Anyone who has applied for Social Security disability benefits knows that assembling the medical documents required by the Social Security Administration (SSA), with or without the help of a Social Security disability attorney, is a time consuming process.
Then there is the lengthy wait for the initial decision, which can take up to a year in some cases. It can be frustrating to have poured so much time and energy into your application for disability benefits only to have your disability application denied.
Individuals who are interested in hiring a Social Security Disability attorney are often surprised when an attorney refuses to represent them in their Social Security Disability case. Why would an attorney turn away a potential client? There are many valid reasons why this may occur.
Reason #1: Your Initial Claim Has Not Been Denied
If you ask someone how long it takes the Social Security Administration to process a claim for Social Security Disability benefits, you are likely to receive broad range of answers. Time estimates can vary from a few months to a few years. Why is there so much discrepancy in Social Security Disability processing time estimates?
There are thousands of Social Security Disability advocates across the United States. What exactly is a Social Security Disability advocate? What do these individuals do? What is the difference between a Social Security Disability advocate and a Social Security Disability attorney? Most importantly, should you use the services of a Social Security Disability advocate to help you with your Social Security Disability claim? Before you consider hiring a Social Security Disability advocate there are some things you need to know...
Many people are overwhelmed by the Social Security Disability application process. This isn't very surprising when you consider how frustrating the process can be. If you've read the various forums and blogs, you've likely heard more than a few stories about Social Security Disability nightmares. Tales abound about people having legitimate claims denied, waiting years for benefits to begin, being treated unfairly during the appeal process, the list goes on...
If your case is remanded to the Social Security Hearings office, previously known as the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA), this could be very good news. According to statistics issued by the Federal government, Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) approve over 50% of the claims that get to this level.
Unfortunately, once a Social Security Disability claim is transferred from the local Social Security office to the hearings office, it can take up to a year to get a hearing scheduled. In addition, claimants may hear nothing about their case until the department sends:
The number of Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) claims has risen virtually hand in hand with unemployment figures, causing some to dub the program the “hidden welfare.”
In an article dated September 14, 2010, the Washington Post stated, “The number of former workers seeking Social Security disability benefits has spiked with the nation’s economic problems, heightening concern that the jobless are expanding the program beyond its intended purpose of aiding the disabled.”
If you are disabled and wish to apply for Social Security disability benefits, you may have decided to hire someone to help you with the process. While you understand the benefits of choosing an advocate, you may be uncertain what type of advocate to use. If you have decided on a particular type of advocate, you may wonder what questions to ask to make sure you are making a good choice.