The length of time for a social security disability claim to be approved could be anywhere between 2 months to 2 years. There are several factors that affect the timeline.
- The nature of your disability;
- If you must be scheduled for a medical examination in order to obtain additional evidence to support your claim
- How quickly you can send in medical evidence from your doctors or medical providers
- Also, if your claim is flagged for a quality assurance review, it may delay things further.
Five month waiting period
In addition to the above points, there is also a five month waiting period before you will receive any sort of disability payment. This ensures that individuals filing for SSDI actually have a long-term disability. Social Security disability benefits will be paid only after you have been disabled continuously throughout a period of five full calendar months, and the waiting period will not be reimbursed.