If your answers match the ones below, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is likely to award you benefits.
Initial Determinations typically take approximately 120 days. Reconsideration Determinations will typically take 120-150 days and hearings are usually scheduled 12-15 months following the Reconsideration Determination.
*These are approximate times that vary by location.
When should I apply for disability benefits?
The decision about when to apply for Social Security Disability benefits varies in each case. If you are considering applying, you should speak to an experienced Lowell disability lawyer as soon as possible.
The big-picture answer is: analyze what needs to be proven to win benefits, figure out how to prove it, and gather the necessary evidence. Some of the specific tasks are:
It can take up to two years from application until a hearing is held and a decision issued, but the time varies from state to state.
They are private, held in a small conference room, and last an hour or so. You will be asked about your education, training, work experience, symptoms, limitations, and daily activities.
If you have not filed your appeal within 65 days of the date on your denial letter, you have to start over with a new claim. However, in some circumstances you can seek permission to file late. Therefore, you should contact a Lowell disability lawyer as soon as possible.
Because the majority of appeals are granted at a hearing, failing to appeal a denial to the hearing level is the number one error … and unfortunately very common.
More detailed information on these and other common claimant questions is available in the Social Security library below.
Gerard A. Palma, Esq.
Palma Law Offices, P.C.
Lowell Disability Attorney
45 Merrimack Street, Suite 330
Lowell, Massachusetts 01852