In theory, the Social Security benefits model works something like this. You can’t work due to your illness and/or injury. You apply for benefits. Six months later you receive them.
Skeptical? You should be. Here’s what really happens. After spending hours putting your claim together and submitting it, it enters a huge bureaucracy overwhelmed with work. Claims are quickly lost in an administrative system with a checklist of discouraging characteristics.
It lacks compassion.
There is a crushing amount of paperwork.
It’s a long exhausting process.
It favors efficiency over fairness.
As your claim gets shuffled around, the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a five-step sequential evaluation process to determine eligibility. Insufficient information in any step may result in denial. How often does this happen? On average, 7 out of 10 initial disability applicants are turned down. It gets worse. In New York State, hearings to appeal rejected claims are backlogged 1-2 years in addition to the 5 months it takes to simply process your initial application.
The Good News
You can apply with ease while improving your chances of approval. You can significantly increase your chances of approval by using Social Security Disability (SSD) representation. A good representative will also absorb the burden and hassles of the application process giving you total peace-of-mind. But how do you find a good one? In an effort to help you be an educated consumer we listed 6 key questions you need to ask when looking for qualified SSD representation. View them here.
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