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Social Security List of Conditions
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How Long Does It Take To Get SSDI If You Have To Appeal?
If you have to appeal your Social Security disability claim, it may take months or even years to get your disability benefits established. It all depends upon what level of the disability appeal process you are approved at.
If your initial disability claim is denied at the application level and you wish to pursue your claim, you have to file a reconsideration appeal.
The reconsideration is the first appeal that claimants may file and, as a course of action, it is far preferable to starting over with a new disability application that, in all likelihood, would simply be denied again.
Reconsideration appeals generally do not take very long to receive a decision. This is because they are basically just a review of the initial disability determination that was issued on the application. Barring any major errors on the part of the disability examiner who made your initial disability decision, or new medical evidence that would allow the disability examiner making your reconsideration appeal decision to overturn your initial disability decision, your reconsideration appeal will be denied.
The reconsideration appeal rate is poor; roughly about ten to fifteen percent of these appeals are approved. However, claimants who file reconsideration appeals should not be discouraged. Instead, they should just look at the reconsideration appeal as a necessary step toward requesting a hearing (which a claimant cannot request until they have gone through the reconsideration stage).
You need to file a request for an administrative law judge hearing if your reconsideration appeal is denied. The disability hearing provides the best opportunity for claimants who have been denied on their initial claim to be approved. However, it is also the disability level with the longest wait time for a decision. Most of the time that it takes to reach a disability hearing is caused by backlogs that plague most disability hearing offices across the nation. Some disability applicants wait twelve months or more for a hearing to even be scheduled.
There is always the possibility that your disability claim could be denied at the administrative law judge hearing as well. Some disability applicants find themselves using the disability appeal process more than one time and many have attended more than one disability hearing without winning their SSDI benefits. Having said that, though, the statistics indicate that forty percent of claimants who go to a disability hearing without a lawyer will be awarded their disability benefits, while over sixty percent of claimants who go to a disability hearing represented by a social security lawyer will be awarded their disability benefits.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria