So, how long does it take to get Disability anyway?

Some people get approved quickly for benefits. Others wait months, or even years.

As a general rule, the Social Security Administration says it takes three to five months to make a decision on your initial Disability application. The time frame depends on:

  • The nature of your Disability.
  • Whether the SSA received the necessary medical information from doctors and hospitals.
  • Whether it is necessary to send you for additional medical examinations.

Because there is no specific time frame, we encourage disabled individuals to file their Social Security Disability application as soon as possible. The sooner you file, the sooner you will receive a decision.

It’s important to point out that only 33 percent of applicants are awarded benefits at the initial application stage. The rest are denied, which leaves them facing a multi-step appeals process that will likely stretch many more months, or in some cases, years. Your chances for approval go up if you appeal, however, so don’t quit.

The Disability team at McDonald Law Firm can file your Disability application or appeal a denied Disability claim. We have helped thousands of people obtain Social Security Disability benefits, and we would be glad to assist you, too. Contact us today at 877-568-8413 or just fill out the form on this page. We are standing by, ready to help.

We hope you found this information helpful.  Please visit our Disability FAQs page to see other questions like, “How long does it take to get Disability?” 

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