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Don't Expect Your Social Security Disability Application to Be Accepted in the First Round

It may seem like an inappropriate metaphor, given that your physical condition makes it impossible for you to work, but applying for Social Security disability benefits is more like a marathon than a sprint. Even the most carefully prepared and well-documented application is just as likely to denied as accepted, meaning that you may have to file multiple appeals to finally be accepted onto the disability rolls—a process that can take months or (more likely) years.

The Social Security Disability Process Can Be Long and Arduous

Why are so many initial applications for Social Security disability rejected, even when the individual has a rock-solid case supported by overwhelming medical evidence? Here are a few reasons:

  • Thousands of people apply for Social Security disability every day, and government examiners are overwhelmed with paperwork—and will often deny applications just to clear their desks
  • The examiner may suspect that you have other financial assets you can draw on while you wait to get onto the disability rolls, and he will therefore put you on the “back of the line”
  • The person reading your application may have received a directive to deny a certain percentage of applications, and yours does not make the cut
  • A Social Security bureaucrat may deny your application on the premise that if you are “really, really” in need of government assistance, you'll file an appeal 
  • The Social Security examiner knows that if your application is denied right off the bat, you may be discouraged enough never to file again, thus saving the government money

It Can Take a Long Time to Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits

Even if you have a rock-solid case, it can take one or two years to qualify for Social Security disability benefits from the date you file your application—which is why it's important to hire an attorney who knows what he's doing and will get your paperwork on the right track as soon as possible. Questions? Contact the northern California Social Security disability experts at the Ledgerwood Law Group (888-761-7383) for a free consultation today!


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