One of the most common questions I get regarding pending Social Security Disability claims is, "how long will this take?" As with any easy question like this one, the answer is highly dependent on several factors. In other words, there is no one answer to give an individual asking this simple question. Less than 1/3 of applicants are successful at the application level when applying for Social Security Disability/SSI benefits. In Ohio, if you are in the majority your denial must be appealed and you must request "reconsideration". The reconsideration process is similar to the application process and your application and supporting documentation is reviewed by another individual who will make a determination. If your reconsideration is denied, that decision must be appealed and you must request a Hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. At the hearing you will have an opportunity to again present your case only this time it will be in front of a Administrative Law Judge who is not bound by any prior decision regarding your disability. After that decision is made, you again have an opportunity to appeal a negative decision. However, by the time you get your claim in front of an Administrative Law Judge you have more than likely already invested at least a year in the process. If your claim goes beyond the ALJ Hearing you are likely going to invest at least another year in the process. The Social Security Administration has taken notice and is actively trying to reduce the amount of time in each step of the process. If you have recently been denied Social Security Disability or SSI benefits we can be reached at 937.339.3939 and appointments are usually available within 24 hours of your call.
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