Originally Posted by heiku
I have won my case in civil court after almost 6 years... however, I am now in a tough spot as my bf of 9 years has left me and I now live with married friends. I have written my attorney a dire need letter, and hope that I can skip the remand hearing with him and the alj.... I have opened a bank account to receive my backpay and am praying the money comes soon ... my question is how long will this take? I have not received the approval letter yet, and my case was won in civil court at the end of August.. should I expect to receive it soon?
Remand usually means the Appeals Council found an error with the ALJ's decision, but they're sending you back before an ALJ (could be the same one, could be a new one) for a second opportunity to argue your case.
Unless the language included "fully favorable decision", I don't believe you've won the war, just your latest battle. I may just be misunderstanding your post, but a call to your attorney for an explanation, might be a good idea at this point. It can take a long wait to get your ALJ hearing, so a dire need letter for an earlier court date is possible. But, don't rush it if you really need more time to successfully document the severity of your disability.