SSD Benefits Application Approval TimeBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on August 30, 2022 | In Blogs
When a person submits a social security disability (SSD) application, their first thought revolves around the time it would take for them to start receiving benefits. Sadly, there is no single correct answer. The Social Security Administration (SSA) application process takes its due course even though the time duration based on illness is specified in the guidelines.
Why all the wait?
The SSD benefits current criteria are affected by a variety of aspects, such as the type and degree of the applicant’s condition, how soon your doctors send in your records, the accuracy of the case, whether the application is contested, whether you need an SSA administered medical exam or not, and even the place the request is filed. It can take anything from five months to nearly three years to be authorized for benefits, depending on the timeline for each phase of the application process.
When do the benefits start?
Payments for SSDI begin once you have served a five-month wait time, which generally starts from the day you become disabled. Your first payment will be made five months after this specified date.
The essential thing to remember is that the disability date, referred to as the onset date by Social Security, differs from the day your SSDI claim was granted or when you applied. Your onset date is the disability day that could have occurred days, weeks, or even months before you claimed for benefits.
What is the SSD selection criteria?
Applications for SSD benefits are filed at your regional SSA field office. It is then assessed to ensure that you fulfill eligibility standards, such as age, work credits, and any monthly salary you bring in. For eligibility of the application, the disabled applicant must earn an amount of $1310 per month or less (2021).
If you are unable to satisfy the SSA, you could get a refusal, which means the SSA will not even evaluate whether your condition prohibits you from working.
Who reviews your case?
Your application will be reviewed by a Disability Determination Services (DDS) examiner to see if you fulfill the SSA’s definition of disability. This evaluation may include getting medical data directly from your doctor, which may increase wait times based on the accuracy of your application.
If your application for SSD benefits is declined, you have the option to request a reconsideration for which you have sixty days from the date of rejection. You may also consult with a disability lawyer to understand why your application was denied and how you can make your case stronger while appealing the SSA’s decision.
The process can take long; therefore, keeping track of your application is important. The Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security attorneys in Van Nuys, can help you navigate through the often complication disability process with ease and the best possible outcome for you and your family. Call 800-438-7734 for your initial free consultation held in our office or from the comfort of your own home.