These are the facts about Social Security Disability claims

After you apply for disability benefits, you should receive information on your application within a reasonable amount of time. The Social Security Administration does not give a specific deadline, which means your application could pend for many weeks, months or even years, in some cases.

The time it takes to receive a decision is dependent on a few factors:

-- Type of disability

-- Medical evidence you submit

-- Whether or not the SSA needs you to get a special medical examination

-- Whether the application is reviewed to uphold quality standards

Since this can be a long, tedious process, it's a good idea to work with your attorney to put together your application. Doing this ensures it's filled out accurately the first time, so you have a lower chance of being denied.

Many applicants are denied on their first application. If that happens, you will need to appeal the decision stating you don't qualify for disability benefits. Sometimes appeals can take even longer to resolve than the initial claims.

After you apply, you should know that there may be a waiting period before your benefits can begin. The waiting period ends five months after your disability occurred, meaning that you can begin to receive your disability benefits during the sixth month after your injury.

The date of injury is determined by the SSA for this waiting period. It's important to be very clear about the date on which the accident and injury occurred. You can provide medical records, workers' compensation documents and other files to prove when your injury occurred.

Source: Social Security Administration, "How long does it take to get a decision after I apply for disability benefits?," accessed Jan. 19, 2017

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