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After filing an SSD or SSI disability appeal, how long for a decision?



 
If your SSI or SSDI is denied, you will have to pursue your disability through the Social Security appeal process. The amount of time that it will take to get a decision on your appeal changes with each level of the disability appeal process.

The first appeal is a reconsideration appeal, this appeal is sent back to the same disability agency that made your initial disability decision. The reconsideration appeal is simply a review of the initial disability determination on the SSDI or SSI claim; the only difference is that another disability specialist makes the decision. Unless you have included new medical evidence that meets the criteria for an approval or the initial specialist made an error it is likely that the initial decision will be upheld.

Generally, reconsideration appeals take about 60 days for a decision. If you are not approved with your reconsideration (most are not), you have to file a request for a disability hearing with an administrative law judge, or ALJ.



There is no way to estimate how long it will take you to get a decision at this level as wait times for disability hearings vary across the nation. One thing that can be said is that no matter where you live you are most likely looking at a year, or more, in total waiting time for your hearing to be scheduled.

Social Security is trying to mitigate long wait times by remanding some cases with a likelihood of a fully favorable decision back to the original disability agency for a decision. If your disability case is remanded, it will significantly reduce your wait time for a decision. However, if your disability case does not involve a clear approval, you will most likely have to wait for your actual disability hearing.

In summary, the disability appeal process can be a lengthy process that has no guarantee of approval. However, if you are not able to work due to your disability you have no real choice but to pursue disability through the appeal process.















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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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