Understanding The Application Process For SSDI
When it comes to filing for Social Security Disability benefits, the process can be extremely complicated. Although it feels like a daunting task, it’s important not to get discouraged. This is something you are entitled to, and we are here to help. Robert D. Paulbeck, Attorney at Law, has helped clients throughout Michigan for over 25 years.
What You Can Expect
In general, the same process is in place for everyone who applies. It goes as follows:
- The initial application – Filing for benefits while providing evidence and supporting documentation. This process often takes between 90 and 120 days. Most claims are denied right off the bat, but this is where our knowledge and experience comes into play.
- Reconsideration – If your claim is denied, we have 60 days to file an appeal. Here we will gather more supporting evidence proving you are in need of assistance. This can take between three and five months.
- A formal hearing – When appealing your denied claim you must request a hearing. A judge will listen to your reasoning for filing and can either approve or deny your claim, or send it back for review. This can take up to two years to complete.
- Appeals council – If you disagree with the judge’s opinion we can file another appeal. This process takes between six months and one year to complete.
- Federal district court – If your claim is denied by the appeals council, we can file one final appeal.
It’s understandable to be intimidated by this process, but don’t feel defeated. We are here to help keep it moving.