In many cases, it can take months, or even a year or longer, to receive a final decision on whether your social security claim has been accepted or denied. Everyone wants to receive a decision as quickly as possible. Knowing what steps and actions you can take to help speed up the decision process is important. Here are a few of the steps that you may need or want to take to speed up the decision time frame for your social security claim.
Ensure All Paperwork is Completed Properly
One of the best ways to speed up the decision for your social security claim is to ensure that all paperwork is properly completed. Go over the forms multiple times to ensure that you signed and dated everything you needed to, and that you answered every question. If you forget to check even one box, all of the paperwork can be kicked back to you and your wait time starts all over again.
Do Not Wait to Submit Requested Documents
After reviewing your social security application, the social security office may request that you submit certain documents. This may include specific medical reports, more medical documentation than what was completed, or a more detailed employment history. While you will be given a time frame in which you must submit the documents by, it is always recommended that you submit all documents as quickly as you can without delaying.
Request an On the Record Review
One of the lesser known ways to speed up a decision on your social security claim is to request an on the record review, or an OTR. You waive the ALJ hearing, and instead allow an administrative law judge to review your file and make a decision on your case. This should only be done if you are positive that there is more than enough documentation to show you are disabled beyond a reasonable doubt.
Prove You Have a Dire Need for a Decision
Lastly, if you have a dire need, such as being unable to pay your medical bills, being unable to afford food or medications, or being at risk of being evicted or foreclosed upon, you can submit a letter to your local Office of Hearings Operations. If they deem that you are in dire need, they can fast track a hearing, which can help you to get a decision faster.
If you are filing for social security or appealing a social security denial, you may want to consider hiring a social security disability lawyer. A social security disability lawyer can ensure that your paperwork is properly filled out, that all requested documents are submitted and can request special hearings or requests based on the nature of your disability and your current financial situation. If you need help with social security, contact one of the local disability lawyers today.