How long does the process take?

  • The hard truth is that, on average, it takes 1 to 2 years to get from the date of your initial application, to the date a decision is made by an Administrative Law Judge.
  • There is not much–other than sending as much clear medical evidence as possible—that can be done to speed the process along as it goes through multiple levels of bureaucracy as it moves along the system. Again, don’t get discouraged.
  • You may be one of the few lucky ones that gets an On The Record decision which means that, at one of the levels, someone within the Social Security Administration has determined that enough evidence exists to make a favorable decision without having go any further. This is good but it is fairly rare.

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