What to Expect When You Apply for Social Security Disability BenefitsWhat to Expect When You Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits

Social Security disability benefits are long term benefits, and substantial evidence is required over a period of time before benefits are awarded. The process takes a long time, requires a lot of documentation, and often requires appealing an initial denial in order to get benefits awarded. Mistakes in the application process can lead to rejections, costly delays and may even require starting from the beginning. Nearly 65% of all applicants are denied benefits at initial application, although many of them are later awarded benefits on appeal.

After spending weeks putting together your application, Social Security will take 3-8 months to review your claim and make a decision. The length of time for a decision depends in part on how much time it takes Social Security to get your medical records and any other documentation needed to make a decision. If your application is denied, though, do not be discouraged. There are several additional levels in the process to appeal your initial denial of disability benefits.

At the Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we are extremely familiar with the paperwork and process from initial application all the way through the multiple levels of appeals. If you would like assistance with your initial application, contact us or fill out the form on this page to receive a free evaluation of your claim.


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