Texas resident Anita Bishop has been unable to work since 2004 or get Social Security disability benefits. She has Lupus, an autoimmune disease where the body fails to recognize its own parts and rejects them like a foreign object. Anita's brain, eyesight, liver and kidneys have been affected and tests have shown that she is unable to do any work.
Her lawyer apparently died during the application process and Anita was not in a position to know or realize what, if any, action she had to take when her social security disability application was rejected for the last time in May 2011 citing lack of proof of Lupus in the medical records. If Social Security had approved Anita's application, they would have had to pay her retroactive benefits and medical expenses all the way back to 2004.
Anita was apparently unaware of her legal right to file a lawsuit against the verdict in federal court. The statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit, based on the date when she stopped working, expired approximately 2 months after the last rejection of her application in May 2011.
Anita is now over age 31 and it has been more than five years since she stopped working.
In short, her application for disability has been denied and she cannot file another application. She also no longer has the legal right to file a lawsuit against the Social Security Administration.
Christine Reule from Houston, TX is Anita's friend. Reule has created a petition to try and get the U.S. Senate and the Social Security Administration's attention to reopen Anita's case, and get her back pay along with approval for disability benefits.
Did you know?
You can get both SSDI and SSI from Social Security.
The amount you get from SSDI is calculated based on your age and average work earnings. If the SSDI amount is less than the SSI limit, then you can get both SSDI and SSI.