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How Long Does It Take To Get Social Security Disability Benefits in 2023?

How long does it take before I can get Social Security Disability benefits?


The wait times for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims can vary depending on a variety of factors, including the complexity of the claim and the workload of the Social Security Administration (SSA) office in a particular state. However, in general, there are three main stages in the SSDI application process, each of which can contribute to wait times:

  1. Initial Application: The first stage of the SSDI application process involves submitting an initial application to the SSA. The average wait time for a decision on an initial application in 2023 is around 9-12 months, although it may take longer.

  2. Reconsideration: If an initial application is denied, the next stage involves requesting a reconsideration of the decision. The average wait time for a decision on a reconsideration is also around 9-12 months.

  3. Hearing: If a reconsideration is denied, the next stage involves requesting a hearing before an administrative law judge. The wait time for a hearing can vary widely depending on the backlog of cases in a particular region. According to the SSA, the average wait time for a hearing in 2021 was around 9-11 months.

It's important to note that these wait times are averages, and the actual wait time for an individual's claim may be longer or shorter depending on a variety of factors. In some cases, it may be possible to expedite the SSDI application process if an individual's condition is considered to be a "compassionate allowance" by the SSA, which means that it is a condition that is so severe that it clearly meets the SSA's criteria for disability.

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