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 is it to receive disability benefits after you apply?

There is truly is no set amount of time to start receiving benefits after applying for disability. Processing time is affected by the facts of each disability claim. And, of course, it really depends on whether a person is approved after applying for disability, or if they are eventually approved after A) being denied for disability, and B) filing one or more disability appeals.

How long does each step take? There is no easy answer to the question because not every case is the same, and Social Security does not have deadlines for how long a case will take. Having said that, there is a very strong emphasis on getting decisions made as quickly as possible. In fact, disability examiners who make decisions on claims are rated on how quickly they can get cases processed to a decision.

In general, a disability application will usually have a decision made in 90 to 120 days. If the disability application is denied and a reconsideration appeal is filed, that decision may take another 30-90 days. And if a hearing by an ALJ (administrative law judge) is needed, the wait will be nothing short of extreme. Getting a hearing date can easily take at least a year. And, of course, if a person is approved by a judge at a disability hearing, it can still take a number of weeks or months for a payment center to get a person’s benefits started.

Are there faster ways to get disability (see How can you speed up a Social Security Disability case? and Can a disability attorney speed up my disability case? By What Methods?)? Potentially, yes. If your case seems to be taking too long, you can contact your congressman to have a congressional inquiry done. This can sometimes speed things up a bit. Also, if you have a medical condition that is one of the conditions on the compassionate allowance list (currently, there are 226 of these), your case may be expedited.

Other ways to have a case speeded up, or expedited, is by having them identified for QDD, or quick disability determination, processing. This is done by an automated algorithm to identify disability cases that have conditions and other factors likely to lead to a quick disability approval.

Finally, if you have a terminal condition, Social Security has the goal of making a decision in the claim in under 30 days.

Essential Questions

What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?

Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?

How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?

Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

Receiving a Disability Award Letter

Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability

Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

Applying for disability in your state

Most popular topics on SSDRC.com

Social Security Disability SSI Questions

The listings, list of disabling impairments

Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?

Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials

How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?

How to apply for disability for a child or children

Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application

Filing for disability - when to file

How to apply for disability - where to apply

Qualifications for disability benefits

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits

Qualifying for Disability - The Process

How to get disability for depression

Getting disability for fibromyalgia

SSI disability for children with ADHD

What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?

Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips

More Social Security Disability SSI Questions

Social Security Disability SSI definitions

What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?

New and featured pages on SSDRC.com

Who can help me file for disability?

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After applying for disability
Financial Help When You Are Filing For Disabilit
Will I qualify after applying for disability?
When should you file for disability?
Applying for disability tips
Filing a second disability claim

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?
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 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?

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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