How long is the waiting period to receive a decision whether or not I will receive Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits?
Unfortunately, obtaining your Social Security disability benefits can be a very long process. Also, the waiting period may depend on what part of the country you live. Many Social Security Administration (SSA) offices are experiencing a tremendous backlog of claims. Your disability claim may be won at the initial level in practically no time at all. On the other hand, it could take nearly two years from the time you request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).
On a national average, your initial disability claim could be decided in 3-4 months. Filing a “Request for Reconsideration” could take about the same amount of time. Furthermore, filing a “Request for Hearing” before an ALJ can be a very lengthy waiting period. Unfortunately, Indiana residents may find themselves waiting years before a hearing is held. Remember, stick with it, you may be due past due benefits if a favorable decision is reached.