What to Expect
- An award of benefits can take from 3 months to several years, with an average of approximately 24 months.
- Initial claims are denied 50-60% of the time. Subsequent appeals are denied 15-80% of the time depending on the level of appeal.
- Besides the initial application, you may be required to complete various reports including a disability report, function report, medication list, work activity report and various appeals documents. Proper completion of these forms is critical and may affect the outcome of your case.
- You may receive phone contacts from the Disability Determination Service requesting information or assistance to process your claim.
- SSA may schedule consulting medical examinations to decide your case.
- Written notices of a decision to deny or award benefits.
- Retroactive benefit payments and medical coverage when awarded.
We always recommend that you consult with an experienced professional before contacting SSA for your disability claim.