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How long will it take to be approved for disability if I have lupus?

This is a fairly common question that gets routinely asked by claimants filing a claim for disability with lupus, and who are wondering about the Lupus disability requirements.

It would be impossible to say how long a person will have to wait to be approved for disability. Why? Simply because every claim is as unique as the individual who is filing for disability.

Social Security Disability is a total disability claim and as such it is often difficult to be approved with an initial disability claim, especially if you are a younger individual. For example, if you are not able to meet the criteria of the lupus impairment listing the only way you can be approved is a medical vocational allowance. Unfortunately, the medical vocational rules used for these allowances are geared toward older individuals.

Consequently, most individuals who apply for disability on the basis of lupus or any other condition for that matter are initially denied. Currently, disability statistics indicate that fewer than 30 percent of the initial claims are approved. Generally it takes at an average of ninety days or more for the initial disability decision. If your disability claim is denied you will have to use the Social Security Disability appeal process.

Related: How does Social Security consider lupus as a disability?

The next level in most states is the reconsideration appeal. This appeal produces very few disability approvals; in fact, fewer than 15 percent of the reconsideration appeals will result in a reversal of the original application denial. Having to go through the reconsideration appeal will usually add an average of 60 days to the wait for disability benefits.

If you are reconsideration appeal is denied, you can appeal that denial decision by filing a request for an administrative law judge hearing. While this will be your best chance to be approved for disability, it also has the longest wait.

Average wait times across the country are eighteen months or longer. An average of 40% will be approved for disability benefits at their hearing.

If you are denied by the ALJ, or administrative law judge, you can appeal their decision by filing an Appeals Council Review appeal. Or, you can file a new disability claim to begin the process again. Your representative should be able to advice you as to the best path for you to take, as you cannot file for both.

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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.

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