Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a long and daunting process. Unfortunately, many people decide to give up.
It can take months to get an initial decision. If you are denied, you need to appeal and file a “Reconsideration.” It can sometimes take a few more months for a Reconsideration decision. The next appeal is a Request for Hearing, and there is a typical wait time for a hearing. That wait varies by which hearing office will have jurisdiction, and even then, is something of a moving target. In Massachusetts, the current wait is about a year (unless you can put your case under a dire need exception).
From start to finish, a case can take anywhere from a few months to a few years. Our experience is that most of the cases we see usually take up to 2 years.
All that paperwork required by the Social Security Administration to apply for your disability benefits can be confusing. It’s easy for you to misinterpret what the SSA is asking from you, and you can make avoidable errors on your application and claims forms.
Try to be persistent and patient. Whatever you do, don’t give up.
If you have questions about SSDI or SSI call the Hartwig Law Firm today at (508)732-8989.