When you file an application for Social Security Disability benefits, you will be required to complete various forms and provide certain information to properly file your application. Some of the required forms include consent for release of information form, adult disability report, and appointment of representative (if you are represented by an attorney). Overall, there are several forms and required documents that need to be completed in order to have the Social Security Administration accept and review your initial application. The average response time for the Social Security Administration to reach a decision after you apply for benefits is three to four months. If your initial application is denied by the Social Security Administration, you will then need to file a “request for reconsideration.” You have 60 days to request reconsideration of your application from the date of your initial application denial. The reconsideration process for disability claims involves a thorough review of your case and application by the Social Security Administration. The review is done by different individuals who reviewed your initial application. The reconsideration process for disability claims takes about four to six months. If your reconsideration application if approved, then you should expect to receive a “Notice of Award” letter and start receiving benefits. However, many cases are also denied at the reconsideration level. In fact, it is estimated that only 15% of requests for reconsideration are approved. If you are denied at the reconsideration stage, you can appeal the decision by requesting a hearing with an administrative law judge. You also have 60 days from the notice of denial of reconsideration to file a request for hearing. Like the reconsideration process for disability claims, the hearing process is also lengthy and requires a lot of documentation. Overall, it is crucial to work with an experienced law firm who can guide you through the stages of filing for disability benefits.
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