If you are in the process of applying for disability, you’re probably really anxious to have your claim approved. It’s important to note that the wait can be lengthy depending upon your personal circumstances.
You can access the status of your application through the Social Security Administration’s website. All you need to do is enter your social security number and the confirmation number of your claim. You will also receive a letter from the Administration that provides information about your approval or denial. If you provided bank deposit information, you may receive your payment prior to your notification of approval.
You can also contact the Social Security Administration by phone to inquire about any deposit you receive and receive information about back pay and ongoing benefits.
Qualification to Receive Benefits
In order to receive disability benefits, you must be disabled for at least five months prior to receiving benefits. A disability is defined as the “inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physician or mental impairment which can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months or result in death.”
The processing time for disability claims vary from one claim to another, but most claims are decided within three to six months. It’s very unusual for you to wait more than a year for your decision. Approximately 70 percent of initial claims are denied, depending on the state that you live in. If you have legal representation at your disability hearing, the chances of you winning your claim increases to 40 percent.
An Experienced Attorney on Your Side
If you want to increase your chances of winning your claim, retain an experienced attorney from the Myler Disability law firm. With experience on your side, your attorney will get to work on filing your claim and gathering the necessary evidence, including ample proof of your disability through medical records.
When you retain an attorney, your focus is on dealing with your disability and doing all that you can to get the health care you need. Your attorney will work to ensure that the claim process is done correctly and quickly so you can start collecting your benefits.
If your claim is denied, you’ll need to go through the appeals process, which can be tricky and difficult to navigate through. An experienced attorney knows how to appeal your claim and understands the evidence and information the Administration is looking for when you present your appeal for a greater chance in seeing success.