What Is The Timeline For My Social Security Disability Claim?
The initial level is the application level. That process is normally about six months from start to finish. If you are denied, you file a reconsideration appeal. If you are denied at a reconsideration, requesting a hearing from the date of the hearing request to getting a decision is normally 12 to 24 months.
What Are The Components Of A Case That Make It Likely To Be Approved At The Hearing Level?
Generally, the more medical evidence, the better. If your treating doctor will refer you to a specialist, that looks good in a case. Disability statements from your doctors saying you are disabled and cannot work are very impressive in a disability case.
Also, if you try going back to work and you are only able to last a very short time, that also is a very powerful evidence that you cannot work.
How Important Is My Medical Record Being Most Current For My Hearing Date?
If your records are up-to-date three months before the hearing, that is acceptable. Social security wants all records filed a month before the hearing, so the judge has a good grasp of what is going on in your treatment records.
How Much Does The Reason The Claim Was Denied Initially Matter At The Hearing Level?
Application and reconsideration denials are very generic. A person with a back injury and a person with a knee injury will receive denial letters with the same language. The initial denials are not so important in determining whether or not you have a good case at the hearing level.
Are There Any Ways To Speed Up My Social Security Disability Hearing?
You, normally, can get an expedited hearing if you are homeless or if your condition is very serious and terminal. Terminal conditions can cause your hearing to be expedited and sometimes, you can get a decision without a hearing by writing the judge a letter outlining the condition.
When Is The Right Time To Hire A Social Security Disability Attorney?
In my office, we prefer taking cases after our client has been denied at least once. We do also take cases at the application level. Some clients are just simply not capable of filing their own application. They may be calling us from a hospital bed or just simply not have the mental capacity to file because of a severe psychiatric problem. They really need help, so we do take cases for both types of people.
Additional Information On Social Security Disability Hearings In California
The most important thing is to make sure all your medical records are filed. Gather all records for one year before you became disabled. Many times, claimants rely on social security to do that and that is a big mistake. Social security will usually have about 40 to 50% of your treatment records at the time of the hearing and the rest of it is on you.
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