You’ve worked hard and paid into the Social Security system, and if you are injured, you expect that system to return some of what you put in. After all, that’s how the program is set up. One thing many people don’t realize is that Social Security Disability insurance doesn’t always automatically payout, and if you get caught up in a hearing cycle, you can wait months or even years for payments.
The Social Security Administration can’t just approve all claims without looking into them, as that would pave the road for fraudulent claims. In fact, even with the review process, there are already people who try to take advantage of the system. And because of those bad seeds, the entire process is much more cumbersome than you might think.
Social security disability claims involve continuous reviews of your records, including both your employment and earnings history and your medical records. Both SSA workers and courts look at a variety of factors when making decisions regarding SSD insurance payments. First, there has to be evidence that you qualify for those payments because of a disability.
Even after you meet the qualifications for a physical or mental disability, in some cases, you have to meet certain earnings requirements to continue to receive your SSD insurance payments. For example, you might only be allowed to earn a certain amount each month or your benefits will be discontinued or reduced.
Keeping track of all this information can be tedious and difficult, and the SSA is not without errors. Once an error is made, it can seem impossible to get it corrected. Working with an experienced disability lawyer can help you face social security benefit hearings with more confidence.