Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits protect those who wind up sickened or injured and are therefore unable to continue working to support themselves and their families. Unfortunately, many people who need SSDI benefits may find themselves facing an initial denial of their applications.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) tends to err on the side of caution when reviewing applications, meaning that quite a few otherwise valid benefit claims get denied, necessitating an appeal by the applicants.

Appeals typically require a hearing, which will mean waiting many months for your SSDI benefits if your appeal is successful. Knowing how long you might need to wait if you must appeal a claim denial can help you make better budgetary decisions during the application process.

The SSA tracks during wait times for transparency

Only a few years ago, the average wait time for Social Security hearings hovered around the two-year mark in many metropolitan areas across the country. Thankfully, the wait time for hearings has gone down. Also, Wisconsin has relatively reasonable wait times when compared with many other states.

Applicants whose hearings will take place through the Milwaukee SSA office will likely wait 9.5 months for a hearing, while those waiting for a hearing through the Madison office will probably have a wait time of 10 months. While it can be difficult to wait for the better part of a year to get the benefits you need to manage your household, the good news is that if you appeal successfully, you can receive back pay for the benefits you did not receive while waiting.