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What You Should Know About SSDI Benefits in Los Angeles

Notice Of Award Letters

Frequently Asked Questions

Once you’ve applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) with the Social Security Administration (SSA), they will review your claim. The SSA is looking for answers to these five questions:

  • Are you working?
  • Is your condition severe?
  • Is your condition found in the list of disabling conditions?
  • Can you do the work you did previously?
  • Can you do any other type of work?

Based on your answers, the SSA will make a decision, either awarding you or denying you SSDI. Because applying for SSDI is so complicated, it’s recommended that you file your claim with the guidance of an experienced Social Security attorney. Kenton Koszdin Law Office in Van Nuys has represented Los Angeles area residents in SSDI and SSI cases for nearly two decades. It’s our mission to see that all workers get the benefits they deserve.

For a free consultation, call us today at (800) 438-7734.

Frequently Asked Questions About SSDI Benefits

SSDI Benefits

How will I know if I’ve been approved for SSDI benefits?

A: The SSA notifies individuals of the status of their claim by mail. If you are awarded benefits, you will receive a Social Security Notice of Award letter.

How will I know if I’ve been denied SSDI benefits?

A: Also by mail. You will receive a Social Security disability denial letter. You will have 60 days from the date you receive the denial letter to appeal your initial denial.

How long will it be before I receive my Social Security Notice of Award letter?

A: That will depend on the stage at which your application is approved. If you’re approved for benefits at the initial claim stage, you should receive your Notice of Award letter within three months. However, if you are not approved for SSDI benefits until the disability hearing stage, you will first receive a Notice of Decision letter informing you that you have been approved. The Notice of Award letter may take another six weeks to arrive.

Why does it take so much longer for my Notice of Award letter to arrive at the disability hearing stage?

A: The Social Security hearing offices send all their allowances to regional payment centers for processing. These facilities handle a huge volume of cases and are often understaffed. It’s not unheard of for an SSDI recipient to receive their first benefits before they actually receive their Notice of Award letter.

What information is contained in the Notice of Award letter?

A: The Notice of Award letter will let you know the date your SSDI benefits begin, how much your monthly benefit will be, and when you should expect to receive your first payment.

What if I disagree with the amount or date?

A: If you don’t agree with the SSA’s decision, you have 60 days to file an appeal.

Contact Us Today

If you have any other SSDI questions, feel free to contact the San Fernando Valley’s Kenton Koszdin Law Office. Your initial consultation is always free of charge.

You can reach us at (800) 438-7734.

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