How long do I have to wait after I submit an application to receive a decision?

The typical wait time for receiving a decision after filing an SSD application is around 6 months. There is a mandatory waiting period of 5 months, so don’t expect to hear anything sooner. In some cases, applicants may be eligible to receive retroactive SSD benefits, which pay a certain amount based on when the disability occurred.

Is my disability severe enough to receive SSD benefits?

Your attorney can help you to understand the specific requirements mandated by the Social Security Administration concerning physical and mental impairments. SSD disabilities recognized under the program include a wide variety of diseases, injuries, and mental/neural disorders. If your medical problem is not found on the list of impairments, your SSD lawyer can help you establish a strong case for the limitations imposed by the condition.

How much will I receive each month if approved for SSD benefits?

The amount of your monthly benefit checks will depend on your prior income and your total lifetime earnings. Factors like other sources of income or supplemental disability insurance may affect your total amount. Please talk to a skilled SSD attorney for help estimating what your claim is worth.

Is special consideration given to applicants with severe or terminal disabilities?

Yes. There are a list of serious conditions and terminal illnesses given special attention under the Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowance initiative. Individuals with certain types of impairments may be able to achieve SSD approval in a very short amount of time, with acceptable confirmation by a medical professional.

What can I do I am denied SSD benefits?

There are several stages of SSD appeals you can use after receiving an unfavorable judgment from the Social Security Administration. Since most first-time applications are denied, it is very common for disabled workers to try appealing two or more times before winning the benefits they deserve.

If you would like to talk to a legal professional about your Social Security Disability claim, please contact an SSD lawyer in your area to get started.