Q: What if we never hear from Social Security?
My husband has congestive heart failure. He was diagnosed in 2009, and could've filed for disability then (he met the criteria), but was only 37. He wanted to work if he could. This year his symptoms grew worse and he had to stop. We filed for disability in August, SS had his medical records by Sept. and notified him that he wouldn't need a court hearing. Since then, we've heard absolutely nothing. We're "supposed" to hear something by Dec. 29, but are skeptical. What do we do if they never respond? I know we can get an attorney if we're denied, but what if we don't hear anything?
A: You can call the claims examiner for an update. Also, you can acquire attorney representation at the initial application level. You do not need to wait until you are denied.
A: If you filed in August of 2017, then it usually takes Social Security at least 120 days to render its initial decision. Usually, it takes that long for Social Security to send for and receive your medical records. If your claim is denied, then you should contact a lawyer such as myself for legal representation. Contact Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 for the status of your case.
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