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How long does it take to get disability in Colorado?
The amount of time it takes to get a disability decision in Colorado is dependent on what level of the Social Security process your disability claim is at. If you are waiting on your initial disability claim decision, the average wait is about 75 days in Colorado. If your claim is not approved, you will have to move to the reconsideration appeal and that generally takes about 60 days for a decision...assuming, of course, that Colorado is still not what SSA categorized as a prototype state in which the reconsideration level of appeal was abolished.
As of the time of this writing, the news is that SSA plans to reinstate reconsideration appeals in Colorado. To learn more about the request for reconsideration appeal, view the following pages:
Reconsideration Appeal - what is it and how do you file for it?, What happens if a reconsideration for Social Security Disability or SSI is denied?, Do Most Social Security Disability Reconsiderations Get Turned Down?, Tips for filing a Social Security Disability Reconsideration, and Can disability claims be approved at the reconsideration appeal with an attorney?.
If your initial disability claim and reconsideration appeal are denied, your next appeal is a request for an administrative law judge disability hearing, or ALJ hearing. This is essentially a hearing where you are allowed to appear with or without a disability representative, who may or may not be an attorney. The judge at a hearing will review what has happened on your case previously, but will also allow you and your attorney or non-attorney representative to also present other medical evidence, particularly new medical evidence (which is vital since SSA will do no additional record gathering for your claim at the hearing level).
While this level of the process has the highest chance of being an approval for benefits, it is also has the longest wait for a disability decision in Colorado. The average wait time for a disability hearing is about 450 days in Colorado.
To learn more about hearings, view the following pages:
Guide to disability hearings, How long does a Social Security Disability hearing last?, Waiting for a Hearing to be Scheduled before an ALJ, Administrative Law Judge, , Social Security Disability Hearings - What is the ALJ, Winning at a Social Security Disability Hearing, Basic Facts about the Administrative Law Judge Social Security Disability Hearing, How Long Does It Take To Get The Results Of A Disability Hearing?, and Will a Social Security Judge give You an Immediate Decision at the Disability Hearing?.
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