While the Social Security Administration (SSA) has a goal of processing all new disability claims within 109 days of filing, the agency has repeatedly failed to meet this standard. The average new claim takes longer than one year to be processed. This leaves many applicants wondering what is taking so long and what they can do to expedite their claims.
One of the biggest problems with the Social Security Disability (SSD) process is that there are more people than ever before applying for benefits. The growing number of people completing Social Security Disability applications is thought to be due to aging of the workforce and problems with the national economy.
Another issue is that as many as 60 percent of initial claims are denied, causing extended wait times due to the lengthy appeals process that follows a denial.
So what can you do to help ensure your claim is processed as quickly as possible?
Having all the necessary documentation will improve your chances for a fast approval. This means having medical records and other paperwork clearly outlining your condition and its effects on your ability to work.
Most experts agree it would also be beneficial to speak with a Social Security Disability lawyer about your case prior to filing. Doing so helps make sure all deadlines are met and your questions during the filing process are answered.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we have decades of combined experience helping disabled citizens get Social Security Disability benefits, and we are here to assist you as well. Call us to learn more about what our legal staff can do for you.