Social Security Disability Process
Do you have questions
about the Social Security Disability benefits application process? At the
Barnett Law Firm, we provide comprehensive legal help to people through
the application process, including initial applications and appeals.
Hank Barnett has been protecting the rights of the injured and
disabled for more than two decades. As your lawyer, he can assist you
through the steps of obtaining benefits.
Everyone who applies for Social Security
Disability benefits goes through the following steps in obtaining a
Initial application: Involves
a substantial amount of paperwork, but no formal appearance is required in
front of a judge or otherwise. This stage may take between four to six
Reconsideration: If the
Social Security Administration (SSA) makes a finding you are “not
disabled,” you can request they “reconsider” their denial by filing
additional forms and filling out additional paperwork. At this stage, you
may be asked to be evaluated by a doctor paid for by SSA. A different
adjudicator will then make a decision on your claim. This stage may take
between two to four months.
Hearing: If you are found
“not disabled” at the reconsideration stage, you can request a hearing in
front of an Administrative Law Judge. After filing additional paperwork to
update the SSA on your condition, you will be given the opportunity to
appear in front of a judge to plead your case. The length of time from the
date you file the hearing request to actually appear before a judge
depends on the part of the state in which you live and how many claimants
are awaiting hearings in that area. This stage may take from six months to
over two years.
If the judge finds you “not disabled,” you can
appeal this decision initially to the Social Security Administration’s
Appeals Council, and then to the federal District Court.