How Long Does It Take to Get Social Security Disability in Louisiana?

How Long Does It Take to Get Social Security Disability
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    This Is What to Expect When You Apply for Social Security Disability

    If an injury or medical condition is preventing you from working, Social Security Disability benefits could help you regain some financial stability, but how long does it take to get disability benefits?

    It can take months. Sometimes longer.

    The problem is, your bills don’t wait. Health care visits, medications, and therapy aren’t cheap. You probably had medical insurance through your employer, but that could be gone now.

    If you can get through the process and get approved for Social Security Disability, you would receive:

    • Monthly checks
    • Access to Medicare or Medicaid
    • Relief from some of this stress

    When dealing with such a time-consuming and confusing system, you should have someone experienced by your side to handle it right.

    The New Orleans, Metairie, and Louisiana disability attorneys from Empower Disability can take care of your disability application for you—and make sure you’re cared for throughout the process.

    When you’re overwhelmed by the system, we lift you up.

    How Long Will It Take Social Security to Answer My Application for Disability Benefits?

    How Long Will It Take Social Security to Answer My Application for Disability Benefits?

    After you submit your initial application for Social Security Disability benefits, you’ll have to wait for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to make a determination of whether you qualify.

    These are the timelines for this first step:

    • 3 to 5 months: Social Security says this is the national average wait time.
    • 6 to 8 months: In our disability lawyers’ experience, it can often take this long.

    When the SSA receives your application, this is what they do:

    1. Verify non-medical eligibility requirements (age, employment, marital status, Social Security coverage).
    2. Obtain evidence from your own medical sources. If this evidence is insufficient or unavailable, they may ask for a consultative examination to obtain additional information.
    3. If your application is approved, they will calculate the benefit amount and begin paying benefits.
    4. If your application is denied: They will hang on to your file in case you decide to appeal their determination.

    The time it takes the SSA to determine your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits can vary, depending on whether they encounter any obstacles or delays at any step during their process.

    An experienced Louisiana disability attorney can help you navigate the complex, bureaucratic Social Security Disability system.

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    Disability Reconsideration: How Long Does it Take if They Deny My Benefits Application?

    Disability Reconsideration: How Long Does it Take if They Deny My Benefits Application?

    If the SSA denies your initial application for Social Security Disability benefits—which they do in more than two-thirds of cases—you have the right to appeal their decision.

    This is what happens:

    • You have up to 60 days to file a “Request for Reconsideration.” Social Security will look at all of the evidence submitted for the original decision plus any new evidence you send. A Request for Reconsideration is a second look at your case by someone new who did not take part in the first decision.
    • This step could take several more months. An experienced Louisiana disability attorney can help you submit new evidence to support your case on reconsideration.

    If the SSA denies your application again on reconsideration, you can then request a hearing in front of a disability judge.

    We’ll cover that next.

    If you’re ready to talk to a Louisiana disability lawyer about your case now, get in touch with Empower Disability.

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    Disability Appeals: How Long Will It Take to Get A Hearing With A Disability Judge?

    If you receive a denial letter after reconsideration, you again have up to 60 days to file for a hearing.

    How long it takes to get a hearing varies by state. In Louisiana, numbers from late 2022 show it taking less time than the national average. According to the SSA’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review:

    • The average wait time for a hearing in Louisiana was 10.5 months (11.8 months nationally).
    • The average case processing time from first application, to a hearing, to receiving disability income was 395 days in Louisiana (418 days nationally).

    When it’s going to take this long, it’s best to get started as soon as possible.

    There’s another big reason to start your application quickly: When you get approved, you get back pay to compensate you for the time you spent waiting on benefits.

    So if you can’t work because of bad health, now is the time to seek help from an experienced disability attorney. We can guide you through the process and help you avoid unnecessary delays.

    Call Empower Disability in Metairie, Kenner, New Orleans, Chalmette, Gretna, Marrero, Houma, the Northshore, Amite and Hammond. If you’re anywhere in the New Orleans area or you’re a Louisiana resident and you need disability benefits, call Empower Disability.

    Being limited by health problems and forced off work makes you feel powerless. No matter how long it takes, we’re here to empower you.

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    Are you just starting to look into disability benefits? Do you need to file an application? Have you already filed and been denied? No matter where you are, Empower Disability can help.

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    Get Answers to Your Disability Benefits Questions

    The Social Security Disability system can seem cold, complicated and uncaring. You’ll have a lot of questions but not always fast answers. At Empower Disability, taking care of you is our mission. We’ve prepared answers to some of the most frequent disability benefits questions.

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