According to the Social Security website’s Average Wait Time Until Hearing Held report for June of 2013, individuals who are appealing a denied claim could wait as long as 13 months before having their case heard by an Administrative Law Judge in Omaha disability court – and the wait for first time applicants isn’t much better.
Though there’s nothing you can do to speed up the claims process, there are a few things you can do to help your case overall. To get you started, we suggest:
- Immediately update the SSA – When you have changes in your contact information, prognosis, or employment status, contact the SSA right away to update.
- Track the progress of your claim – Call the SSA field office where you originally filed or check online.
- Apply for other forms of state and federal benefits – If you qualify for disability benefits through Social Security, you probably qualify for other types of benefits as well.
- Communicate with your doctor – Tell your physician that you’ve filed for SSDI or SSI. Stay current on exams and treatments to the best of your ability.
- Document every hardship – You may encounter hardships when attempting to follow through on treatment or obtaining other types of medical care or financial aid.
- Hire an Omaha disability lawyer – As we’ve already said, there’s not much that can be done about wait times, but using an attorney greatly improves your chances of approval much earlier in the process.
The Cuddigan Law team understands how overwhelming dealing with the Social Security disability claim process can be. If you’re ready for a free evaluation, call 402-933-5405 or email [email protected] today. Our informative booklet, Give Yourself the Best Chance of Winning Your Social Security Disability Case, is available free to your request.