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How long does it take for Social Security disability appeals?
It should be noted that reconsideration appeal decisions are often made very quickly. This is because most of the case development that was done on the initial application for disability is very recent. The medical records, as well, are also most likely very recent. And, in cases where the claimant has not been back to see one of their doctors it may be that there are no additional medical records to evaluate. So, while a decision on an initial claim will average 90-120 days, a reconsideration appeal decision is often completed in less than half that amount of time.
In cases where no additional medical treatment has been indicated by the claimant, and the evidence that was previously submitted for the application level is beginning to "age out" (become older than 60 days), it may be that the reconsideration examiner will need to schedule a consultative medical exam. In other cases, it may be that the reconsideration appeal will be done very quickly with no real purpose other than to verify that the first examiner who worked on the disability application made a valid decision that does not need to be overturned.
Regarding reconsideration approval-denial statistics, to be more specific, in a recent year (according to data provided by the Social Security Administration), approximately 16 percent of SSDI (Social Security Disability insurance) cases were approved at the reconsideration level, while only 11 percent of SSI disability cases were approved. Nationally, about 15 percent of reconsideration appeals are typically approved. In general, reconsiderations have a fairly low rate of approval.
And it is for this reason that their primary utility value is in simply getting through this step so that a disability hearing may be requested.
For more, see How long does a Social Security Disability appeal take?.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
What Are The Reasons For Social Security Disability Cases Being Denied?
How Likely are You to Win Your Disability Case?
Social Security Disability Claims and Medical Exams
Answering questions at a Social Security Medical exam
Does Social Security approve a disability application the first time?
Tips for Social Security Disability Psychological and mental testing
What to say at a Social Security medical exam
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.
Do I need an attorney to win disability?
How Long Does It Take To Go Before A Judge For Disability?
Will a Judge give you an Immediate Decision at the Disability Hearing?
What happens when you go to a disability hearing?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical conditions
Social Security Disability lawyer fee
Can a lawyer or attorney speed up my disability case?
When can I expect my first disability check and my back pay check?
Going to a medical exam for Social Security Disability or SSI
Filing for disability - How to file the disability application
Do you need a lawyer to file for disability?
How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?
Can you get temporary Social Security disability or SSI benefits?
The Social Security Disability Award Letter
Social Security Disability SSI Eligibility Requirements
How Many Times Will you be denied before You Get Approved for Disability?
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
How to Prove disability and qualify to win benefits
How to speed up the disability process
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes
What should you say if you go to a Social Security Exam?
Maximum back pay you can get from Social Security Disability or SSI
How to qualify for disability
What is the Social Security Disability List of Impairments?
What is considered a disability by Social Security?
How Long Does A Social Security Disability Appeal Take?
How does back pay for Social Security disability work?
Your Social Security Disability Status
How do you find out if a disability claim has been approved or denied?
How to check Social Security Disability Status
Applying for disability, what medical conditions can you apply for?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
How much does disability pay?
Can I get permanent Social Security Disability or SSI?
How long will it take to get a disability decision letter?
Social Security Disability and SSI Medical Exams
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
How Long to get a Disability Hearing decision?
How long to get disability benefits after you receive an award notice?
Social Security Disability and Working
What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?
How To Get Disability Through SSDI or SSI Approved
How Much Income Can A Person Earn If He Draws Social Security Disability?
Partial disability benefits from Social Security
Can I Qualify For Disability for Depression?