Friday, April 14, 2006



How long does it take to get a decision on a Social Security Disability or SSI case?

How long a claim with the social security administration may take can have a direct bearing on an applicant's ability to survive financially while they wait on a decision letter. And for this reason, this is certainly one of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to social security disability and ssi disability applications.

And, unfortunately, the simplest and most honest answer is: there's no way to know. A disability application may take a few weeks (this rarely happens, but does happen on occasion) but, in most cases, will take a few months.

Typically, the social security office where a claimant files an application will inform the claimant that the initial application will take x number of days.

However, you have to keep in mind that the social security office does not actually process medical determinations on disability claims. In fact, when they cite (spout) certain time-frames for how long it will take to get a decision on a disability claim, they are only referring to average processing times.

In actuality, social security disability and ssi cases do not have deadlines (unlike medicaid cases which, by law, must be decided within 90 days from the date of an application).

So, when can you reasonably expect an answer on a disability application or on a disability appeal? In most cases, a person will receive an answer on either within four months, though it can significantly take more (or less) time to get a decision letter.


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