The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a very difficult job. Its workers must review applications from people in serious medical distress and determine who can and cannot theoretically return to work. The decisions they make can have a lasting impact on both the applicant and their family members.
Unfortunately, applicants who may be in immediate need of financial relief from the SSA because of a disabling medical condition will likely have to wait many months in order to even have a hearing regarding their claim for benefits.
Those who think they may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in the Hilliard, Ohio, area will benefit from learning about how long it will take for them to connect with the benefits they need after they apply for them.
Local applicants will likely go through the Columbus office
The closest Social Security Administration office that handles SSDI applications is the Columbus facility. According to data gathered by the SSA regarding the length of time that individual applicants wait for a hearing, the Columbus office averages a 14-month wait time. Although that’s better than the time in other areas, it is still a very long period.
That means that you will likely wait a year and two months before you have a hearing and receive a determination about the SSDI benefits you need after an injury or illness prevents you from working or caring for yourself. That long wait can mean going through many months of financial hardship and struggling with everything from your mortgage to your utilities.
However, if the SSA does approve your benefits, you will likely receive back pay, possibly all the way to the date of your initial application, which can help you recover from those months of financial hardship. People with severe and fatal conditions may also qualify for expedited processing of their claim in certain circumstances, which can help them connect with SSDI benefits sooner than they could if they had to wait for a hearing.
Applicants for SSDI may not receive expedited processing and can even face a denial of their initial claim, only to eventually secure benefits after an appeal and a hearing. The sooner you begin the process, the sooner your opportunity for a hearing will come.