In our last post we discussed one of the main issues that Portland area residents may encounter in filing for Social Security disability benefits. The issue we discussed was the delay that is often associated with the Social Security disability application process. Portland’s Social Security office is notorious for having some of the nation’s longest delays with applicants sometimes waiting years to receive benefits.
A multi-year wait for an applicant is extremely difficult because many disabled workers do not have the resources to hold out so long for benefits. That is why a Social Security disability attorney is essential to many applicants. A qualified Portland disability attorney will know how to properly prepare an application and uncover any inefficiencies and delays associated with the process.
It is often wise to file for benefits immediately upon suffering a severe injury that prevents you from returning to work. The initial application process can last at least six months. If a claim is denied then the application goes through what is called the reconsideration phase, which can take another six months. Finally if an administrative law judge is needed, it can take another 18 to 24 months to process a case. If a case has to be appealed to district court then an applicant has to wait longer.
An experienced disability attorney can work with a Social Security screener to request an exception for a case to be heard early. This can bypass the year-long wait period and help an injured or disabled Portland resident obtain benefits in a timely manner.
Source: The Tennessean, “Social Security disability office a boon for Middle Tennesseans,” Jim Allsup, Oct. 2, 2011