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How Long Does a SSI Disability Claim Take

Posted on:4/30/2013
SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income. It is a need based program administered by the Social Security Administration for disabled persons with low income and low assets.


Adults who cannot work can apply for SSI disability benefits if they are disabled. Children suffering from medical conditions that severely limit or restrict their daily activities can also qualify for SSI. It is not a right. The applicant must prove that he or she is eligible to receive SSI payments.

 

You must file your SSI claim with the Social Security Administration. Generally, the application cant take a long time. For simple claims, the applicant may have to wait three to four months before he or she hears from the Social Security Administration. In case of complex medical condition, the Social Security Administration generally tends to wait for some time before taking a decision so that the applicant's medical condition and prognosis become clearer.

 

Generally majority of the SSI applicants get to know of the decision in 90 to 120 days. But there is no fixed time period and there have been a few cases wherein the applicant has had to wait for more than a year to hear about the decision from the Social Security Administration.

 

Often most applications are denied at the initial stage and the applicant must file an appeal. The entire appeal process can take more than 2 years. Some appeals take 3 years to be decided. You may have to wait over a year just to get a hearing before a social security disability judge.


  
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