It can be very nerve-wracking waiting to hear back from the Social Security Administration (SSA) as to whether or not you have been approved for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. This often takes three to five months before you hear anything and the SSA generally denies two-thirds of initial claims.
When you are unable to work and can’t make a living, it can be extremely stressful. However, there are things that you can do to be proactive as you await a response. Here are the top five:
- Keep your medical appointments and make a record of them.
You may be under the impression that doctors’ visits no longer matter after you apply for SSD, but this is not the case. You should always continue your treatment and keep a record of your visits as this is evidence to demonstrate that you have done what you are supposed to do. It can be especially helpful should you need to appeal the SSA’s decision.
- See if you qualify for other benefits.
While you await a decision from the SSA, it’s a good idea to check on other possible options that are available to disabled workers. This may include workers’ compensation, public assistance, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
3. Continue to check on the status of your SSD claim.
While you may expect to hear from the SSA as soon as the decision has been made, this isn’t always what happens. By continuing to check on the status of your case you can ensure that the SSD received your documents and you can determine if your claim has already been approved or denied.
- Check on the date by which you must appeal.
You generally only will have 60 days to appeal a denial of your claim should the SSA rule this. This is why it’s so important to continue to check on the status of your claim. If your claim has already been decided but you fail to realize it, the clock is still ticking.
- Contact a qualified attorney.
In general, it’s a good idea to contact a qualified SSD attorney who understands how the SSA operates and the process that can be expected. He or she will be able to advocate on your behalf, check on any delays, and help you in the event that you need to appeal the SSA’s decision.
The Las Vegas SSD Attorneys at Roeschke Law, LLC Can Help
If you or a loved one is struggling with a disability that prevents you from working, you may not know how to proceed. Fortunately, the attorneys at Roeschke Law, LLC can help. We understand the impact that a disability can have on your physical, emotional, and financial health. That’s why it’s our mission to help you. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!