Arizona finally allowed same sex partners to marry today. It's a wonderful and long-awaited day in our state's history. Now comes the question, how does it affect your Social Security payments?
Congratulations! You got your disability benefits! Everything is great from here, right? Social Security would be pretty irresponsible if they never checked up on you again. Conditions change and people get better. Social Security does regular continuing disability reviews to make sure people are still disabled. When you are found disabled, your file is set for review at either six months, a year, two years or seven years. It really just depends on your condition and whether it's the sort of condition one would expect to improve. Social Security just allocated lots of money to catch up on continuing disability reviews, so don't be surprised if your case comes up for review soon.
When a new client calls, I always tell them that it can take two years or more to get approved for Social Security disability benefits. Sometimes people get through faster, but it's always better to assume that it's going to take a long time. The question remains, why does it take so long?
Social Security usually sends applicants to one of their doctors for exams when people first apply for disability and during the first appeal. Everyone likes to think that if they just say a secret word or have a secret handshake their disability will be approved. For better or worse it doesn’t work like that. But there are a few tips you keep in mind when going to one of these consultative exams. We’ve already discussed mental exams, so let’s talk about physical exams.
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