If you are disabled and need benefits to get by, getting approved is better sooner rather than later. That means you need to make your application as soon as possible after becoming disabled, so your benefits can begin to flow quickly. Once benefits begin, you start receiving monthly payment and even get back pay to a certain date. These payments come in handy when you are out of work and need an income. But, given that statistics show many claims are initially denied, the faster you get to the doctor for the medical evidence you need to make a claim, the sooner you can begin the process.
Giving a timeline for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) is difficult, because there are several factors that go into the decision on whether a claim is approved, and there can be multiple phases. For example:
- An initial claim can take between thirty and ninety days for decision. If approved, payments will begin shortly, but if your initial claim is denied you will need to take additional steps to gain approval.
- A reconsideration of an initial denial can take around sixty days for decision. Again, if approved your benefits will begin shortly, but if your reconsideration is denied you have to file an appeal.
- An appeal involves getting an administrative law judge involved, and going to hearing. It can take twelve months to get a hearing, and in some cases it may be even longer.
The wait time can be excruciating, especially because you are not able to work and so do not have an income. To get the best result in the shortest amount of time your best bet is to partner with a knowledgeable attorney. Your attorney will make sure all of your medical evidence is in, and that the record is complete. When you have the weight of credible medical records and physician notes, your chances of being approved are increased. We understand the application, reconsideration, and appeals processes, and know what to do to help you get the result you need. Our office focuses on helping disabled people get the benefits they deserve and we can help you too!
If you have questions about disability benefits and what you need to do to make an application, or how to appeal an adverse decision, call an experienced attorney for help. Contact us online today for more information. We can also be reached at 855-727-6353.