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Why So Long?

  • By: Tony Adderley
  • Published: October 3, 2014
Why So Long

If you’ve filed a claim for Social Security disability benefits, try to develop the virtue of patience, because even with a good attorney working on your side, it can take a substantial amount of time before you actually begin to receive disability payments. If you’ve filed a claim and you’ve already been denied twice, your next move is requesting a hearing before an administrative law judge. If you need to request that hearing, if you’re waiting for it, or if you’re only recently disabled and want to learn more about disability benefits and your eligibility, speak promptly to an experienced Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney.

When the Social Security Administration denies your claim for disability benefits, it simply means they do not have enough evidence to approve your claim. Even if you’ve already waited for months, when you request a hearing it typically takes 10-to-12 months just for the hearing office to schedule that hearing. The main reason it takes so long simply for your hearing to be scheduled is the overwhelming number of applicants requesting a hearing. In certain circumstances you can request to have your hearing expedited, but those situations need to be extreme; typically only veterans who are 100 percent disabled and disabled workers with Compassionate Allowance (CAL) conditions (such as cancer) are granted expedited hearings. If there’s any way at all to move your case more quickly through the system, a good Social Security disability lawyer will do it.

While waiting for a hearing, make sure you compile all of the necessary evidence to support your claim. An experienced disability attorney knows precisely what an administrative law judge needs to approve your disability benefits. If you’re trying to obtain Social Security disability benefits in southern California, get the help you really need. Call an experienced Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney today.

About the Author Tony Adderley has been working as a professional advocate for
individuals entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) and worker’s
compensation benefits for more than 20 years.