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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.

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

Related pages:

How does a person get approved for disability benefits?
Getting SSDI or SSI disability approved
How often does someone get disability approved in just a few months?
What medical conditions get you approved for disability?
Process and criteria to get approved for disability?
Why does it take so long to wait for a disability hearing
Can You Get Disability If You Do Not Take Medication Or Go To a Doctor?

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?