|An application for Social Security Disability can take from 8 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 10th District have experienced over the past few years:
Initial Processing - 8 to 16 weeks
- Some cases are approved in this first step. If your case is denied at this level, you are encouraged to request Reconsideration.
Reconsideration level - 4 to 10 months additional
- 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 - 12 to 20 months additional
- An Administrative Law Judge will hear your claim at this level. It usually takes 12 to 20 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 request a review by the Appeals Council.
Appeals Council - 24 to 36 months additional
- If your claim is not approved by the Appeals Council, your only option is to file a lawsuit in federal court if you want to continue your claim.