If you are disabled and not capable of working, you still need an income. Many workers in this situation turn to the programs offered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), such as Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). While these programs do provide valuable benefits, the application and approval process can be somewhat intimidating. However, if you have the right disability attorney by your side when you apply or ask for a second look at your case, your chances of being approved are increased. That said, you will still want to know a bit about the process and how long it might take before you start receiving payments.
The likelihood of being awarded SSDI benefits depends upon your condition, the evidence presented, and the limitations you now suffer due to your condition. It takes time to gather the evidence needed and put it all together to present to the SSA. This makes it difficult to provide a concrete answer regarding how long it takes to be approved for disability benefits, because every case is different. But, in general, you can expect the following steps along the way:
• Regular appointments with your doctor, where the physician knows you are going to be seeking disability and can provide clear and detailed notes and records about your disability.
• Filling out the application and providing the medical evidence to support your claim.
• Receiving notice of the SSA’s decision.
Many applications are denied when first presented, but that is not the end of the process. The applicant can request reconsideration, ask for a hearing, or even file an appeal if other remedies have been exhausted. This is where the time consuming part of the application process comes into play, and the timeframe for every worker is different. Some cases are decided in a few months, while others can take significantly longer. If you have concerns about the timing, have questions about your case, or want general information about how the programs offered by the SSA work – we have answers. Call today.
We can be reached online and also at 855-727-6353. We are here to answer your questions about disability and related issues, and help you secure the benefits you need.