We all know Social Security benefits can take years to finally be approved. What if you don't have years? Surely Social Security has some method of dealing with this? Of course there is.
Social Security continually sends you forms asking you to tell them about all the work you’ve done for the past fifteen years. You’ve filled this out already and they want more information. Why do they care?
Marijuana laws are changing daily. Some states have legalized it, others have legalized it for medical reasons and still others have it outlawed entirely. How is Social Security treating marijuana use?
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?
When it comes to getting Social Security disability benefits, fibromyalgia is one of the more complicated conditions to have. A lot of this is because it had a bad reputation for a long time. For too long fibromyalgia had the reputation of a diagnosis that was given to hypochondriac women. This is tremendously unfair to a very real and very debilitating condition. Thankfully, this is changing. Social Security has enacted new regulations specifically about fibromyalgia that goes a long way towards remedying the situation.
So you've decided it's time to apply for Social Security disability. This is a hard decision and one that no one makes lightly. What steps should you take to make sure it goes as well as possible?
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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