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Factors that affect how Long it takes for A Social Security Decision Letter

There is no way to give an exact amount of time as to how long it will take to get your decision letter from Social Security. There are many factors that contribute to the length of time it takes to receive a decision letter on a claim for either Social security disability or SSI disability.

One of the biggest influences upon the length of time it takes to get your decision letter is the making of the decision itself. If your disability claim is denied, you will receive a decision letter as soon as your medical decision is made. But if you are approved for disability benefits your disability claim is sent back to your local Social Security office for final processing.

Why does this occur? Your local Social Security office may have to address issues such as 1. workman’s compensation offset (all disability applicants who received workman’s compensation benefits and/or settlements have some kind of offset to their disability benefits for some amount of time), 2. capability (some disability applicants are medically approved with the stipulation that they need someone to help them manage their disability benefits), and lastly 3. some disability claims require manual processing (these take more time because they cannot be processed through normal computer programs and require the claims representative to manually process them into pay status).

These factors and possibly others could delay your decision letter if you are approved.

Another factor that affects the time is takes to receive a decision letter for Social Security disability and SSI claims is the level of the disability process that your claim is at. If your disability claim is at the disability application level or the reconsideration appeal level, you may receive your decision notice in an average of thirty to ninety days, whereas if your disability claim is at the administrative law judge disability hearing level it could take months or even a year or more to receive your decision notice simply because of the longer wait time for the hearing itself.

Additionally, hearings are sent to payment centers for processing if they result in an approval for benefits, which can add more time on the length of time it takes for a decision letter.

Although there are a multitude of factors that might affect how long it takes to get decision letter, the length of time it takes to make the medical decision in initial claims and reconsiderations and the wait time for a disability hearing are the biggest factors.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
How long does it take to get a decision on Social Security disability or SSI?
How Long Does It Take To Get Disability Benefits When You First File?
How long will it take to start getting disability benefits after you have received an award notice?
How Long Can You Receive Social Security Disability Benefits?
How long does it take to appeal a disability case?
How long does it take for the disability decision in North Carolina?
How long does it take to receive North Carolina disability benefits after you are approved?
How Long Will It Take For A Decision Letter For Social Security Disability?
How do you find out how your disability claim is going and where it is in the process?

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