To speed up your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) application claim, you need to fill out your application correctly, file any appeals before the deadline, and hire a Greenville, SC, Social Security disability lawyer from Pilzer Klein. While there is no guarantee by doing these actions, your case will go significantly faster than the average case; you’ll avoid delays.
Delays usually cause a person’s SSDI claim to take longer than it should to process. Read on to learn how to speed up your SSDI application.
Hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer
Before you start the process, hiring a lawyer who can help you along the way is a good idea. Our team can help you from the beginning of the process to the end. Here are a few benefits of hiring a Greenville Social Security disability attorney and what makes us different:
- We’re local: We are a local law firm that has worked with hundreds of clients in North Carolina and South Carolina. We understand the local laws and procedures and can empathize with you in ways that a national SSDI lawyer can’t.
- We prepare you for your hearing: Our attorneys work with you well before your Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing date. We’ll prepare you with how to answer various questions and even how to dress for your hearing.
- Social Security disability is all we do: It’s the only type of law we do, which gives us a significant advantage. We aren’t wearing different hats throughout the day; we’re always dedicated to SSDI cases, which gives us a competitive advantage.
Our team can give you a free case evaluation to determine if you qualify for disability benefits and determine the course of action that fits your case. Knowing the status of your claim first can make it easier to progress through your case.
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Fill Out Your Application Correctly the First Time
After you hire an SSDI lawyer, you can begin to fill out your application, and our team can help you. If you don’t fill out the application correctly and completely, you’re likely to get denied disability benefits, which will make your case take longer.
Our team can help you fill out the application and make sure that you provide all the necessary information. A common mistake people make is failing to collect complete and accurate evidence to submit along with their application.
Collect the Right Evidence
To make sure you don’t get denied, you should include all the evidence that the Social Security Administration (SSA) requires. Here is the evidence you need to include in your application:
- Birth certificate: Provide a copy of your birth certificate as proof of your identity and age.
- Citizenship documents (if applicable): If you were born outside the United States, include any relevant citizenship or naturalization documents to establish your legal status.
- Marriage and divorce documents: If applicable, include your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or any legal documents related to your marital status. Also, provide your spouse’s Social Security Number.
- Children’s information: Include your children’s names and dates of birth.
- Military service information: If you have served in the US military, provide documentation of your service, such as discharge papers or service records.
- Employment history: Provide a detailed employment history, including contact information for your employers. This should cover your current situation and the preceding two years of work. Additionally, indicate when your disability began affecting your ability to work.
Depending on your case, you may need to supply additional documents. Our team can tell you exactly what evidence to supply when you meet with us for a free case evaluation.
Attend Your Medical Appointments and Follow Your Doctor’s Advice
Following your medical professional’s treatment plan is another important aspect that can help prevent your case taking longer than usual. Even after submitting your application, you should attend your scheduled appointments.
Attending your appointments shows that you are committed to your health. But if you miss an appointment or several in a row, the SSA will question if your disability is as severe as it seems. You could lose your benefits if you don’t follow up with your doctor and their treatment plan.
If You’re Denied, File Your Appeal Within 60 Days of Receiving Your Denial Letter
It’s quite common for SSDI application claims to be denied the first time. There are several reasons you can be denied benefits and it’s upsetting when you’re struggling financially and can’t work. However, to be eligible for another chance of getting benefits, you need to file your appeal within 60 days of receiving the denial letter.
Filing your appeal on time gives the SSA enough time to look at your appeal and make a decision to approve or deny your Request for Reconsideration. There is no set amount of time for the appeal process as there are several steps.
If your request is denied, you’ll move on to the next step of the process, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing. Your Social Security disability can represent you and present additional evidence. You’ll move on to the Appeal Council if your claim is denied after your ALJ hearing.
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A Compassionate Allowances Condition Can Speed Up Your Claim
In special cases, the SSA will award disability benefits to people with especially severe and life-threatening diseases and illnesses within a shorter time. Through its Compassionate Allowances program, if you have one of the 200 conditions in the Compassionate Allowances List (CAL), you can submit all the medical evidence to prove it and identify which condition you have.
If the SSA says you qualify, you could receive disability benefits sooner than you would through the typical claim. Our Greenville Social Security disability lawyers can help you apply through the Compassionate Allowances program when you meet with them.
Contact Us Today To Learn How To Speed Up Your Disability Claim
At Pilzer Klein, our team is ready to help you fill out your application and take all the necessary actions to speed up your claim process. Remember, taking the actions we mentioned doesn’t guarantee a significantly faster processing time, but it helps you avoid common mistakes that can slow your progress.
Contact us today to learn how we can help you speed up your claim.