Social Security Disability applicants are always wondering how long the process is going to take. Unfortunately, due to the massive amount of applicants, the process often takes quite a bit of time. Here is a general outline of the process applicants go through when they file for Social Security Disability:
Initial Application: Once an applicant files their initial application for Disability, the Social Security Administration will use the application to obtain medical records and other information to make an initial determination of whether the applicant is disabled. From my experience, applicants usually receive a decision from Social Security in roughly 3 months, but this waiting time can certainly vary depending on the case.
Request for Reconsideration: If an applicant is denied Disability on their initial application, they have the option to appeal this decision by making a request for reconsideration. At this stage, Social Security will update the information it has on the applicant and see if a mistake was made in denying the initial application. Again, applicants usually get a decision after about 3 months, but it will vary depending on the case.
Adding these numbers, you can see if a claim continues to get denied (which is common), a Disability applicant could be waiting more than two years for a hearing decision from the time they initially apply. Of course these numbers are estimates and can be higher or lower depending on the case and office. My best advice for applicants is to get started as soon as possible and to be patient. The Social Security Disability process can be long and frustrating, but the right attorney can ease some of these stresses and help the process move as efficiently as possible.
If you would like to discuss starting the Disability application process or would like to appeal a decision you received from Social Security, call me at 513-721-6111 for afree consultation!