By: Darrell Castle
The length of your Social Security Disability Insurance case really depends on whether or not your initial application is denied.
That sounds bad, but it’s really not – up to 70% of initial disability claims are denied. However, you have 60 days to appeal the decision.
That decision will then take about 6 months to be heard. Then, if you’re awarded disability, it takes about 3 months until you begin to receive the benefits.
So, I typically tell people who are denied that the process will take about a year.
What if you aren’t denied though?
When you initially apply for Social Security Disability Insurance, you should receive an answer in 8 months – so a little less than a year.
In both cases – whether your case is denied or not – there is a definitive start date in which you were deemed disabled by your doctor. This is the date that your disability benefits actually begin, and if and when you are granted Social Security Disability Insurance, you’ll receive that past-due pay.
Your past-due pay is actually what the attorney fee comes from. Your attorney is entitled to 25% of those past-due benefits, but no more than $6,000.
So, it’s very affordable to hire an attorney for your Social Security Disability Insurance claim.
People often choose to hire an attorney for their appeal AFTER they’ve initially been denied. However, why not hire an attorney for the initial application? The application is complex and filled with legal jargon, so it’s in your best interest to have an experienced attorney handle it for you and do it right the first time.
Darrell Castle & Associates has successfully handled disability cases for decades and has received multiple Client Distinction Awards from Martindale-Hubbel for client satisfaction in the process. You’re in good hands here.
If you’re considering applying for Social Security Disability Insurance and want to talk to someone about it, our FREE consultation is perfect for you. You can schedule your appointment by calling (901) 327-1212 or by filling out one of the contact forms on this page.