How Long Will It Take To Get Benefits

The amount of time it will take you to obtain Social Security disability benefits depends on a number of factors.

Your location in the United States affects how long it will take you to obtain Social Security disability benefits.

In your city, county, or state, the location of your local Social Security Administration office affects the amount of time it takes to process a claim.

For example, Maryland residents, who use the Columbia, Belair North, Benson Avenue, Abingdon, or West Road offices of the Social Security Administration will usually wait longer to have a claim processed than people who use the Owings Mills office.

Generally, once you file all the documents necessary to process your initial application for Social Security disability benefits, the Social Security Administration will mail you a Notice of Decision within 120 days.

If your initial application for Social Security disability benefits is denied, you have 60 days to file an appeal, also known as a Request for Reconsideration.

Once you file all the necessary documents to process your Request for Reconsideration, the Social Security Administration will take approximately four to six months to process your appeal.

However, if your documents are lost, which happens more often you might imagine, or if your local Social Security Administration is under staffed, which is quite common, you may wait significantly longer for a Notice of Decision on your Request for Reconsideration.

If your Request for Reconsideration is denied, you have 60 days to appeal the decision. This appeal is called a Request for Hearing by Administrative Law Judge.

Depending on the part of the country in which you are located, your wait to have a hearing scheduled and receive a decision from an Administrative Law Judge may be 20 to 30 months.

If you need assistance with your claim for Social Security disability benefits, or representation at a hearing in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Virginia, or West Virginia, contact Levian Legal (800) 701-4945, or (410) 433-4040.