Many individuals in Colorado and elsewhere rely on their ability to maintain a job to make a living. When a medical condition disrupts one’s ability to perform the duties of a job, he or she could choose to pursue relief by applying for Social Security disability. However, aside from being stressful and daunting, the process of pursuing benefits can also be lengthy, which may leave many facing significant financial hardships while awaiting a decision.
After suffering a third heart attack, a man in another state filed for benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance. According to his wife, he was also in cardiac arrest for over an hour, and suffered severe memory loss and was no longer able to return to his previous place of employment. However, he was denied benefits twice and passed away during the long wait to appear before a judge to appeal the most recent decision.
The waiting period for a decision for either an initial application or an appeal may differ depending on the area. However, in some areas, individuals are forced to wait more than 12 months to receive a decision, and this wait doesn’t guarantee approval. During this period, many remain unable to maintain gainful employment, which could leave them facing substantial financial hardships.
Applying for or appealing a decision regarding Social Security disability can be a stressful and daunting experience. Those in need of financial relief due to a disability could benefit from consulting with an experienced attorney in Colorado for assistance in navigating the process. An attorney can address the client’s situation and assist him or her in pursuing the full amount of benefits available.
Source: star-telegram.com, “Her husband filed for disability after a 3rd heart attack. He died waiting for an answer“, Jeff Caplan, Dec. 6, 2017