It seems only natural that Wausau would evolve from a lumber community into a major paper manufacturer. The name Wausau is seen all over the country on boxes filled with crisp white paper. Wausau and paper have been synonymous for nearly a century. Similarly, paper mill employees and hard-working individuals go hand-in-hand. However, every individual is susceptible to an accident, injury or mental health disorder that interferes with his or her ability to work. The Social Security disability program is in place to help hard-working individuals who can no longer help themselves by working.
Unfortunately, the Social Security disability process is lengthy. It typically takes 6 to 9 months for a decision on your initial application. Most initial claims are denied and proceed to the next level. Hiring an attorney lets you rest easy knowing that you are following the process correctly. Chewning Legal, LLC can assist you from the start or during the appeal process.
If you chose to appeal the denial, you must do so within 60 days. The second step in the process is called reconsideration. A different Social Security examiner will re-evaluate your claim. Chewning Legal can help develop your appeal by obtaining updated records and other evidence to strengthen your claim. Reconsideration decisions take another 6 to 9 months. Again, you have 60 days in which to appeal to the next stage should you be denied.
If you are denied again, your case will be scheduled for a hearing. Most claims proceed to the hearing stage. The hearing office in your area is located in downtown Wausau. Often the judges appear from Madison by video teleconference. Chewning Legal can provide the assistance you need at the hearing. We will again seek updated records and an opinion from your doctor whenever possible. Attorney Chewning will accompany you to the hearing and question both you and the vocational expert who will be present along with the judge. Unfortunately, the wait time for a hearing is over one year.
Again, most claims are denied at the first two levels of the claim. Hiring a law firm to represent you can make the process seem less daunting. With Attorney Chewning and the experienced staff at Chewning Legal, you will have the support and knowledge from years of experience. So, if you are suffering from a disability that will prevent you from earning a living for a year or more, you should not delay in calling Chewning Legal. Our staff can consult with you over the phone to help determine whether you qualify for disability. Call us today. (888) 836-3456.