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Factors that influence application decision timelines

When a North Carolina disability case is sent to an examiner, there is no timetable in which the case must be approved or denied. However, this doesn’t mean that a lengthy review process is the result of someone being lazy or holding a grudge against an applicant. Instead, the most important factor in how long it takes to make a determination is how long it takes to access relevant medical records.

Individuals may be able to speed up the review of their case by submitting full medical records as well as their doctor’s contact information. If an examiner needs more information, an applicant can take action to obtain and transfer records themselves instead of waiting for a medical office to do so. Those who experience pain at work and just had surgery may need to wait until the effectiveness of the procedure can be determined before a case is approved or denied.

It is important to know that examiners are evaluated for their ability to close cases in a timely manner. In fact, it is one of the goals of those involved to resolve cases as quickly as possible. However, this cannot be done unless it is verified that a person is entitled to benefits.

To obtain a favorable outcome in a disability benefits case, it may be a good idea to consult with a lawyer or another representative. Doing so may make it easier to fill out paperwork or send in documents in a timely manner. It might also increase the chances that an individual sends the proper medical records and other contact information as part of a original application. This may help an examiner come to a faster conclusion and allow a person to access benefits sooner.

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