When first meeting with a client, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is, “How long will it take?”
The answer isn’t necessarily as simple as one might think. Generally, when one applies for disability, it can take up to three-to-five months to get an initial decision – whether it be one granting or denying benefits. If denied, the next step is generally an appeal, called a Request for Reconsideration. It can then take another three-to-five months to get a decision, again whether it is one granting or denying benefits. If denied, the next step is to file a Request for a Hearing. The hearing is held in front of an Administrative Law Judge. However, it can take up to, and at times exceeding, twelve months to get a hearing. Thereafter, it can take another two-to-three months to get the judge’s decision. Of course with all these time frames, any particular case can take more or, if lucky enough, less time to get a decision.
The process is, as demonstrated above, long and can be very difficult to navigate. If you have any questions regarding your social security claim, our experienced attorneys stand by ready to assist you at any point during the Social Security process, from filing your initial application through representation at hearing. However, we would encourage contacting us as early in the process as possible to avoid any unnecessary delay in you claim.