Whoever said, “All things come to those who wait,” clearly wasn’t talking about SSD benefits. Unfortunately, for some, no matter how long they wait, SSD benefits remain just out of their grasp. If you are one of those people, it might be time to hire a lawyer. A lawyer provides someone experienced with the paperwork, process, regulations, etc. involved in SSD benefits on your side, helping you fight for your rights.
In the meantime, let’s see what all the waiting is about. Why does it take so long, in some cases, to process a request for SSD benefits? Exactly how long can you expect to wait if you do file a request?
It can be an extremely frustrating time of your life, waiting for a claim decision to be made by the SSA (Social Security Administration). Unfortunately, how long a claim takes to process, or an exact time frame, is not something the SSA concerns themselves with. Ask them, however, and they’ll say that to process your average disability application, it can be anywhere from 3 to 5 months. In some cases, for benefits to be awarded, they’ll say it can take up to two years. Not exactly nailing it down, are they?
If your application for SSD was submitted more than a few months ago, and you haven’t heard from the SSA, you might want to check the status of your claim. This can be done by visiting the following page: SSA Application Status Info.
Make sure that you have your application confirmation number and your Social Security number handy. If you want to be informed along the way, however, and make sure that your claim is efficiently and proactively developed, once again, having a lawyer on your side is something to consider.
You might be entitled to back payments of sorts after receiving your claim approval letter from the SSA for SSD benefits. This refers to benefits that, after the onset of your disability, began accruing in the sixth month following. So, for the period between the sixth month following your disability’s onset and the date of claim approval, you could receive back pay. There would be no back pay, however, if your claim got approved within five months of the date of disability onset.
It can be truly devastating to receive notice that your claim has been denied. Especially if you’ve been waiting a long time to hear from the SSA. So infuriated are some individuals that upon receiving a denial letter they tear it up, burn it up, and generally destroy it. That’s a mistake. As soon as possible, you should file an appeal if you’ve been denied disability. Within 60 days of the denial date, this appeal must be filed. That way, you can avoid losing out on deserved benefits and preserve your appeal rights.
At Cardinal Law Partners, we understand the frustration of waiting, and waiting, and waiting for SSD benefits claim approval. We further understand and empathize with the added frustration of being denied after all that waiting. It’s just doesn’t seem fair.
We are here for you. We will help protect and fight for your rights to your SSD benefits.
If you’re having trouble filing, if you feel like you’ve waited long enough, or if you’ve been denied, do not hesitate to contact us today for a free consultation. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.