How Long Will It Take To Obtain Disability Benefits?

Unfortunately, it seems that you face the greatest delays when you need the money the most. The Social Security Disability process is no different. It can be a frustrating, confusing and time-consuming process. We encourage you to contact an attorney who can explain the process and educate you on the challenges you might face.

At Ronald E. Smith, P.C., we understand the stress that comes from a lengthy denial and appeals process. We have extensive experience providing legal advice and representation to individuals as they attempt to navigate the Social Security Disability process.

Factors That Affect The Process

When exploring the possibility of filing for disability, "How long will it take?" is the most common question that people ask. Unfortunately, there is no succinct answer. There are three stages that people most often must go through to ultimately receive benefits and they each have their own duration.

  • Initial application: Typically takes three to five months for a decision
  • Request for reconsideration: Typically takes two to three months for a decision
  • Administrative law judge (ALJ) hearing: Can take up to one year for a hearing to be scheduled

It is wise to seek the counsel of an experienced attorney if you have been denied benefits. We can fully examine your situation and your paperwork to determine if you should pursue the process through the other stages. Don't lose hope, however, as the vast majority of initial applications are rejected. We can guide you through this process from start to finish.

We Are Here To Help When You Need It The Most

We have the skill, experience and resources you can depend on throughout every step of your claim. Contact our firm in Fairfax, Virginia, today to put our experience to work for you. Use our online contact form or call 703-539-5825 for a free and convenient phone consultation with a lawyer.

Our SSDI lawyers work on a contingent-fee basis based on your successful settlement, which means you do not pay us unless we obtain your benefits.