September 8th, 2014|
While the Social Security Administration (SSA) has a goal of processing all new disability claims within 109 days of filing, the agency has repeatedly failed to meet this standard. The average new claim takes longer than one year to be processed. This leaves many applicants wondering what is taking so long and what they can do to expedite their claims.
One of the biggest problems with the Social Security Disability (SSD) process is that there are more people than ever before applying for benefits. The growing number of people completing Social Security Disability applications is thought to be due to aging of the workforce and problems with the national economy.
Another issue is that as many as 60 percent of initial claims are denied, causing extended wait times due to the lengthy appeals process that follows a denial.
So what can you do to help ensure your claim is processed as quickly as possible?
Having all the necessary documentation will improve your chances for a fast approval. This means having medical records and other paperwork clearly outlining your condition and its effects on your ability to work.
Most experts agree it would also be beneficial to speak with a Social Security Disability lawyer about your case prior to filing. Doing so helps make sure all deadlines are met and your questions during the filing process are answered.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we have decades of combined experience helping disabled citizens get Social Security Disability benefits, and we are here to assist you as well. Call us at (800) 477-7315 to learn more about what our legal staff can do for you.
February 27th, 2013|
February 27, 2013
For many disabled workers, making it to the Social Security Administration (SSA) office nearest them can often prove to be difficult due to their conditions. The agency has recognized this problem and has created a much simpler way to apply for Social Security Disability benefits.
According to the Sioux City Journal, the SSA built an online portal in which disabled individuals can begin the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits. The application process will examine whether a person has worked long enough to receive benefits, an individual’s ability to work, and the severity of their condition.
Mike McWilliams, a District Manager for the SSA, states it could take three to five months after an application is submitted for a decision to be reached. He added that factors such as the nature of a disability, the ease and speed of receiving medical evidence and documentation of a condition, and the need for further medical examinations, could affect how quickly a decision is reached in a case.
McWilliams pointed out using the Quick Disability Determinations Initiative is just one way an individual may be able to speed the process for approval along.
The Social Security Disability Lawyers at the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say the process of applying for benefits can be extremely complex. That’s why the firm suggests discussing your case with an attorney prior to applying for benefits.