Everything related to Social Security can be confusing. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Social Security Insurance (SSI) claims can be very confusing and have strict deadlines for filing. If you miss a deadline, nothing can be done for you. If you are eligible for either type of this assistance, it is important that you file a claim as soon as possible. With each day that passes by, you are missing out on the assistance you need. In order to speed up processing, you should seek for the help of an experienced Social Security Disability attorney.
Filing Your Claim
In order to avoid long delays, it is important to provide the Social Security Office with all of the applicable paperwork needed when you file your claim. If you have submitted all of the pertinent documentation and there are no hold ups, your claim should be processed in 1-6 months.
If your claim is denied, you have the right to request a hearing in front of an appointed Administrative Law Judge. If you do request a hearing, please understand that this will further delay your receipt of assistance money. It is also important to know that there is a strict deadline of 60 days to file an appeal. If you fail to submit your appeal request within your 60 day window, you will have to start the process all over again from the very beginning.
However, if you miss the deadline to appeal for certain acceptable reasons, then you will not be required to start over. Acceptable reasons are:
- Sudden illness
- Mental health issues
- Circumstances beyond the control of the claimant
When you appeal your claim, the Social Security Administration will hold a hearing where it will call upon witnesses. Many times a decision is made at the hearing, and a letter with the decision will be mailed to you. If you are denied again at the appeals hearing, you’re allowed to ask for a review.
Since Social Security cases can be time consuming and tricky, it is often wise to consult with a professional who is experienced in handling SSD cases. They can walk you through the preparation stages and can often speed up and avoid common roadblocks during the process.