Stages of a Claim
There are 3 possible stages for a Social Security Disability claim:
1. Applying for Benefits
After the initial application, it can take 3-5 months for a decision to be made.
2. Appealing Your Denial
If your application is denied, you have 60 days to file the appeal from the date on your denial letter. In Pennsylvania, this is a Request for Hearing, while in Ohio and West Virginia you must first file for a Request for Reconsideration.
Your hearing will most likely be scheduled 15-18 months from the date that you filed your Request for Hearing, depending on how big the backlog at the hearing office is.
The total time from application to a hearing by an Administrative Law Judge is usually 18-24 months. This is why it is so important to file for benefits quickly once you know you will be unable to work due to a disability – it may be 2 years before your appeal is heard and you can receive benefits.
While You Wait
It is very important that you keep up on your medical care while you wait, including seeing your doctors and therapists and taking any prescribed medication. If you are being represented by Berger and Green, it is also important to keep us up to date on changes in your medical history, including new doctors, changes in medication, and hospital visits. Berger and Green will order medical records for you before your hearing, so it is important that to keep your attorneys up to date about your medical condition.
The attorneys at Berger and Green can help you with your application, denial, or appeal, as well as answering any questions you might have. Call or contact us today for a free consultation about your case, no matter what stage your claim is at.
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