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How long will it take to receive your SSDI benefits?

On Behalf of | Feb 23, 2021 | Social Security Disability

Social security disability insurance is designed to help those who suffer from a condition or disability that makes it difficult for them to make a living. Whether you were injured on the job and suffer long-term effects, or you were diagnosed with a serious condition, you may be able to apply for these benefits in Missouri or throughout the United States. 

Once you submit your application to the Social Security Administration, however, it may take some time to receive a decision as to whether you qualify for benefits. During this time, many people suffer from lack of finances and have trouble making ends meet. 

What is the current backlog?

According to the SSA, it can take anywhere from 120 days to over 500 to receive an approval or denial on your SSDI application. If your case is denied, you are able to appeal the decision. Yet, there are currently over 410,000 people waiting for a denial hearing. 

In the meantime, it can be difficult to make ends meet. People are unable to work due to their disability or condition, and are unable to receive benefits to help them maintain a normal lifestyle. Many people have to file for bankruptcy while waiting for the SSA. A surprising number of people passed away from their condition, all while waiting for benefits. 

What is the Compassionate Allowances Program?

The SSA developed a program that will help streamline the process for those who have been diagnosed with certain cancers and chronic disorders. The Compassionate Allowances Program helps people who have been diagnosed with these conditions, as it marks their applications and helps send them through the approval process.