The process of applying for Social Security benefits can seem like a daunting one because there are so many steps to be followed. However, the application process needn’t be as difficult as it initially seems. By understanding the different steps involved in applying for Social Security Disability benefits, and with the right kind of guidance to help sort out any trouble along the way, you can should be able to submit your application and start receiving benefits within a reasonable amount of time. If all the paperwork is submitted correctly, a decision can be made within three to five months. If complications arise however, it can take much longer.
The first step in applying for Social Security Disability benefits is to actually submit the necessary application form. This can be done either online, over the phone, or at a local office of the Social Security Administration (SSA). Again, if everything is in order, a letter should be received within three to five months declaring an answer. Sometimes however certain aspects of the paperwork will be unclear or more information will be required. This can add several months to the application process, so it is important to make sure everything is correct and in order the first time the application is submitted.
If the application is accepted, then the person will begin receiving benefits right away. If not, then the appeal process begins. This is the chance that every applicant has to try to overturn the initial rejection and involves numerous steps. The first stage is the reconsideration stage, in which the SSA will review the application again and make a new verdict. This only takes another few months, but it is unlikely that any change comes from this part of the process. If the application is rejected again, it goes to the hearing stage, in which the applicant will need to present his or her case in front of a SSA judge and try to sway him or her with information as to why benefits should be given. This part of process can take anywhere from a few months to over a year, but it goes much smoother and quicker if you have legal representation on your side.
When appealing the rejection of a Social Security application, it is always a good idea to have a specialist attorney on your side because it not only makes the process quicker by lessening the number of hearings and court appearances, but it also drastically increases the chances of victory. The Franco Law Firm has years of experience helping people in the Tampa Bay Area do just this, so we can certainly help you in your Social Security application process and appeals as well. To learn more and to schedule a free consultation, please call us at 813 872 0929.