Getting Social Security Disability Benefits During the Pandemic
Getting approved for government benefits such as Social Security Disability benefits is never an easy process. It’s mostly a waiting game, which can be frustrating after a while. Seems like Americans have to wait for everything. Shoppers wait in line to pay for items at the store or fill up their cars with gas. Many have to wait on the phone for hours to deal with customer service issues. A lot of people are even still waiting for coronavirus stimulus checks.
Speaking of the coronavirus,the pandemic has increased the waiting time for people to receive Social Security Disability benefits. The average time is now 150 days, or five months. Also, many people are seeking benefits because they have the coronavirus. The virus has caused long-term health problems for many people. Even when a person has recovered from COVID-19, they can suffer organ damage, such as heart inflammation and lung damage. Many also suffer from long-term kidney damage and have to go on dialysis. Some experience chronic fatigue that affects their everyday lives.
When a person suffers from a chronic health condition that affects their ability to engage in steady work, they can apply for Social Security Disability benefits. However, they face an uphill battle as they deal with a backlog. While there is always a backlog, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to more claims for Social Security Disability benefits. As a result, this has added an extra 20-30 days onto the average wait time.
Complicating things even further is the fact that of those who apply for benefits, as many as two-thirds are denied the first time. This can cause even lengthier delays. Because of this, it’s a good idea to have an expert guide you through the process. There may be free or low-cost help available to you through community process. While you may want to save money, hiring a lawyer may be your best bet. They can help you fill out the forms properly and streamline the process so you can get your benefits much quicker.
In any case, make sure to do your research. Check for reviews before signing any contract. Plus, you should never assume that your Social Security Disability application is filled out properly. You may even want to have another family member look over your application before you submit it. The earlier you fix any mistakes, the quicker you can receive your benefits. And who doesn’t need money quickly nowadays?
Learn More About Social Security Disability Benefits
Social Security Disability benefits can be hard to get, especially during a pandemic. Many have been disabled by COVID, but they are facing long wait times. It may be many months before they get the help they desperately need.
Whether your claim has been denied or you just need help filling out the application, White Plains Social Security disability lawyer Michael Lawrence Varon can help. We will help you get the benefits you deserve. Schedule a free consultation by calling 914-294-2145 or filling out the online form.