Understanding The Supplemental Security Income Process

The process of applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be long and complex. Most initial applications are denied. However, you should not give up hope. Our lawyers have a successful track record of helping SSI applicants receive the benefits they need and deserve upon appeal.

How Long Does The Supplemental Security Income Process Take?

The process of applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits can take longer than a year and may include the following steps:

  • Initial application: You initial application can be done online or by completing a form. Our lawyers can guide you through the process. If your application is not successful, our lawyers can request reconsideration of your claim.
  • Reconsideration: You have 60 days after your application is denied to request reconsideration. In reconsideration, your claim will be reviewed by Social Security employees who were not involved in your initial claim.
  • Disability hearing: If your claim is denied again at reconsideration, you have 60 days to request a hearing before an administrative law judge. It is important to have an attorney represent you at this hearing, as it is your first opportunity to appear in person before a judge. Our lawyers will gather your medical records and other evidence to provide to the court.
  • Advanced appeals: If your disability hearing is not successful, you can appeal to the Social Security Appeals Council and in federal court.

At Dale Buchanan & Associates, our lawyers have extensive experience with the Supplemental Security Income claims process. We offer a free initial consultation to answer your questions about applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Free Consultations For Clients Nationwide

To schedule your free consultation with a Supplemental Security Income lawyer at our firm, call 800-945-4950 or contact us by email.

We have offices in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, Jackson and Manchester, Tennessee. We also maintain an office in Florence, Alabama, and a satellite office in Rome, Georgia. We serve clients throughout the United States.