When you are struggling financially and are applying for long-term disability, the process can seem like it takes forever. However, there are several ways that you can speed the process along. If you're not sure about the options that are available to you, it's a good idea to consult with a long-term disability attorney.
Submit Medical Records With Your Application
Your application will be processed more quickly if you provide medical information along with it. The medical records play a large role in your case and your claim might be denied for insufficient records. Even if your claim is not denied for insufficient records, it is more likely to be delayed.
You will want to list in detail all the sources of your medical treatment. This will include all the doctors who have been treating you. An attorney will help you gather together evidence you will need to make sure that your claim is approved more quickly.
Fortunately, you can contact your doctor to request your medical records. If you are having a hard time obtaining your medical records from your doctor, you should consider getting another doctor and also getting a lawyer.
Keep Up With Your Application
When you contact the SSA, you will increase the odds that your claim will be processed more quickly. This might be done simply so the examiner does not have to answer as many phone calls. Also, if there was paperwork that was not received, you can discover this and promptly solve the problem.
Even if your initial application is not approved, you will still have more opportunities to receive long-term disability benefits. An attorney can step you through the process of filing your request for reconsideration.
Obtain an Earlier Hearing Date
A hearing occurs after you have been denied a second time when applying for SSDI benefits. At the hearing, you have a much greater chance of having your benefits approved. However, at this point, you will have waited a long time to receive your benefits.
If you write a dire letter need when appealing a SSDI claim denial, you may be able to obtain a hearing date more quickly. You will need to explain that the normal amount of time that you would need to wait would place you in a dire financial situation. For example, if you are facing foreclosure, you may use this as a reason to have the process expedited.