Waiting to learn whether you qualify for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits can test your patience. You need this money because as a disabled worker, you are no longer able to earn a living and provide for your family.
It typically takes three to five months before the Social Security Administration (SSA) accepts or denies an applicant’s claim, and the agency usually denies two-thirds of those claims. While you wait, though, be proactive as your actions just may help you.
Check on your claim, continue doctor visits
Here are a few things to consider while waiting to hear from the SSA and its decision:
- Seek other types of benefits: Among the options potentially available to disabled workers include public assistance, worker’s compensation and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
- Check on the status of your claim: The SSA is not known for moving swiftly, so persistence on your part is essential in learning about the status of your claim. Perhaps the SSA neglected to let you know that it denied your claim, or it may have lost your documents. Make regular check-ins.
- Be aware of your appeal date: Typically, applicants have 60 days to appeal after the SSA denies your claim. This represents another reason why it is so important to check on the status of your claim. Time is of the essence.
- Reach out to an attorney: You may have patiently waited, but you are a crossroads due to anxiety over the wait. An attorney will advocate for you and find our why your case continues to be delayed.
- Continue to see your doctor: Carefully keep the records of your visits as you want to continue to provide the SSA with evidence of an ailment that prevents you from working. Also, follow your doctor’s orders.
Maintain these careful steps, and please understand that this is not the time to be complacent.
A proactive approach
Yes, the waiting can be frustrating for anyone applying for SSD benefits. But being proactive just may help your case.