What Is The Wait Time For Social Security Disability Decisions?By Kenton Koszdin on September 28, 2018 | In Social Security Claims Process
One of the most frequent questions we are asked at Kenton Koszdin Law Office is: What is the wait time for Social Security disability decisions? Unfortunately, there is no simple answer due to the multitude of scenarios that can affect Social Security disability claims. There are some factors that you can influence; however, many others are completely out of your control. It is for this reason that you should include as much detail as possible on your application forms and provide all necessary supporting medical evidence.
Social Security disability claims must first go through processing before reaching the point where the application is considered. The SSA receives millions of applications in a given year, which means that the time it takes for applications to reach the decision-making stage of the process can vary.
Average Processing Time
When your application for Social Security disability is filed, the timeframe you are given is not usually an accurate reflection of how long it will take to get a decision on your claim. This estimate is based on average processing time, rather than a rigid start-to-finish rule. The timeframe of six months is widely considered the time it takes for a Social Security Disability claim to process; however, six months is the minimum time it takes to receive your first payment after being awarded benefits.
The reality is, Social Security disability claims in California are not subject to a deadline. You may have heard that claims must be decided within 90 days, which is actually the deadline for Medicaid claims – not SSDI benefit claims.
Realistic Processing Time
If you are among the fortunate percentage of Social Security disability benefit claimants who receive a relatively quick decision, you are still facing up to a four month waiting time. The decision-maker may also require further information in order to process your claim, which will have an impact on the time it takes for you to get an initial decision. If your claim is declined, you then need to consider the time it takes to go through the appeal process.
The best approach to take is ensuring that your initial application for Social Security disability is strong. You can do so by supporting the application with evidence of your disability that makes it easier to understand the challenges you face when working. It is important to think about work in general, rather than focusing on your usual occupation. The decision-maker may deny the application if he or she concludes that you are able to gain employment in another capacity.
Social Security Disability Attorney
If you would like to strengthen your case and improve the chances of a faster Social Security disability claim, you can consult with the experts from Kenton Koszdin Law office. We have a track record of helping clients navigate the difficult process of applying for or appealing disability claims. Call today and speak to a member of our team, so we can guide you on the best course of action for your circumstances.