Help For Disabled Persons
Start by carefully reviewing the process page on this site, where we’ve outlined every step in the process and the amount of time you can expect to wait for responses at each stage. You can also review the list of frequently-asked-questions, below, to learn even more. But rest assured—at every stage of this process, you are not alone. We’re here to help you, to guide you, and to listen to your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
However, the wait for a hearing is twelve to eighteen months. We understand that not working for so long negatively impacts your finances and quality of life and we sympathize. However, we must work within the process. At the Law Office of Jessica Dumas, we can ensure that your case proceeds in a timely manner by making sure all paperwork is submitted on time, your relevant medical records have been submitted, and that the legal basis for disability has been presented. Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration is not legally bound by any deadlines.
In some instances where the Request for Hearing has been filed, we can request an “On The Record” decision. This may result in a favorable decision. If not, it may shorten the wait time for a hearing. However, this depends on the facts of your case. We cannot request an “On The Record” decision without very strong evidence and treating physician support. If your case is at the hearing level and you are certain that your doctors are supportive, make a phone appointment to discuss this option with Jessica.
We are also permitted to request and “Expedited Hearing” in specific situations. If you are homeless or if you have received a foreclosure notice and are about to lose your home contact us to request an “Expedited Hearing”. We can also request an “Expedited Hearing” if your condition has been diagnosed as terminal. Again, if any of these circumstances apply to you please contact us immediately. Otherwise, we ask for your patience and trust that we are doing everything we can to advocate on your behalf and prepare for your day in court.
- By keeping us advised of any changes in your situation.
- By keeping your medical appointments.
- By keeping the faith that The Law Office of Jessica Dumas is working for you.