Once a claim for disability is filed, regardless of whether you have hired an attorney or not, there are certain things you can expect while awaiting the outcome of your claim.
First, there will be lots of paperwork. In order to determine if you are disabled, Social Security needs certain information that the claimant, and the claimant only, is in the best position to provide. This includes information about your past work – where you worked, how long you worked there, and, most importantly, what you did in those jobs; information about the pain you experience – where it is, how bad it is, what makes it better, what makes it worse, etc.; and what you can and cannot do because of your conditions. Further, with every appeal, Social Security requires updated information regarding your condition and treatment status, as well as any updates on your work if you have returned to work (even if that return was, ultimately, unsuccessful).
Second, Social Security has the request a consultative exam with a doctor of their choosing. This often happens when there is no recent medical treatment or there are conditions which are alleged on the disability application but for which a claimant is not receiving treatment. These include exams on both physical health conditions and mental health conditions.
Having over 40 years of experience practicing Social Security Disability, our office stands ready to help you through your claim at any level of the lengthy Social Security Disability process.