|An application for Social Security Disability can take from 6 weeks to several years to handle, depending on a variety of factors.
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|The times below are merely estimates, but represent what people in the 34th District have experienced over the past few years:
Initial Processing - 6 to 8 weeks
Some cases are approved in this first step. If your case is denied at this level, you are encouraged to apply for Reconsideration.
Reconsideration - 6 to 8 weeks
Like the Initial Processing, this is all done through paperwork. If your case is denied here, you are encouraged to request a hearing in front of an Administration Law Judge.
Hearings and Appeals - 9 to 12 months
An Administrative Law Judge will hear your claim at this level. It usually takes 9 to 12 months to get a hearing. It can take a few months longer to get a decision. You may want to get an attorney or other qualified individual to help represent you in your hearing. If you are denied at this level, you can appeal your case to the Appeals Council.
Appeals Council - 24 to 36 months
If your claim is not approved by the Appeals Council, your only option is to file a lawsuit if you want to continue your claim.