Disability Time Frames
What are the Time Frames in the Social Security Disability Claim Process?
Unfortunately, the Social Security disability process isn’t usually quick and easy. There are a number of time frames and deadlines involved in each step of the process. Depending on your unique case, a Social Security disability claim can take quite a bit of time. These time factors all depend on if you get denied, what state you’re in, and other decisions. Here at Parmele Law, we have extensive experience working within the parameters of the disability process. We can help you determine your options.
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If you’ve been denied at the reconsideration stage, or if you live in a state that doesn’t use it, you’ll need to request a hearing from an administrative law judge. Often times, claims are denied at the reconsideration stage, so don’t be surprised if you end up at this step in the process. After you request a hearing, you can expect to wait an average of 12 to 18 months for a hearing date to be determined. You’ll have around a few months to prepare for your hearing, as the dates are usually scheduled well in advance.
This is a good time to utilize a Social Security disability lawyer. Coming before an administrative law judge on your own can be intimidating and stressful. A Social Security disability lawyer can help you determine how winnable your case is, and they can help you get through the hearing with minimal stress. After you have your hearing, you can expect to wait around 30 to 90 days to get your decision. Again, this is just an average time frame, not a hard number.
Finally, if you’re denied at this stage in the process, you’ll need to take it to the Appeals Council. If you reach this stage of the process, you can expect to wait at least a few months and sometimes more than a year, for the review, appeal, and determination to be made.