Typical Disability Claim ProcessBy Kenton Koszdin on October 18, 2018 | In Social Security Claims Process
The disability claim process is often anything but typical. If you have all your ducks in a row, so to speak, you may be one of the lucky few who have their claim processed without any stumbling blocks along the way. Besides people who do not qualify under the symptom assessment process, one of the main reasons initial claims are rejected or delayed is due to mistakes made on the application.
When completing your application, it is important to read or listen to every question carefully. You will need to provide statements, contact details for medical providers, describe your symptoms and pain, and describe how your impairment(s) impact your ability to carry out basic work tasks.
Your application can be made online via the Social Security Administration website. Many applicants prefer to visit their local Social Security office in order to file a claim. In either case, make sure you have all the relevant information you need before starting the application process to help ensure you do not miss any important details.
If your initial claim has been completed correctly, it will include two essential parts labeled as A and B. The two parts of your claim consist of the Claimant’s Statement and Physician/Practitioner’s Certificate of your Claim for Disability Insurance. Both must be completed within 49 days, starting from the date that your disability began. If this condition is not met, you may face losing disability benefits. Additionally, no claim is processed unless parts A and B are complete and received.
The claim examiner may deny your claim for a number of reasons. You will need to first appeal for reconsideration of your claim by completing the appeal form, in line with the disability claim process. Just like with your initial application, it is important to correctly complete the form to ensure your appeal does not run into any unnecessary delays.
You will know if your claim has been denied if you receive A Notice of Determination (DE 2517) which includes an appeal form. If your claim is successful you will receive a payment notification (DE 2500E) and a California EDD Debit Card.
Disability Claim Process Timeframe
Every claim is different and the timeframe depends on a number of factors. Most important to remember is that the process of evaluating your claim will not begin until parts A and B are completed. During the disability claim process you may be asked to provide further information before a decision is made. In rare cases, the claims examiner will also be delayed in reaching a determination, as he or she is awaiting further evidence from a medical provider.
You may want to consider hiring a disability attorney in California to help make the disability claim process go more smoothly. The team at Kenton Koszdin Law Office can assist you with paperwork and any correspondence you receive relating to your claim. We are here to guide you through applying for disability benefits or appealing a decision. Call today for your free consultation over the phone, at our offices, or to arrange an at-home visit.