Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be a lengthy and time-consuming process. The nature of the disability requires medical documentation and must be very specific in explaining how the disability prevents an applicant from being able to work. Also, non-medical information must include proof of identification and age, as well as accurate and up to date employment history. Since the application process requires considerable detail, even an eligible applicant can find their initial application denied for missing or incomplete information. In general, it can take up to 5 months for an initial application to receive a response from the Social Security Administration (SSA). And it should be noted that roughly two-thirds of all SSDI applications are initially denied.If an applicant for SSDI benefits is denied, they have 60 days to appeal the decision. There are four levels of the appeals process so if an initial appeal is denied there are additional opportunities to challenge the denial of benefits. This however can be lengthy process and last as long as two years depending on the case. This can be stressful on an individual who has become disabled due to illness or injury. Having the right legal representation can increase the likelihood of a successful application for SSDI benefits or a successful appeal for an application that was initially denied. A lawyer experienced with disability law will know how to prepare an application that will meet the required SSA criteria for receiving a positive response for SSDI benefits.
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