How Long Do Social Security Disability Cases Take From Start to Finish?

Have you ever been in a situation where you suddenly got injured? Let’s say, for example, you were just in a car accident, someone T-Boned your vehicle out of nowhere. Thankfully, you survived but left the accident with many injuries, one of which is a broken hand. You are a graphic designer, you use both hands to create your designs on your computer every day and with one arm out of commission for a while, your job would be difficult if not impossible. This injury or physical disability is keeping you from doing the job you used to do. You may have grounds for a social security disability case. The best thing for you to do in this situation is to apply, but see a Social Security Disability attorney in Camdenton and Lebanon, MO, first, ask questions and get a feel for what you can do to increase your chances of getting approved. Call Deputy and Mizell today at 573-346-9990. Your first consultation is free and we are here to help. Keep reading this week’s blog to learn more about the process of applying for social security disability and how long it may take. Get a feel for this process beforehand so that you are prepared.


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How Long Do Social Security Disability Cases Take From Start to Finish?

Step 1. File an initial application
Once you apply, it typically takes 90 to 120 days for the Social Security Administration to review your claim and either approve or deny your application. It is important to remember that approximately only 30 percent of Social Security disability applications are approved at this stage. If you are approved, you will begin receiving disability benefits.

Step 2. If denied, request for reconsideration
If your initial claim is denied, you have 60 days to file a Request for Reconsideration in which the Social Security Administration will review your application again. This process takes approximately three to six months.

Step 3. If still denied, request a hearing level
If your Request for Reconsideration is denied again, you must then appeal and request a disability hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. This stage of the appeals process can last a year or more. Oftentimes claimants will have to wait approximately two years before they have their hearing. After the hearing, you will either receive a favorable decision, a partially favorable decision, or an unfavorable decision within six months

Step 4. If you don’t agree with the decision, bring it to the Appeals Council
If you do not agree with the Administrative Law Judge’s decision at the hearing level, you have the right to the appeal that decision with the Appeals Council. The review by the Appeals Council usually takes between six months to one year until completion. It is important to remember fewer than five percent of Social Security Disability cases are won at this stage of the appeals process.

Step 5. If denied by the Appeals Council, appeal to the Federal District Court
If your claim is denied by the Appeals Council, you may appeal your case to the Federal District Court. The Federal District Court may approve or deny your claim for Social Security Disability benefits or they may send your case back to Social Security Administration for further review.

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Social Security Disability Attorney, Derek Brown of Deputy and Mizell is determined to get you a WIN. Not only does he fight incredibly hard for all his clients, but his sincere and kind manner does not go unnoticed. You likely have a ton of questions. You can comfortable asking Derek all of them. Understanding what you are getting into fully can make this process so much easier on yourself. Remember, if your Social Security Disability claim gets turned DOWN, call Derek BROWN. He can be reached at 573-346-9990  .



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