Why Is My Disability Decision Taking So Long?

How long does it take to get disability approval letter?

3 to 6 monthsOn average, SSA disability processing time can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months.

You’ll usually receive your disability approval letter shortly afterward.

But in certain cases, this can take longer.

Some people even waited for years before they got their decision notice..

How do I know if I won my SSDI hearing?

In an ideal world, the ALJ would just tell you at the end of your hearing if you were going to be approved for disability benefits. And, occasionally, that does happen; a judge may tell you that your claim has been successful, and you can expect to receive a written decision after the hearing.

Why is my disability case taking so long?

If your Request for Reconsideration has been denied you’re about six to ten months into the Social Security Disability claims process, depending on how long it took you to file your appeal. … You should know that it can take a up to a year or more to have your hearing scheduled due to the SSA’s hearing backlog.

What does pending processing mean for disability?

It means that you were denied for SSDI benefits but your application is still being processed for SSI. SSDI and SSI have different technical requirements so if you are denied one, you may still be eligible for the other.

How will I be notified of disability decision?

If you win your claim for Social Security disability benefits or SSI disability, you will receive notification in writing from the Social Security Administration sometime after the approval has been made. Only if you’ve appealed your case and have been in front of a judge will you receive a Notice of Decision.

What are the medical conditions that qualify for quick determination of disability?

For adults, the medical conditions that qualify for SSDI or SSI include: Musculoskeletal problems, such as back conditions and other dysfunctions of the joints and bones. Senses and speech issues, such as vision and hearing loss. Respiratory illnesses, such as asthma and cystic fibrosis.

How many times can Social Security deny you?

Most get denied twice However, no rule guides this outcome, and the quality of the case evidence and the preparation of the case can make all the difference. Some individuals will be denied even at their hearing and the choice at that point will be to 1.

Do SSDI approvals take longer than denials?

But there did appear to be a difference in how long it took to get an approval or denial after a hearing. Those who were approved for benefits after a hearing waited an average of about seven weeks for the decision, while those who were denied waited almost ten weeks, on average.

What is the most approved disability?

According to one survey, multiple sclerosis and any type of cancer have the highest rate of approval at the initial stages of a disability application, hovering between 64-68%. Respiratory disorders and joint disease are second highest, at between 40-47%.

What does it mean when a medical decision has been made and we are working to process your decision?

What does it means, “A medical decision has been made and we are working to process your decision”? They are still deciding if the medical evidence prevents you from gainful employment of a year or more[2] which could lead to a denial.

Who decides if you get disability?

All Initial and Reconsideration filings are reviewed by Disability Examiners. Disability Examiners work for state agencies collectively referred to as Disability Determination Services (DDS). These examiners must determine the medical eligibility of disability claimants.

Who makes the final decision on Social Security disability?

If the DDS found that the claimant is disabled, SSA completes any outstanding non-disability development, computes the benefit amount, and begins paying benefits. If the claimant was found not to be disabled, the file is kept in the field office in case the claimant decides to appeal the determination.

What are the chances of winning a disability hearing?

Nationally, about 47 percent of all cases at the Hearing Level are won by claimants. Bear in mind, this percentage is for ALL claimants whether or not they were represented by a lawyer at the Hearing Level.

How do you know if your disability is going well?

There are two main ways that you can check the status of your claim:Online At www.ssa.gov.By Calling the SSA at a local SSA office or the main line.

What should you not tell a disability doctor?

Limit yourself to only talk about your condition and not opinions. Do not tell a disability doctor you think you are dying, that you think the examination is unnecessary, that you do not trust doctors, or that you believe your current medical treatment is not good.