Studies have reported that, in 2022, only about 35 percent of initial applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits were approved by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Further, only about 13 percent of applications were approved at the first stage of appeals, otherwise known as the reconsideration stage. Understandably so, you may want to do everything in your power to increase your odds and receive the financial aid that you require and that you are overall entitled to. Continue reading to learn how you can improve your chances of receiving benefits and how an experienced New Jersey SSDI attorney at The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur can help you potentially expedite this process.
In what ways can I improve my chances of receiving SSDI benefits?
To avoid having to undergo the appeals process, and to overall avoid an outright denial of your SSDI benefits claim, it may be in your best interest to follow the below tips:
- You must ensure that you accurately fill out all necessary information that goes with your claim (i.e., dates of employment, contact information for doctors and hospitals visited, etc).
- You must ensure that you support your claim with any relevant supplemental documentation (i.e., employment evidence, medical evidence, etc).
- You must ensure that you promptly respond to the SSA with requests for additional information or clarification.
In what ways can I expedite my SSDI benefits claim?
Of note, after you file your SSDI benefits claim, it may take anywhere from three to five months to get a response from the SSA. What’s more, if the SSA’s response is to deny your initial claim, then it may take anywhere from a few months to a couple of years to undergo the appeals process. Understandably so, you may require immediate financial aid and thereby do not have the luxury of time to wait for approval. Rest assured, there may be strategies in which you may expedite a decision on your SSDI benefits claim. They read as follows:
- To expedite your initial application:
- You may have a condition that falls under the SSA’s compassionate allowance list.
- You may have a terminal illness that falls under the SSA’s TERI program.
- You may have a liability that began while you were on active duty.
- To expedite your appeals process:
- You may have a “dire need” that makes you eligible for a hearing with your local Office of Hearings Operations.
- You may have submitted enough medical evidence that makes you eligible for an “on the record” review.
- You may have retrieved new medical evidence that makes you eligible for an attorney advisor decision.
In conclusion, you require the services of a skilled New Jersey SSDI attorney when filling out your benefits claim. So please schedule your free initial consultation with us at The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur today.