The process of applying for and getting approved for Social Security Disability can be time consuming. It is common for the entire process to take months, but it is possible for it to take much longer. While there is no way to totally eliminate the wait before getting approved, there are some things that those seeking disability can do to lessen the amount of time that they have to wait before getting approved for disability and to start receiving money.
The first step to avoiding delays is to get organized and to obtain all needed documentation regarding the disability as well as the claimant’s financial standing. Having records about the injury, past and current medical treatments and physician statements about the extent and permanency of the disability, will help a claim to be processed faster. When considering a disability claim, the Social Security claims examiner is also likely to want to see pay stubs, tax returns and retirement account records as well as a list of personal assets. A person filing for disability should also have a 15 year employment history detailing employers, job titles, job duties and pay rates. The examiner may also ask to see documentation regarding the claimant’s marital standing in order to determine any amount that may be owed to a current or former spouse.
Once the claim is being processed, a claimant should respond promptly to any request for information. If a claimant changes his or her address, phone number of other contact information during the disability process, this information needs sent to all concerned parties as soon as possible. Claimants need to be aware that many disability claims are denied on the first try and appeals need to be filed in a timely manner according to Social Security guidelines. Examiners may deny claims for various reasons and the process can be very frustrating. However, it is important for a claimant to continue working for the disability benefits that he or she deserves.
Of course, those people who are pursuing a disability claim should use the services of an experienced law firm to help guide them through the application process. The attorneys and staff at Parmele Law Firm have the knowledge, experience and determination to help their clients to get their disability claims approved as quickly as possible. Those considering a disability claim can learn more about the firm’s services at www.parmelelawfirm.com. The firm can help those who are trying to get approved for disability to receive the compensation that they need.