The typical disability application takes 2-3 years. However, there are many things you may be able to do to increase your chances of a fair decision a lot earlier in the process. While there are no guarantees in this world, and it does not work in all cases, many of our readers have found that by taking steps to improve their applications at the very beginning, they were able to get approved in 6 months or less.
Can A Doctor Help Me Get Approved More Quickly?
Yes. If you have the right kind doctor and the right kind of medical documentation right from the beginning, there is a much better chance you can get approved the first time you apply.
- How to Find a Doctor to Help with Documentation
- How to Work with Your Doctor to Get Great Documentation
- “I Cannot Get to the Doctor”
Can I Help Myself Get Approved More Quickly?
Yes. This page has a detailed list of things you can do before applying (or just after applying) to help make sure Social Security has everything they need to make the right decision
- Ten Steps to Increase Your Chances of a Quick Approval
- Plus Fifty More Ways to Improve Your Application!
Can Friends or Family Help Me Get Approved More Quickly?
Sometimes. Many of our readers report that they got their best help from friends or family for a new application.
Can A Lawyer Help Me Get Approved More Quickly?
Probably not. Lawyers can be great, and they can help get your paperwork done, but most lawyers do not do much to improve your chances in the first 1-2 years. Magnolia used to work at Social Security making decisions about disability applications. This was her experience:
Can a Social Worker or Case Worker Help Me Get Approved More Quickly?
Maybe. Social Workers can help you fill out and submit the basic forms, but many Social Workers are not trained in techniques to improve disability case. However, there are special forms you can bring your Social Worker that can help:
Can Anyone Else Help Me Get Approved More Quickly?
If you are homeless or at risk, see if the SOAR is in your area. Most SOAR programs work with people who have a diagnosis of serious mental illness. SOAR is a special program just for disability applications. They do amazing work and help many people approved quickly.
Should I Hire a Lawyer? Where Can I Find a Good One?
Some of our readers chose to hire lawyers from the very beginning. Others wait until they at the hearing stage. Some lawyers will not accept clients until after they have been denied. If you would like to hire a lawyer, there is no charge upfront:
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🌷 How I Got Approved for Disability QUICKLY – Super smart stories from super smart readers who took super smart steps to get approved super quick:
🌷 How to Request Reconsideration – Sometimes someone does everything perfectly, and still gets denied. Often because records went lost or missing or got dismissed or overlooked. Don’t worry, if this happens, you get a second chance!
🌷 How and Where to Apply for Disability – How to get started.
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🌷 Page Updated: 8/1/19
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