How long Does it take to get a Decision Letter in Florida for Social Security Disability?
Once a medical determination for a disability claim in Florida is made, most individuals will begin to receive letters. If an individual's disability claim has been denied, they should expect to receive denial notices almost immediately. Social Security sends denial notices quickly, because an individual has only sixty-five days from the date of their denial to appeal the decision and begin the Social Security Disability appeals process.
So what should an individual expect if they are approved for either disability program?
If an individual is approved for Social Security Disability in Florida at the initial disability claims or reconsideration appeal level, they should expect an award letter within a few days unless there are other mitigating factors to their disability case such as workman's compensation, capability development, or manual benefit computations (disability awards that cannot be processed through the regular computer process must be input manually be Social Security claims representatives).
Additionally, if an individual is approved at the ALJ disability hearing, the award letter may be delayed somewhat due to the fact the judge's decision must be prepared, then sent to the payment center for processing.
If an individual has a Supplemental Security Income disability or concurrent disability claim (Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income disability), their disability claim is always sent back to the local Social Security office for an end line review known as a PERC.
What is a PERC? This is a follow up interview to review the individual's income and resources, in order to determine if they are still eligible to receive ongoing disability benefits or if the individual is entitled to receive SSI benefits for the five month mandatory Social Security Disability waiting period.
Social Security Disability program applicants can expect to receive letters about end line reviews and eligibility letters (either denials or approvals). In conclusion, there are no set times for disability applicants to receive a letter once a decision has been made in their case. However, Social Security attempts to send all disability notices promptly.
About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.
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