Frequently Asked Questions: Applying
How long does it take for an initial application to be decided?
Initial applications for SSDI benefits will be decided upon by a “Disability Determination Service.” This is an agency managed by the state you live in, working on behalf of the Social Security Administration. Typically, they will make an initial decision about your claim within 3 to 6 months. In 2017, approximately 65% of all SSDI initial applications across the United States were rejected.
Other Applying FAQs:
- Can Citizens Disability help with my application?
- Does this process take as long as I’ve heard about?
- Can I receive both Medicare and Social Security disability benefits?
- Do I receive compensation while I wait for my approval?
- If I am denied, should I reapply?
- How long does it take for an initial application to be decided?
- What happens during the reconsideration stage?
- At which stage do I require an advocate?
- Should I give medical updates to the disability authorities throughout the appeals processes?
- Are there any costs to me during the appeals process?