If you have been unable to work and are waiting for social security disability benefits, you may worry about how long the process will take. Unfortunately, unlike the Social Services program, the disability program does not have set deadlines for appeals or the application process. Some disability claims are processed in as little as 30 days, and some can take up to two years.
A few factors can affect the wait time you experience:
- The severity and type of disability.
If your disability is severe and on the SSA List of Impairments, you may have less time to wait. Quite, simply, it may be easier to prove a catastrophic and recognized condition will affect your ability to return to work, and there is less likely to be a difference of opinion between doctors, making it easier to prove your claim. If you have a severe and obvious condition, you may also qualify for one of the expedited disability benefit programs, which can save you time, as well.
- You submit a claim promptly and correctly.
It is important to submit your claim quickly — as soon as you are eligible — and to provide the correct paperwork. Any missing documents or honest errors can result in delays. If you are struggling to submit a claim, consider working with a disability claims attorney. An attorney with experience in SSI and disability claims understands the deadlines and knows how to submit claims proving your eligibility.
- You are not denied.
A first claim can take an average of three to four months. If you are denied, the first appeals process can take an average of another three to four months. If you need to appeal again before an administrative law judge, the process can take six to 18 months, depending on the backlog of cases.
Time is of the essence when you are waiting for benefits. If you have been denied or need support with your disability claim, contact the attorneys at KBG Injury Law for a consultation.