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The Social Security List of Impairments
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Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

Can people get disability benefits easily?

Here's a paraphrased comment from someone: "The SSDI and SSI programs are haywire. It annoys me that people get disability so readily and easily. This individual has no real clue as to how the system works. True, some people do get approved on the first disability application. However, the majority, about 70 percent, do not.

What happens to those individuals? Some of them give up and really shouldn't. In many of these instances this occurs because the individual has been misinformed about their rights to appeal, or they find the experience of filing and being denied too depressing or anxiety-provoking. Some of them misunderstand the meaning of appeals and mistakenly file new claims instead of filing an actual appeal (which usually just leads to more denials).

Other individuals, however, who do not give and, instead, enter into the social security appeal process, begin what is usually a lengthy process that may consume years of waiting.

The waiting is accounted for by two things:

1) The first appeal, the reconsideration, is usually denied, typically after being with a disability examiner for one to four months...though it can be longer.

2) The second appeal, the request for a hearing, can often take 2 years or longer to result in a scheduled hearing.

Then, of course, there is the unpleasant fact that, even after being told by a judge that they have, effectively, been approved at a disability hearing, a claimant may have to wait months more for the actual notice of decision that makes it all official. And, even then, while their monthly benefits are put into pay status relatively quickly, a claimant may be forced to wait months longer for their back pay to be processed.

Back pay, of course, is what claimants--who are behind on their car payments and mortgages, and other bills, as a result of not being able to work for so long--desperately need.

Can people get disability benefits readily and easily? The answer is "sometimes", but, most often, not. And, usually, the process is financially wrenching and devastating to those who must go through it.

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How to claim disability
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How to get you Social Security Disability status
How does a person qualify for disability benefits?
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How Much Income Can you Earn If you draw Social Security Disability?
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Time on a Social Security Disability Decision
How to apply for disability for a child or children
Denied Twice For SSD or SSI Disability, What Do I Do?
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Social Security Disability SSI - Retroactive Benefits Vs Back Pay Benefits
How long do you have To Be Out Of Work Before You Get Social Security Disability (SSD)?
How to file for disability and medical conditions
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Qualifying for disability benefits with the social security administration
How to get disability
Will I be approved for disability on my appeal?
How to appeal a disability denial

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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