How Long Does it Take for My SSDI (Social Security Disability) Claim to be Approved?

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.