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How long does it take to get a disability decision in Illinois?

If you speak to a claims rep at a local social security office (claims reps are the individuals who take social security disability, SSI, and retirement claim applications) how long it will take to get a decision for SSDI (social security disability insurance), they will typically give you an answer that reflects the current "average". And being an average, this answer will be accurate. But it will also be misleading.

Why? Because while a disability claim in Illinois may take, on average, 120 days to decide, not every case does. In fact, for some claimants, a decision on a case will be received within a month (disability cases like this tend to be in the minority, of course). Other cases will take the average amount of time to process. And others will drag on for six months, eight months, ten months, and, sometimes, even longer than a year.

Why do some disability cases take longer than others to arrive at a decision? There are several variables involved. However, most of the time, the amount of time it takes for the social security disability process to play itself out is directly related to how long it takes the disability examiner assigned to an SSDI or SSI case to get all of the medical records together.

For most disability claimants, it might be hard to believe that it could months to receive all the necessary medical records. However, this is the type of situation that disability examiners are not unaccustomed to. Resources:

1. How long does it take for Social Security Disability SSI?
2. How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
3. How long it takes to get disability
4. What determines how long it takes to get disability?

For this reason,it is very important for disability claimants to do the following:

1. Provide complete information regarding medical treatment sources when applying for social security disability or applying for SSI.

2. Keep the disability examiner assigned to the case updated on new treatment sources and recent dates of treatment. This should be done if the case is at the inital claim or reconsideration level. If the case has moved to the disability hearing level, a claimant should keep their disability attorney fully updated with regard to these areas.

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

Filing for disability in Illinois

Applying for disability in Illinois

How do you apply for Social Security Disability or SSI in Illinois

Filing for disability in Illinois, when to file

After you apply for Social Security Disability or SSI in Illinois

Are you automatically denied for SSDI or SSI in Illinois when you first apply?

Filing Illinois request for reconsideration after denied

Will I Qualify For Disability Benefits in Illinois?

Options after Social Security Disability is Denied in Illinois

Hiring a Qualified Disability Lawyer in Illinois

Do you need a lawyer for a Disability Claim in Illinois?

Disability attorneys, lawyers in Illinois

Choosing a Disability Attorney in Illinois

What will an Illinois disability attorney do?

Will hiring a disability attorney in Illinois get me a disability award?

Social Security Disability Representatives and help in Illinois

Social Security Claims and Disability Lawyers in Illinois

Illinois disability appeals

Filing a disability appeal in Illinois

Which disability appeal to file in Illinois

How many disability appeals do you get in Illinois?

Getting a Disability Appeal on time in Illinois

Eligibility, approvals, and qualifications in Illinois

How to Qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI in Illinois

Can a Specific Medical Problem get you Approved for Disability in Illinois?

Eligibility and Qualifications for Disability in Illinois

Can you get disability approved in Illinois at the reconsideration level?

Miscellaneous questions about SSD SSI in Illinois

Can you get disability in Illinois on your first try?

How many Social Security Disability and SSI cases get denied in Illinois?

Disability denial in Illinois, when to get a lawyer

Social Security Disability Waiting period in Illinois

Will I lose my SSDI SSI disability benefits in Illinois when my case is reviewed?

Illinois disability hearings

How to Prepare for a Disability Hearing in Illinois

Odds of disability approval in Illinois better at a hearing vs reconsideration

Illinois disability attorney representation after being denied

Illinois mental disability

Approved for disability in Illinois with a mental condition

Mental testing for an SSDI or SSI disability claim in Illinois

Filing for Disability with depression in Illinois

Illinois disability decisions

Who makes the SSD or SSI decision in Illinois

How long does it take to get a disability decision in Illinois?

What is the Social Security Disability decision making process in Illinois?

Illinois disability, working and work credits

Work credits in Illinois to be covered for Social Security disability

How to get your disability status in Illinois

If you get and receive disability benefits in Illinois, can you work?

Can you apply for social security disability or SSI in Illinois if you are working?

Illinois disability denials

Why is Social Security Disability and SSI Denied in Illinois?

Denied on a Disability Reconsideration in Illinois

Illinois Disability Claim was Denied, Should I Reapply?

Denied the second time for Social Security Disability in Illinois