How long will a claim take to be approved?

The total process can take up to two to three years to complete depending on where in the process you are approved. 75% of are clients are approved at the hearing level, especially if you are under 50 years of age.

Initial Application Level

Initial applicants for Social Security disability will wait an average of 120 days to receive an answer, and only 35% of claimants will be approved.

Reconsideration Level

Claimants, who timely filed their appeals within 60 days of the receipt of the denial letter, will wait 90-120 days for a decision. Only 15% of claimants will receive good news.

Hearing Level

This is where patience and good representation pay off. Nationally claimants will wait an average of 15.5 months from the date of the appeal for a hearing to be held. In Central Ohio, claimants will wait up to 18 months from the date of the appeal for a hearing, but 38% will be awarded benefits without an attorney. Sarah Wolske has an average approval rating of 75% of the claims taken to hearing. For updated statistics in Ohio go to