Claim Process

The Social Security Administration offers two particular disability benefits. You may apply for Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). We handle both applications. The following provides you with a timeline of the general claim process.

Application Level

  • Up to 9 months for determination
  • 60 days to file an appeal if desired

Reconsideration Level

  • Up to 9 months for redetermination
  • 60 days to file an appeal if desired

Hearing Level

  • Approximately a year for a hearing date
  • 60 days to file an appeal if desired

Appeals Council Level

  • Up to 2 years for a decision or action
  • 60 days to file a civil action in Federal District Court

Federal District Court Level

  • Up to 2 years for judgment/decision
  • 60 days to file an appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals level

  • 2-3 years for a judgment/decision
  • Last forum of appeal for Social Security Disability Cases except for rare cases which may go the United States Supreme Court