Q I applied for Social Security disability benefits months ago, and I don't know what is going on in my case. How long will it take to get a decision?
AApplying for Social Security benefits can be a long, drawn out process, with periods of waiting where it seems as if nothing is happening. Social Security has a big backlog of cases to review at the initial and reconsideration levels. Typically, people experience a four to six month wait to receive a decision at the initial and reconsideration stages. Once you request a hearing before an administrative law judge, it will take, on average, twelve to fifteen months for your hearing to schedule.