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?
If you can do one good thing for your Social Security case it's this - appeal your case! Too many people think that if they are denied for benefits, that's it! The truth is that there are lots of appeals for Social Security. Depending on the office and where you are in the country, anywhere from 60 to 90% are denied the first time around. It doesn't mean much of anything about your case. Social Security counts on the fact that a lot of people will just give up and go away. It doesn't mean you're not disabled and that they won't find you disabled eventually.
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