On Monday we discussed the story of the man who received his disability benefits nearly a decade after applying. This is considerably longer than most cases, but applicants should understand why the process can take some time as well as how to do everything possible to gain benefits quickly and easily.
According to a recent article in the Baltimore Sun, more than 63,000 claimants waited at least 635 days for an initial appeal hearing and decision in 2007. This can be due to myriad factors, but often it is because the applicant has not included all relevant information, including all required medical records and other documents. If even one piece of important information is missing, the Social Security Administration (SSA)’s evaluators could deny your application. Most people who receive a denial wait an average of 150 days to hear they have been rejected. If the applicant wishes to appeal the decision, the process stretches on for months or even years more.
Our Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers understand that the SSA deals with thousands of applications each year, not to mention dealing with fraudulent claims. An experienced attorney can help you understand exactly what the SSA needs to see in order to approve your application. Should your case be denied, an attorney can walk you through the appeal process from beginning to end. No one should have to wait a decade to find out if they qualify for disability benefits. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case and your options. You may also reach us by phone at (918) 587-0050.