Those who want to file for SSDI benefits often contact an attorney and say that they want to be on the fast track. They may have a friend who claims they know someone who told them that a family member hired a lawyer and got their benefits the next week. They are looking for that same sort of treatment.
The problem is that the Social Security Administration just does not work like that, and there is no fast track. The claims process takes time for everyone. It generally takes at least three months, and perhaps up to five — or more. Even the best attorney in the world cannot put you on some sort of advanced course and get your benefits far, far faster than the average. This just takes time.
One way it could be faster
There is one way that working with the right legal team could increase the speed of your claim: They could help you keep from making mistakes or overlooking anything.
For instance, many people send in their claims with technical errors. They fill out the forms incorrectly. They miss pages. They forget to send in all of the proper medical evidence. These are just a few of the many errors they make.
When these errors are made, the claim gets denied. It then has to be appealed. After all, the person usually has a valid claim, but the denial is technical.
In any case, having to go through the appeals process just makes everything take longer. You need to know what steps to take to avoid this. A professional who can help you ensure there are no errors or clear mistakes may help you skip this step.