Overview of Disability
Disability Back Pay
Disability Advice Tips
How long do cases take?
How to win Disability
SSD Mistakes to avoid
Disability for Mental
What if you get denied?
How to file Appeals
Disability through SSA
SSI Disability Benefits
Disability for Children
How do I qualify for it?
Working and Disability
Disability Award Notice
Disability Lawyer Q&A
Disability Conditions List
What is a disability?
Your Medical Evidence
Filing for your Disability
SSD SSI Definitions
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How to get disability, tip 3
If you are applying for SSI or social security disability, do not assume that you will receive a decision on your claim for several months. In fact, do not assume that your claim will be processed within any deadline cited by the Social Security office. The truth is simply this: there are no deadlines that apply to disability cases and timeframes that are routinely cited by SSA employees are only speculative estimations based on averages.
Often, these average timeframes are fairly close on the mark, but, often, "averages" can be very misleading and not particularly helpful. So, don't count on them, particularly when it comes to planning your finances around them. You may get a decision on your social security or ssi claim in one month, four months, or more than six months, but there will be no way to forecast exactly how long the decision will take.
Because claims go on for so long, if you have any way to reduce your outgoing bills at the time you begin your disability claim, try to do so. Many applicants for social security disability and/or SSI benefits are absolutely stunned when it becomes apparent just how long a claim can take in Texas. And too many claimants wind up in the position of no longer being able to make the payments on a second car that, perhaps, should have been sold months before a disability application or appeal was begun.
If you can rid yourself of excess monthly financial obligations when you enter into the SSA disability process, do so to avoid financial and monetary complications later.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Social Security Disability Appeal Deadlines
Filing for SSI disability
How do I apply for SSI and who is eligible?
SSI disability application process
Steps of The Social Security Disability Determination Process
Who will decide my Social Security disability claim?
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Do I need an attorney to win disability?
How Long Does It Take To Go Before A Judge For Disability?
Will a Judge give you an Immediate Decision at the Disability Hearing?
What happens when you go to a disability hearing?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical conditions
Social Security Disability lawyer fee
Can a lawyer or attorney speed up my disability case?
When can I expect my first disability check and my back pay check?
Going to a medical exam for Social Security Disability or SSI
Filing for disability - How to file the disability application
Do you need a lawyer to file for disability?
How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?
Can you get temporary Social Security disability or SSI benefits?
The Social Security Disability Award Letter
Social Security Disability SSI Eligibility Requirements
How Many Times Will you be denied before You Get Approved for Disability?
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
How to Prove disability and qualify to win benefits
How to speed up the disability process
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes
What should you say if you go to a Social Security Exam?
Maximum back pay you can get from Social Security Disability or SSI
How to qualify for disability
What is the Social Security Disability List of Impairments?
What is considered a disability by Social Security?
How Long Does A Social Security Disability Appeal Take?
How does back pay for Social Security disability work?
Your Social Security Disability Status
How do you find out if a disability claim has been approved or denied?
How to check Social Security Disability Status
Applying for disability, what medical conditions can you apply for?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
How much does disability pay?
Can I get permanent Social Security Disability or SSI?
How long will it take to get a disability decision letter?
Social Security Disability and SSI Medical Exams
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
How Long to get a Disability Hearing decision?
How long to get disability benefits after you receive an award notice?
Social Security Disability and Working
What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?
How To Get Disability Through SSDI or SSI Approved
How Much Income Can A Person Earn If He Draws Social Security Disability?
Partial disability benefits from Social Security
Can I Qualify For Disability for Depression?