How long does is take to get approval or denial for Social Security disability claims?

Really, we'll be talking about three primary stages: the initial application, reconsideration, and the hearing stage. At the initial application, it typically takes the Social Security Administration about three or four months to come up with a decision once they reviewed all your medical records to see if you qualify for that benefit. At the reconsideration stage, if you need to file an appeal, that typically takes about one or two months to get a decision. Finally, if you have to go to a hearing before a judge, it can take up to a year or two to get to the judge and receive a final decision.