How long will it take to get a decision on my claim?

It generally takes between 3-6 months for a decision to be made on your initial application. If your claim is denied, it could take much longer to resolve your appeals. However, there are a few ways to try to move the process along faster.

If your claim is denied, and your appeal goes to a hearing before an administrative law judge, the Social Security Administration says the average time it will take to process your claim is 353 days, or nearly a year. (As recently as 2008, the average processing time was 514 days.)  Much of that time is spent waiting for your hearing to take place.

The SSA recently discussed its efforts to reduce its backlog of hearings and cut the waiting time for the processing of disability claims. Please also see our page on What To Expect at Your Disability Hearing to learn more about what will likely occur once your hearing is scheduled.

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