Simplifying the Social Security Benefits Process

Applying for Social Security Benefits can seem daunting, but it’s simple with a little preparation and the right information on hand. In this post, we will explain the process to help you better understand it.


  • The Initial Application. Once you’ve submitted the appropriate paperwork, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will contact your healthcare providers for additional information. This takes three to five months and most initial claims are denied.


  • The Appeal. You then have 60 calendar days to appeal the decision by submitting a Request for Reconsideration.


  • The Reconsideration Process. This takes two to five months. About 75% of all claims are denied again at this point.


  • Request for Hearing. You have another 60 days to appeal this decision by filing a Request for Hearing.


  • The Hearing. It can take 12 to 36 months to be granted a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.


In summary, it can take two years or longer to actually gain approval. To ensure your case has the best chance, complete forms with as much detail as possible, be sure you have all necessary information before any interviews, include appropriate identifying details in all paperwork and correspondence, and notify the SSA and Disability Examiner anytime relevant details change.

Hiring an attorney who specializes in Social Security disability can also greatly benefit your case. They can draw from experience to review your paperwork, clarify any confusion, and ensure everything is submitted in a timely manner. If you have additional questions about Social Security disability benefits, contact Jan Dils Attorneys at Law at 877.526.3457 for an expert consultation. We have an experienced team of disability attorneys, and one of our representatives will be happy to answer your questions. If you’d prefer to contact us online, fill out this form and we will respond to you shortly.

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