The Social Security Administration is not held to any specific deadlines with regard to the processing of a benefits application or an appeal. As such, the amount of time it takes to receive a final decision on an SSD claim varies greatly. Generally, the authorities will adjudicate an initial claim within four months. However, it is not uncommon for the appeals process to take as long as two years or even more.
The key to obtaining a timely decision — and one in your favor — is preparation. The lawyers at Cutter Hall Karlock LLC, can help make sure you are ready. Our practice is entirely devoted to SSD considerations; our attorneys have more than 60 years of combined experience in the field, assisting individuals in Columbus and throughout central Ohio. We can put our knowledge to work for you, too.
Applicants can take a number of steps to bolster their chances of success. These include:
Finding qualified medical support — Your doctor’s opinion is of the utmost importance to your claim. While there are a few exceptions, the Social Security Administration is likely to deny any applications that are not supported by a physician’s verification of one’s physical or mental limitations.
Providing comprehensive medical information — When you apply for disability, you should always include with your application a thorough list of all your doctors and medical sources, complete with mailing addresses and telephone numbers. As with a physician’s opinion, your medical records will provide objective evidence of your limited ability to work.
Being responsive — Doctors, examiners, and government authorities may, from time to time, ask you to provide more information regarding your claim. It is important to be receptive and prompt in your responses. This will not only help move your case along but will also foster goodwill.
Building relationships — Many people will have to involve themselves in your SSD application. It is in your best interests, whenever possible, to develop a good rapport with them. A doctor with whom you have a personal relationship, for example, is more likely to provide a thoroughly supportive claim than one whom you have seen only once. Likewise, the claims representatives you interact with at the Social Security office and the examiners at Disability Determination Services will be predisposed to move your case along more smoothly if they know you personally.
Applying for SSD benefits is a long and often frustrating process. Yet there are simple means to make it less so. To learn more about applying, or to consult with an attorney about how you can build the strongest possible case, contact our law office.