It is not uncommon for Alabama residents to assume that when they need disability, all they need to do is apply with the Social Security Administration and wait for their benefits to come in. However, as we at the Law Offices of Clark, James, Hanlin & Hunt, LLC, are aware, the process of applying for disability benefits is not this simple. In fact, your claim is likely to be denied the first time you apply for benefits. You are entitled to appeal a denial, but the appeals process can be complex and involves specific steps and deadlines.
Whether you have already applied for SSDI benefits or you are getting ready to tackle the SSDI application, you may be waiting for a considerable time to receive a response. Some people have been waiting for more than a year to hear if their SSDI benefits have been approved or denied. The number of SSDI applications waiting to be processed by the Social Security Administration currently exceeds 900,000.
As an Alabama resident who currently receives disability benefits from the U.S. Social Security Administration, you may already know that your ability to continue to receive benefits depends on whether your disability is likely to ever improve, among other factors. At the Law Offices of Clark, James, Hanlin & Hunt, LLC, we understand that the government is considering granting the SSA access to the social media accounts of those receiving disability benefits in an effort to help reduce the number of Americans making fraudulent disability claims.
A recent report suggests that, compared to other large U.S. cities, Alabama’s major cities may be particularly challenging places to live for people with disabilities.