What happens when I apply for Disability Benefits?
POSTED BY Jan Dils . February 11, 2017
On a daily basis we are asked by clients, “What happens once I apply for disability benefits?” They have many questions and concerns about the process and how long it will be before they get a decision. There are no sure-fired answers to give them, but we can explain the system and help them understand the process.
I try to explain that, once you have filed your application with the Social Security Administration, they will start to gather your medical records from the doctors you listed. You can speed this along by contacting your medical providers and making sure that they send your records back as quickly as possible. Once all of the records are gathered, your file is reviewed and a medical decision is made. This generally takes three to four months or more. If you are not approved at this level, you can appeal the denial by filing a Request for Reconsideration and then a Request for Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. This entire process may take up to two years or more from start to finish.