How Long is the Decision Process Regarding My Benefits?By Kenton Koszdin on October 30, 2018 | In Social Security Disability
When it comes to determining the decision process timeframe for disability benefits, the old adage “how long is a piece of string?” is as accurate a measurement as any. If you are filing a claim for the first time, for instance, you may receive a decision between thirty and ninety days from the date your claim is received by the examiner. However, that timeframe is not written in stone, as there are a number of variables involved in the decision process.
If you have not filled out your application correctly, left out evidence, or if medical evidence is not received from your recognized medical provider, the decision process may take much longer. That is assuming, of course, that the initial claim is not denied. If the initial claim is denied, you will have to appeal the decision, which begins an entirely different process. There is no set timeframe in either case, which means you are left in limbo regarding a decision.
Appeals may also be denied and subsequently challenged. This part of the decision making process involves filing a request for an administrative law judge disability hearing. If there is a considerable backlog at your assigned hearing office, it will cause further delays in what is already a lengthy decision process. You may become frustrated at this point, which is understandable considering the circumstances.
However, the good news is that your chances of having the previous decision overturned are traditionally higher when you file for a disability hearing. This is especially true if you hire a disability lawyer to help you put your case together. An experienced disability lawyer will understand the hearing proceedings and know how each law judge arrives at a determination in many cases.
Under certain circumstances, the benefits decision process can be sped up by applying for what’s known as a TERI case. These applications are fast tracked for patients suffering from a terminal illness, or cases where the claimant suffers from conditions such as Lou Gehrig’s disease or AIDS. In order for a claim examiner to enter an application into the TERI program, a family member, doctor, or friend of the claimant need only provide a statement that the illness is expected to result in death, or the claimant is receiving inpatient or at home hospice care.
Disability Attorney Support
Another way to help quicken the decision process involves hiring a disability attorney to help you complete your paperwork and ensure you have all the necessary supporting statements and evidence. It is incredibly easy to make mistakes when applying for disability benefits, but the impact of doing so is often disproportionate to the error. You cannot afford to add additional waiting time or have your claim denied if you legitimately qualify for disability benefits.
By reaching out to the Kenton Koszdin Law Office you gain access to some of the most talented legal experts in California. We will provide a free consultation, allowing you to decide whether our services are the right fit for your needs.