The Social Security Administration (SSA) takes time to process disability applications. However, working or collecting unemployment benefits may compromise your application. Whether or not you try to do some work within your limitations or file for unemployment benefits, many of our clients still have concerns about the length of the SSDI process and how to make ends meet in the meantime.
At The Klein Law Group, P.C., we understand the financial challenges that come with a serious injury, illness or disability. We are here to guide you through the process and ensure you are taken care of at every step.
How Long Does It Take To Get SSDI Benefits?
It can take the SSA many months to issue a determination on your initial application. Many applicants are denied the first time and must go through the appeals process, including the wait for a hearing date. Even after your claim is approved it can take some time to receive your benefits. That’s a lot of waiting, and a lot of potential financial strain.
When Your Case May Be Expedited
In addition to having the strongest possible application that is free of common mistakes, Social Security may process your case quickly if the following is true for you:
- Terminal illness – The SSA’s Compassionate Allowances program prioritizes applications of people with certain serious conditions. Visit the SSA’s website or talk to an attorney to learn more about eligible disabilities.
- Risk of eviction or foreclosure – Because disability determinations take time, many people are left without enough basic income to maintain a residence. An experienced SSDI attorney may be able to show that your hardship justifies an expedited review of your application.
- Suicide risk – Many people with disabilities deal with depression and other mental health effects. If you have experienced suicidal thoughts, the SSA may be able to process your application more quickly for your safety. Please speak with your doctor and ensure you are safe, then discuss expediting your claim with your lawyer.
- Military service – Under federal law, military service members who became disabled during active duty may be eligible for expedited processing if the injury occurred after Oct. 1, 2001.
Get A Free Consultation And Get Your Benefits As Quickly As Possible
The best way to improve your chances of getting adequate benefits in a timely manner is to work with an experienced lawyer who understands the SSDI process inside and out. At The Klein Law Group, P.C., we have helped many people with disabilities get the compensation they need on a timeline they can live with. Please contact us at 917-639-5350 to learn more and schedule a free initial consultation.