Why is my disability decision taking so long?

The process of obtaining Social Security disability is notoriously long and complex. When you can't work and the bills are piling up, it can seem like there's no end in sight. So what is it that's taking so long? Well, there are two main steps in the determination process that can take the most time: the initial review and the appeal hearing.

Initial Review

To attain a medical disability decision, your claim most go through a very specific process. From the Social Security field office, your claim is forwarded to the state disability agency for a medical determination. You medical records must then be gathered from the sources you supplied on your disability application or during your disability interview. This can take a couple of months, and you may have to attend a consultative medical exam if your medical information is not current (within the past 90 days).

Appeal Hearing

The gathering of evidence and medical records can also impact the timeline of this process, but there's another larger hurdle specific to your hearing. There just aren't administrative judges to handle all of the disability appeals coming through the system in a timely manner. For this reason, it often takes a full year or longer get a hearing date scheduled.

Here's the good news. Broadway Law is on your side. Our insider consultants know how to expedite your claim and improve your odds of a speedy resolution.

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