One of the big problems for people applying for Social Security Disability benefits is the amount of time it takes for their applications to be processed. According to the Social Security Administration, processing a SSD application can take anywhere from three to five months. Many initial applications are denied, and applicants will have to file an appeal, which can take even more time. Fortunately, there are a few things Georgia disability applicants can do to have their applications processed as quickly as possible.
The best way to have your application processed sooner rather than later is to provide the SSA with any and all necessary information. In addition to basic documents and information about you (e.g. name, Social Security number, birth certificate, most recent W-2 form), the SSA will need detailed information about your work and medical history.
The disability examiner reviewing your Social Security Disability application will need a thorough account of your past jobs, including dates of employment and your job responsibilities in those positions. First, the examiner needs to make sure that you have accumulated the requisite number of work credits to qualify for disability benefits. The examiner will also have to determine whether your disability prevents you from going back to a job you previously held. Then, the examiner will look at whether your disability prevents you from transfer job skills from your prior jobs to another job.
The medical information you provide must give the SSA a complete picture of your disability. The examiner will want complete medical records from the doctors who treated you and the hospitals where you received treatment. The examiner will also require lab and test results and information about the medications you take.
In addition to providing all necessary information, it is important for you to keep up with your case by calling for status updates and quickly responding to any requests for information. A Social Security disability attorney in your area can help you get an approval for benefits as soon as possible.