How long will it take before my Social Security claim is approved?

Clients often ask, “how long will it take for my social security claim to be approved?”   The time frame to obtain a favorable outcome differs from case to case.  However, the process is lengthy for most clients.

Some clients’ disability cases are approved at the initial application level.  This usually occurs within 3 to 4 months of filing.

Other have their case approved after filing a request for reconsideration.  This usually takes 2 to 3 months after filing the request for reconsideration.

However, over 66% of claimants must go to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”).   It usually takes 16 to 18 months from the filing of the request for hearing before a hearing is scheduled on a case.  But do not despair!  According to the Social Security’s Office’s most recent statistics, a little over half of those cases that go before the ALJ are approved.

As you can see, the time frame varies greatly from case to case and can take up to 24 months.

If you have filed your Social Security Disability application and been denied, contact us  now for a free initial consultation to see if your denial should be appealed.

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