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How long does it take to get a decision from Social Security?

When someone decides to apply for social security disability, time is of the essence. They are applying because they are no longer able to work due to their medical conditions. And, while the process can be lengthy, the expenses for housing and food are constant.

When an application is filed with social security for disability benefits, there is usually a 30-60 day wait for a determination. Approximately 66% of initial applications are denied. The next step is to file a Request for Reconsideration, which is determined within another 30-60 days. Unfortunately, 85% of requests for reconsideration are also denied by the Social Security Administration.

After a Request for Reconsideration is denied, the next step is to file a Request for Hearing. Over 50% of Social Security hearings are successful, but there is a long wait for your day in court. Currently, the wait time for a hearing date is approximately 18 months.

There are exceptions to this procedure for individuals who have been diagnosed with terminal conditions, but most Social Security cases can take up to 2 years before reaching a conclusion. This process is lengthy and complicated, and it is helpful for an attorney to guide you through the process.