How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

How long will it take my SSD or SSI disability claim to be approved?

This is a question that many individuals who are suffering from significant health conditions have to ask when they are considering filing for disability. Most often, individuals who are filing for disability are looking at a period of time in which they have no income and are unable to work.

The simple answer to this question would be there is no set time frame to get approved for disability. Each disability claim is as unique as the individuals who file them.

If a person has a medical condition that is expected to end in death, the disability claim is expedited, and they may have their approval in less than a month. Individuals with any one of the 226 medical impairments that qualify as a compassionate allowance (CAL) condition will quickly be approved for disability benefits.

If the above two situations do not apply, a person may still be approved in one to three months if they have a condition that meets or equals any of the Social Security Disability Impairment listings, or their physical or mental limitations are so severe that they prevent any kind of work. Basically, if a person can be approved on their initial claim i.e. disability application, it will not take long to be approved.

Many individuals will experience longer wait times if their initial disability claim is denied. If a disability claim is denied, the applicant has one choice and that is to file an appeal of the denial.

The first appeal is a reconsideration appeal that generally takes a couple of months but rarely ends in a reversal of the initial denial. If the reconsideration appeal is denied, the applicant has to file a request for an administrative law judge disability hearing appeal.

This level of the disability process results in the most approvals for disability benefits; however, it is also the longest wait time for decision. Most applicants are waiting twelve to twenty four months for a hearing across the nation.

And, of course, if a disability applicant is not approved at any level of the disability process they will have to file a new claim and begin the process again.

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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

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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?
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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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