It can seem like forever waiting on a decision.
The Typical Waiting Period
Your Initial Application is sent to the Florida Office of Disability Determination Services (DDS), a state agency the Social Security Administration (SSA) hired to review and decide every Initial Application. DDS then requests copies of your medical records from all medical providers you listed.
After your medical records are received and reviewed, a decision is made. The wait typically is three to four months.
What You Should Do While Waiting For A Decision
- Continue to get medical care;
- Tell your medical providers about your symptoms and how they limit your ability to function every day;
- Tell your medical providers about any side effects you are having with your medication.
DDS and SSA are looking for consistency in your medical records. It is important that at each doctors visit, your medical records document your symptoms and how they impact your daily activities. Don’t exaggerate. Simply tell your medical providers the problems you have lifting, standing, sitting, walking, bending, stooping and reaching. For example, walking the aisles of your grocery store you might need to hold your cart for support; maybe you couldn’t lift a gallon of milk into your cart.
Waiting and Waiting on A Decision
Waiting for a life-changing decision can be maddening. Then, after all the waiting, odds are your Initial Application will be denied, more than 66% are. You’ll have to reapply to the DDS with a Request for Reconsideration; of the Iniitial applicants denied, 52% gave up and did not file a Request for Reconsideration.
Don’t give up. If you fight for your benefits at the Request for Reconsideration and Hearing stages, statistics show that you are more likely to get your Social Security Disability benefits.
Never, Never Give Up!
Patience is required. If you are denied, it’s time to get help from Social Security Attorney Nancy L. Cavey, who can help you get the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.
If you get a Notice of Denial, call Nancy L. Cavey for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn how you can get your benefits. She doesn’t get paid an attorney fee unless she wins your case. And if she wins, the Social Security Administration determines her attorney’s fee. That fee is paid out of the past due benefits you are awarded.