through 3 months, and on the line for If still disabled, when should patient be able to return to work? it says 5/1/08. I can never go back to work in construction with a knee replacement, so I'm confused and worried about this. Is this a standard way to fill these kinds of forms out? Did he goof? Should I worry?
Thanks for your help.