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Getting approved for benefits can take more time than some think

Published on March 11th, 2014

Many people who want to apply for Social Security disability are afraid of getting denied. Because of this, they try their best to learn and follow every rule when it comes to the application in hopes of getting approved. In doing so, sometimes applicants make mistakes, such as waiting too long to apply. That’s why it can be very helpful to work with an attorney that can lead you through the process.

One rule that many people misunderstand is the “at least one year or more” rule. Basically, an applicant must believe their disability will last at least one year or longer in order to apply. This does not mean that they have to wait one year to apply. They should apply as soon as they are disabled and are unable to work.

Not only can the application process be complicated, but many people are denied every year. That means they may have to go through a lengthy appeal process. Even if their benefits are approved, it can take several months for their application to process. After that, applicants will receive their first payment on the sixth full month after they became disabled.

There are several ways to start the process. An Illinois resident can go to a Social Security District Office or call the Social Security Administration. They can also file an application using the SSA website. It can be helpful to work with an attorney through every step of the process in order to get your questions answered and have a stronger chance of having your disability benefits approved.

Source: APP.com, “Social Security: When should you apply for disability benefits?” Joanne Crane, Feb. 26, 2014

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