How long do Social Security Disability and SSI initial claims take in the state of Georgia? Apparently, a long time
I came across this tidbit on the blog run by Attorney Jonathan Ginsberg. As he puts it, initial claims are currently taking 8-10 months to process in Georgia. Not good to hear. Of course, if anyone would know how long disability applications take in Georgia, it would be an attorney or non-attorney rep who practices there.
Actually, though, this reminds me. I spoke to another attorney in georgia, in the atlanta area, several months ago. And, come to think of it, he said something very similar.
This is exactly why, of course, I mention on my website that you should never believe the SSA claims rep (the person who takes your application) that you will receive a decision in 120 days. Yes, it may happen in that span of time. It may happen sooner. But...it may happen substantially later.
So, by all means, do not make any financial plans based on what your local social security field or district office tells you. Because they just don't know. And even the examiner who processes your case at whatever state agency is used by SSA to make medical determations (usually, the state agency is known as DDS, or disability determination services) won't know when he/she will be done with a particular case---until the day the case is finished.
How many social security disability or ssi claims are won at the initial level in Georgia? According to federal statistics (from fiscal year 2003), only 28.2% of initial disability claims were won. At the first appeal step, the stats were even more dismal: only 12.3% of cases were won. Both statistics for the state of georgia were lower than the national average.
If you live in Georgia, should you get really depressed over this? Not really. As I mentioned in a prior post, at the hearing level (this is a national statistic), social security disability claimants with representation have a 63.6% chance of winning benefits (without representation, the figure drops to 40.1%).
So, if you get denied on a claim, don't give up. APPEAL. And if you get denied again, file another appeal and get your case before a judge.
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