SSDI Process Level FiveSSDI Process Level Five

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) was created to provide disabled workers money to live on after they are no longer able to work. Sometimes SSDI benefits are only for a couple of years, while other recipients of these funds collect for the rest of their lives because their injury or illness is serious enough to prevent them from ever working again. SSDI law is complicated, and people are often denied benefits on their first application because the paperwork is confusing, and one mistake can result in your claim being denied.

The experienced SSDI attorneys at The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers have helped thousands of people all over the country get the compensation they deserve following a disabling accident or injury. If you have been injured and can no longer work, we can help you file for Social Security disability benefits.

There are several steps in the SSDI process, and each one presents its own unique challenges. We just described levels one through four of the five level process, and now we are ready to move on to the final stage, level five.

Level Five

Less than one percent of SSDI applicants ever make it to level five of the process: Federal District Court (FDC). Approximately 70% of the claims that make it this far are denied and a very small percentage receive an FDC decision that results in an award. The rest of the applicants at level 5 are sent back to the hearing level of the process for a second hearing.

If your claim is awarded, the guidelines regarding when you will receive your payment are:

  • Two to four weeks but up to sixty days for claims awarded at level one and level two
  • One to three months for claims awarded at levels three and four

These are estimations and the actual time may vary.

A complicated formula is used to estimate the monthly payment you will receive. Your monthly amount is dictated by your lifetime earnings.

Your eligibility for SSDI benefits will be reviewed from time to time. These reviews are typically at one, three, five or seven years. For instance, if you have a medical condition that is expected to improve, your benefits will be reviewed around the time established for improvement at the time your benefits were awarded.

Please contact the experienced SSDI attorneys at The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today to schedule your confidential consultation to discuss your SSDI case. Let us help you get the SSDI benefits to which you are entitled. We have several offices throughout the United States, and we can help you the same way we’ve helped thousands of other families all over the country. Fill out the form today for a FREE case evaluation.


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