It Takes Time to Be Accepted for Social Security Disability
Applying for Social Security disability benefits is a lot different from, say, applying for a driver's license. In the latter case, you take a written test, go out for a spin with a DMV official, pay a fee, and your license is mailed to you within one or two weeks. Things don't move nearly as fast with Social Security. It may take you a few weeks to fill out a convincing application (which should preferably be done with the assistance of an experienced lawyer and a reputable physician), and after you mail it in, it's anyone's guess when your application will be accepted—or, equally as likely, when it will be denied.
What happens if, as is often the case, your application for benefits is rejected two or three months after you send it in? Well, you'll have no choice but to file an appeal—at which point you may have to wait another few months for Social Security bureaucrats to examine the paperwork. Delays, denials, requests for additional information, repeated interviews with a Social Security examiner—you can see why the process of obtaining benefits can stretch on for one, two, or more years. (This is to the government's benefit, of course, since the longer the Social Security Administration denies your benefits the less money it has to pay out!)
At the Ledgerwood Law Group, we know that even the most deserving Social Security disability applications are likely to be placed in government purgatory for an extended period of time—during which you are not working and drawing down your savings. We can help! Call our northern California Social Security disability experts today at 888-761-7383 to find out what we can do for you.
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