Filing an Application for Disability Benefits
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What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of benefits
How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much is paid for the Social Security Disability Attorney Fee?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
Qualifying: What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability?
Applying for disability for Fibromyalgia
Filing for disability with Degenerative Disc Disease
Can I Qualify For Disability on the basis of Depression?
Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status
Disability Claims Through Social Security — How Long is the Process?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
If you have recently filed a claim for social security disability (SSD), it may take longer than you think to receive a decision in your case.
While it is true the average time elapsed between the time you apply for disability and the time you receive a decision is about 90 days, many cases are not decided within this timeframe. It is not uncommon for it to take up to six months (or even longer) to receive a decision from disability determination services (DDS).
While it may be tempting to blame the slow pace on the disability examiner assigned to your case, it is far more likely that delays are caused by the failure of physicians and hospitals to forward medical records to the examiner in a timely fashion.
It may be hard to believe, but the disability examiner (who evaluates your level of disability based on information given in your medical records) has about as much incentive to process claims quickly as the claimants themselves. Examiners’ performance evaluations are based on the number of cases they are able to close over a given period of time.
If three to four months has passed since you filed for disability and you haven’t received word from DDS, call the social security office at which you filed the claim and ask if they can tell you if there has been a decision in your case. You can also ask them for the phone number to for the disability determination services in your area (this can go by a different name, but usually has the word disability somewhere in the title), because if you really want a detailed status of your disability case, this is where you need to call.
DDS should be able to direct you to the disability examiner who is assigned to your case, who can tell you if the case is pending or if a decision has been reached on your disability application or reconsideration appeal.
It can also give you the chance to find out the nature of the delay in your case—if your examiner is having difficulty getting records from a particular physician, you may want to call the doctor’s office yourself, and (politely!) remind them that DDS has made a request for your records.
Social Security Disability & SSI Resource
Social Security Disability, SSI Questions and Answers
Topics and Questions
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Disability Benefits and Being Severely Disabled
What physicians and claimants should know about Social Security Disability
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A medical source statement for a Social Security Disability Case
Social Security Disability Questions
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Letters from doctors for Social Security Disability
The Disability Decision Process and What gets taken into Consideration
Social Security Disability Primary Insured amount?
Why do social security disability claims take so long?
When should you apply for Social security disability?
Will Social Security deny my disability claim if I am working ?
How is Social Security Disability Awarded?
The Social Security Disability Five Month Waiting Period
Social Security Disability Medical Records
Social Security Disability Mental Testing
Social Security Disability SSI - Mental and Physical Residual Functional Capacity
Social Security Disability Representation
What are the SSI disability qualifications for Adults and Children?
Qualifications for Social Security Disability
The Medical Requirements for Receiving Social Security Disability or SSI
How To Get SSDI Approved
Do you file for Social Security Disability or SSI?
Doing the SSDI Appeal Online
Can my Social Security Disability or SSI benefits be stopped or cutoff ?
Apply for Disability with Depression
Can an individual qualify for Social Security disability or SSI on the basis of anxiety or panic attacks ?
SSI Social Security Disability and Back Pain
How Will Social Security Decide a Disability Case that's filed?
Can you apply for disability on the basis of multiple health problems ?
Being Determined Medically Disabled for Social Security Disability
If you get denied for disability do you have to file a new application ?
Am I Eligible For Social Security Disability?
What is the Role of a Social Security Disability Representative?
How is SSI different from Social Security Disability?
Social Security Disability SSI Appeal
How should I prepare for a disability hearing with Social Security ?
Social Security Disability SSI Denied
How do Social Security Disability and SSI appeals work ?
Medical Records Social Security Disability
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Advice for How to Win Social Security
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How does a Medical Source Statement (RFC Form) help win a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim?
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Social Security Disability Attorney- do I need one to win my case?
Social Security Medical Exam
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Criteria to Qualify
Request for a Social Security Disability Hearing
Will a Social Security Judge give You an Immediate Decision at the Disability Hearing?
Social Security Disability Facts
The Social Security Continuing Disability Review
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Social Security Disability Advice for Filing
What are Social Security Disability and SSI Concurrent Benefits?
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If You Are 62, Should You File For Social Security or Social Security Disability?
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Medical Evidence for Social Security Disability
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Social Security Disability Doctor, Supportive Statements
What Are the Chances of Winning an SSA Disability Appeal?
Tips to Prepare for Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI
Requesting a Disability Hearing After You are Denied
What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?
How Do You Win An SSI or Social Security Disability Hearing?