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Most Common SSDI Questions Part II

There are many questions disability claimants have about the Social Security Disability process and how the Social Security Administration determines whether claimants are disabled. This blog will address some of the most commonly asked questions.

 1.    How long does the disability process take for Social Security Disability Insurance?

This question can be a bit complicated because there are many answers. For some claimants who do not meet the most basic nonmedical requirements for SSDI (they do not have enough work credits for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), they are working too many hours, their condition is not expected to last for 12 continuous months or their income and resources are too high for Supplemental Security Income) the disability denial may occur immediately over the phone or within one week.

If a claimant meets the nonmedical requirements for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) the Social Security Administration will have to request their medical records from all of their treating sources, and in some cases, they will have to send the applicant to a consultative examination. This process could take months.

There are many reasons why the process takes so long but one of the main reasons is the sheer number of SSDI applicants. Each year there are millions of applications sent to the SSA and each application must be processes by a limited number of Social Security Administration representatives.

 2.    Why was I denied Social Security Disability Insurance?

This is a strange question because the reason an applicant was denied should be clearly stated on their denial letter. There are a finite number of reasons a claimant may have been denied: they did not have sufficient work credits for SSDI, the SSA does not think they are disabled, their condition is considered short-term, the claimant is working too much or the SSA thinks they could retrain for new work.

Whether or not the claimant can appeal the denial successfully will depend on the reason they were denied. The best thing to do if your claim has been denied is to talk to a disability lawyer.

 3.    How can I start the Social Security Disability process?

Some claimants want to contact the Social Security Administration immediately and quickly fill out a SSDI application without first finding out what they need to prove and understanding the process; this is a mistake.

Claimants are most successful when they first do a little research and find out how the Social Security Administration makes their disability decision.

What do you need to prove? How much can you work? How long does your condition have to last? How many work credits do you have? What do your medical records need to contain to prove you are disabled? These are basic questions that can be answered with less than an hour of research, but knowing the answers to these questions can dramatically improve a claimant’s chances of winning Social Security disability benefits.

What do you need to do if the process is too confusing and you need help? Making an appointment with a Social Security Administration representative is one option, but do not expect too much from them. As mentioned above, they process millions of claims a year and are not able to provide personal attention to every claimant. Another option is to contact a SSDI lawyer who can review your claim and let you know if you have a disability case.
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