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Updated Social Security Disability Wait Times: Strategies for Success

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits takes time. Knowing the latest wait times can help you plan accordingly and manage expectations. Here's the current situation:


  • Initial Applications: It typically takes about 7 months to receive a decision on your first application.

  • Reconsiderations: If your initial application is denied, the appeals process adds an average wait of about 6 months.

  • Hearings: Depending on where you live and the judge assigned to your case, the time to get to a hearing is often over a year from the initial application date.

Key Takeaways:


  • Preparation is Key: Understanding the process and typical wait times allows you to make informed decisions and plan your finances during this period.

  • Build a Strong Case: The stronger your initial application, with solid medical evidence and clear documentation, the smoother the process might be.

  • Proactive Approach Works Best: Gather medical records and consult a Social Security Disability lawyer or advocate for guidance.

What can you do?


  • Apply Even with the Wait: If you're truly disabled and unable to work, don't hesitate to apply. The benefits are well worth it for those who qualify.

  • Stay Organized: Keep your documentation in order and update it with any new medical information.

  • Seek Support: Disability advocates and lawyers can help you navigate the system and make the process less overwhelming.

Remember: While wait times exist, getting your application started early and taking the right steps can increase your chances of a successful outcome.


Are you currently navigating the Social Security Disability process or just starting to gather information for filing a claim? ManleyReynolds is here and ready to answer any questions and help you decide your best course of action, which may not be filing a claim right away; as well as step in and represent you if you are ready to file or have already filed.


Give us a call at 833-438-7734. If you would prefer to text us for a callback, our text number is also 833-438-7734.



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