How long will it take for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to come up with a decision on your claim?

When you apply for Social Security disability (SSD), the SSA has to thoroughly examine your application to determine your eligibility. In general, this process will take three or four months, but some people have had to wait as long as two years to get their benefits. It is all too easy to make mistakes during the application process, and those mistakes could extend the process exponentially. Avoiding mistakes is one of the best ways to speed up the process, but there are a few other ways to expedite the process. The following is a list from our disability attorney in Louisville of a couple of those ways:

#1. OTR Review

ALJ Hearings are one of the biggest reasons for delayed SSD decisions, but if you have submitted enough evidence on your application to clearly show that you are disabled, you can request an OTR (on the record) review instead of waiting for your appeal hearing. In an OTR review, an administrative law judge will review the evidence that you are disabled, eliminating the need for a hearing.

#2. Compassionate Allowances

If you suffer from a very serious illness, you may be eligible for a Compassionate Allowance. Compassionate Allowances are designed for people with severe conditions who can’t wait months for a disability decision. Many types of cancers, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Tay-Saches Disease and early-onset Alzheimer’s are a few examples of the conditions that make you eligible for a Compassionate Allowance.

These are just a couple of the many things you can do to speed up your SSD claim. Would you like to learn more? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog.