Q. How Long Will it Take to Start Receiving Social Security Disability Payments?

The time it takes to receive your Social Security Disability payments depends on whether your initial application is approved or denied. Once you file your initial application, it typically takes three (3) to five (5) months for the Disability Determination Services to make a decision on your claim. In some cases, more information may be needed about your medical condition, and the agency might refer you, at their expense, to a doctor or psychologist for further examination or testing.

In recent years, obtaining disability benefits has become increasingly challenging. According to Social Security Administration statistics, seven (7) out of ten (10) initial disability applications are denied.

Many applicants submit their initial application without the help of an attorney. However, if your initial application is denied, it’s advisable to seek the assistance of a Social Security disability attorney promptly. If you are in Asheville or Western North Carolina, you can reach the Law Office of David Gantt at 828-348-4107 or toll-free at 866-707-5355 for a free consultation. Timing is crucial because you have sixty (60) days from the denial of your initial application to file for reconsideration. During this process, you can provide additional medical records or other supporting information for your claim.

If your disability application is denied for a second time, you have the option to file a request for a hearing before an administrative trial judge.

Overall, from the time you submit your initial application for Social Security Disability, it may take three (3) years or more until you start receiving disability payments.