Those applying for Social Security disability benefits want to know when their claim will be decided. Since by definition a disabled person cannot work, the wait for a decision is a real struggle for most disability claimants. However, there are a couple of steps you can take to speed up the disability claim process.
First, when Social Security sends you forms to be completed, complete and return them right away. Many claims are delayed for weeks or months because the claimant is slow to return necessary paperwork.
Second, if you receive a denial letter from the SSA, contact a Social Security disability lawyer and appeal right away. Why wait? Although you are allowed 60 days to appeal, do it right away. Both an initial denial and a reconsideration denial must be appealed before getting to an ALJ hearing. That is two 60-day appeal periods. You can shave 4 months off your waiting period by acting promptly.