- Feb 3, 2020
I hired an attorney at the start of the process. They get 25% of my back pay no matter when you hire them so it is not going to cost any more having them on board from the start. My initial application was in July. Denial in November. Now the reconsideration which will be filed by the end of December. That takes 3 to 5 months so probably in April. 87% of reconsiderations are denied.@KimOct, your first appeal may take 6 months. The reason it takes a year is because it takes them 6 months for them to reply, which is often denied, and then you hire an attorney to take you through your second appeal, which will take another 6 months. Had I gone to my attorney first, it may have only taken 6 months. But that's just a guess.
So in April file for an appeal in court. In Minnesota the waiting time for a court hearing is on average 8 months. So best guess at my hearing date would be December 2021. 81% of appeals that end up in court in Minnesota are approved. My attorney is doing it on a contingency basis so they must like my chances. When approved it would take about 2 months to receive payments and another 2 months for the lump sum of back pay. So in short this will drag out until February of 2022.
That sounds like forever. You may see me standing by a stop light holding a sign.
The only reason I am sharing this personal information is that it is and will be affecting my mood so I wanted people to understand why I may be depressed from time to time. Hopefully the cancer news next week will be good and also some stimulus money will happen after the inauguration.