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Trouble Understanding SSDI Appeals Process? Here’s What You Should Know

Erwin, McCane & Daly | Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Here’s the scenario: You’ve applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and have been turned down. Then, you appealed your case, following all the necessary steps. What do you do now?

The main word of advice is this: be patient.

There is just no way to know exactly how long a disability appeal with the Social Security Administration will take. This is due to several facts.

First, disability cases do not have deadlines (despite the fact that the Social Security office will often say it will take 90-120 days for processing an initial decision).

Second, all cases are different as far as your impairments and medical evidence is concerned. Some conditions are easier to determine as disabled; others may take longer.

Third, sometimes a case is assigned to a claims examiner or administrative law judge who has three hundred cases to work on, and sometimes to an examiner or judge who has ninety cases on their schedule. In other words, the luck of the draw may apply.

Unfortunately, there are many examples of appeals taking considerably longer than six months, and hearings taking a year or more to be scheduled.

At Erwin, McCane, and Daly, we’re well-versed in the logistics of applying for and appealing SSDI, and we’ll help make the process move along in a manner that may save save you time and lessen your frustration. Call us for an appointment so that we can review your individual situation 518-449-2245.

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