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How long does it take to get a Social Security Disability hearing?


Many times I get asked, “how long does it take to get a hearing on my Social Security Disability case?”

Unfortunately, the Social Security Disability process can be a long one.  There are generally 3 steps in the process to get Social Security Disability:

1-Application (you can do this in person at your local Social Security office, online at or by phone with your local social security office)

2-Request for Reconsideration-this is the first appeal if you receive a denial letter on your initial application

3-Request for Hearing-this is the second appeal, if you receive a denial letter on the request for reconsideration.  The current average waiting time to get a hearing with a Social Security administrative law judge, who will make an independent decision on your disability application after hearing your testimony, is approximately 18 months from the time you request a hearing.  However, this is the step in the process when most people get approved for disability.

Teresa E. Harvey

If you find yourself in the position of needing an attorney, please contact Teresa E. Harvey at 601-948-8005, or visit our website at Teresa is an associate attorney for Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. that handles the CG Law Group, P.A. area of the firm. CG Law Group, P. A., is an affiliated firm of Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. that was formed by the founding members of Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. to meet the growing needs of the firm’s clients without compromising the attorney’s abilities to focus on a particular area of law.  Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. is able to give top rate competent service to people who have been injured, while the affiliated CG Law Group, P.A. is able to meet the other legal needs of injured people like estate and chancery work, social security disability, and discrimination cases.  Together, we strive to assure that our client’s rights are upheld and that their best interests are served.

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