When you file an initial application for Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, it is very important that you make sure you have everything in order. In order to increase the chances of success, you may want to enlist the help of an advocate. This article will explain the advantages of seeking help from an advocate before filing your initial application.
According to the Baltimore Sun, disability applicants in the state of Maryland have to wait for an average of 17 months for an appeal hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge, or ALJ. To avoid an appeal hearing, it is very important that the initial application submitted is completed correctly and has all necessary documentation with it. So how does this process work?
The Social Security Administration, or SSA, says that you should apply for benefits as soon as you become disabled. The waiting period for SSDI claims is six months after your disability begins. The last thing you want to do is submit an application that is incomplete or missing required documentation. Problems with applications may extend the period of time in between your disability and the receipt of your first payment. If your initial application is denied, you may then appeal the decision. If your appeal is denied, you then have the right to a hearing in front of an ALJ to decide if you are eligible to receive benefits. In Maryland, extremely long waits to see an ALJ can cause severe financial hardship. Success with an initial application is extremely important.
Representatives deal with SSDI applications every day. They know exactly what the SSA is looking for in an application. They can also be a great help in securing current medical information from your doctor. They have the proper forms for your doctor to complete, and will secure this information for you. The key to success on an initial application is that it is complete and includes all the required paperwork.
On average, 75% of applicants for SSDI benefits in Maryland are denied when they first apply. To increase your chances of success with your initial application, the services of a representative are critical. Representatives know the timelines, processes, and documents involved in a successful disability application. Boost your chances of success by consulting a legal professional.
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