Q. Why Does it Take So Long to Get My Social Security Disability Application Approved?

A. Huge numbers of applications, changes in the disability program, and lack of adequate resources have combined to slow down the appeals process. Most applications are rejected twice before receiving a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge that is the decision maker that will actually interview and listen to the claimant. In 2004, the Commissioner of Social Security made aggressive moves to speed up the process with electronic filing, closed circuit television hearings, and other technology and staffing changes. Don’t lose hope because of long delays. If you are disabled for twelve (12) months or more, you will eventually be found to be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.