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What Can I Do While I Await My Social Security Disability Benefits Decision?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Sep 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Though it does not happen often, sometimes a claimant will leave her hearing knowing for certain that she has won her case.  This can occur, for example, if a medical expert finds that she has met a listing. Or, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) may simply state that he is going to find in the claimant's favor.  It is always welcome news to find out Social Security is going to approve your disability claim. But, the work is not over yet.

In Limbo

Anybody Seen My Pen?

Even if the facts of the case make it clear a claimant has won, that claimant still has to wait for the ALJ to put his decision down on paper.  Not surprisingly, this means more delay. Currently, the wait to get a written decision following a hearing is at least two and sometimes three or more months. During this time, the winning claimant is in limbo. Nothing is going to happen without the written decision.

Get A Savings Account

That does not mean, however, that the claimant cannot put this waiting time to some use.  For example, a claimant could go out and set up a bank account. This will allow Social Security to establish direct deposit of the monthly benefits into that account.

Start Gathering Relevant Paperwork

If a claimant expects to get SSI benefits, she could gather paperwork covering the period from when her disability began.  Social Security is going to want to know if the claimant had any earnings during that time. They will also want to know if someone else has been paying the claimant's rent or providing

That Should Just About Cover It

her food. If the claimant has an agreement to pay back any help someone has been providing, now would be the time to find a copy of that agreement to show to Social Security. This would also be the time to gather any records pertaining to any other benefits the claimant might be receiving. This would include workers compensation or longterm disability through work. 

Make Time Work For You

No one likes to wait, but by using the time efficiently, a claimant can take some of the frustration out of the dead-time. Being prepared means that once the ALJ does issue his decision, Social Security can pay benefits sooner.

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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