DOVER FOXCROFT, Maine – Almost six months ago, The Maine Journal published a story about a man twice denied for his Social Security Disability benefits. In a follow up interview, Maurice shared his progress with The Maine Journal. After obtaining a lawyer, who Maurice states, cannot believe that the Social Security Administration did not approve him before obtaining his services, Maurice shares that he is now waiting for his day in court and a positive outcome to what has been a very trying process. According to the previous report, Maurice’s process began in September of 2010. After being denied benefits twice and over a year and a half later, Maurice discusses what he has been through and gives his advice for others in similar situations.
According to the Social Security Administration’s website, when answering the question, “When should I apply [for benefits] and what information do I need?” they state the process can take “three to five months.” The Social Security Disability Help page, states “Reconsiderations make take another two months of processing time, while the wait for a hearing date in front of a judge can take more than two years.” Maurice stated that he has been rejected twice and is having a lawyer take the third appeal to a judge.
The help page also tells readers that, “Approximately 70% of Social Security Disability claims fail on the first attempt, so patience is required when filing a claim.” Maurice responded to this fact and felt that the numbers only show that the system is not working. In his recent interview, while it appears his patience is stretched thin by the procedures he must follow, Maurice is hopeful he will be through with this process soon and can begin receiving his benefits and move forward.
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