Hearing news about Social Security disability and the process one must go through is upsetting. One might feel bad about those waiting for a hearing. However, the situation can hit a person in a whole new way when they are the one having to apply for benefits or wait for a hearing after being denied benefits. Individuals in Pennsylvania and elsewhere might feel helpless and unsure how to proceed. One is not only faced by the challenges that a disability brings to their life but also the difficulties the SSD application process has brought them.
At Jeffrey S. Lichtman, our legal team understands the frustrations disabled individuals face when they are in the application and appeals process. However, it is our goal to help our clients move through the process well informed, helping them obtain a favorable outcome. We are dedicated to helping individuals in the Philadelphia area explore their options and how to get through this sometimes lengthy process.
With regards to an initial decision, applicants should expect to wait an average of 90 to 180 days. This is a long time to wait, especially when benefits are necessary at the time an application was filed. Thus, when an application is denied and the appeals process has begun, an individual can expect to wait another 60 to 120 days for a decision to be made on a reconsideration. If an appeal is requested, this can take anywhere from 12 to 18 months to occur.
Because the process can be very lengthy, our law firm is focused on taking the time to help our clients receive a timely approval. By collecting all necessary evidence and documents and ensuring all details are included, our goal is to have our clients' initial application approved.
To learn more, check out our law firm's Social Security disability website. Those seeking to collect SSD benefits should fully understand their situation and how best to proceed. This not only gives one a realistic perspective but help individuals understand how long the entire process can take.