After months of waiting and hoping, receiving a rejection letter from the SSA over your disability claim can be extremely demoralizing. You spent countless hours filling out forms, copying paperwork, and making sure that every “i” was dotted and “t” was crossed and the only thing you have to show for it is a stack of bills waiting to be paid—but with what? You can’t work as much as you used to and since the diagnosis, there is more money going out than coming in. Disability was your only hope to stay afloat, but now that’s gone.
...or is it?
With experienced legal guidance and representation, your denial doesn’t have to be the end. You can appeal the decision and have a local Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) judge review your case. After a normal processing period, the judge will make his decision and hopefully overrule the SSA denial.
So how long must you wait again for an appeal? Where does your appeal wind up?
Massachusetts ODAR Location and Average Processing Periods
Although the headquarters of the ODAR is in Virginia, Massachusetts has a regional office in Boston that can handle your appeal. In addition to having all of the resources of the ODAR, it also has a 13 exceptional judges who can review your case and determine whether a reconsideration is needed.
One Bowdoin Square
Boston, MA 02114
However, although Boston is fortunate enough to have more than 10 appeal judges on site, turn-around time for appeals on a national level has been increasing over the past few years. According to the Social Security Administration, processing time for appeals has decreased overall since 2008, but is showing a steady increase since 2012. On average, you will wait close to 14 months for your appeal to be processed.
When your disability claim has been denied, make sure you don’t waste any more time getting the benefits you deserve. Contact us today and see how we can help facilitate your claim and get your case on the right track for approval. After all, a rejection doesn’t mean you’re out of options, just that you need a little more help. Let us help you get what you deserve, as quickly as possible. Call 508-283-5500 now!