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Persistence ‘pays’ off

“Tick…tick…tick…tick…” I’m not sure if this is the sound of time slowly wasting away, or that internal bomb about to detonate if Social Security doesn’t soon realize the legitimacy of your claim and pay you the benefits you need and deserve, but whether you are the former or the latter of the two you are not alone. If you have ever filed a Social Security disability claim, you are already aware of this, but if you are just getting ready to file this information may be very useful.

The average Social Security Disability claim takes anywhere from about 18 to 24 months. Many might ask themselves “why is it so difficult to get the money I am entitled to when I have worked my entire life and paid into a system that was supposed to be there to help me in times of need?” Let me share something I have learned through my experience working with Social Security Disability claims; Social Security is looking to “weed people out” and force people to just “go away”, and in their defense, I am sure there are those out there trying to take advantage of the system who are not really deserving of the assistance. I’m also sure many deserving people give up due to the amount of time a claim takes and the excessive required paperwork. Please don’t give in, we are here to help!

Denial rates at the Initial and Reconsideration levels of a claim are currently through the roof. In Arizona alone the chance of filing a claim, getting denied twice and having to file for a hearing is somewhere around 80%. If you go into your claim anticipating the first two denials it will make for a much less stressful journey. Please understand, the first two denials have nothing to do with the credibility of your claim. So, “Buckle up…it’s going to be a bumpy ride!” But don’t worry; we’ve got our steam roller ready to smooth out the kinks.