It commonly takes between three and five months to complete the application process for Social Security Disability benefits.
However, several factors can affect how long it takes to start receiving benefits.
From application to benefits
The main contributing factor to the speed of your SSD application is whether you receive approval or denial. It can take between 30 and 90 days to process the application. If you get all the proper documentation in quickly, you can speed up the process. If you receive a denial, you add the time it takes to go through the appeal process. It also depends on how many applications are on the backlog at the time.
Signs of possible denial
On average, approximately 30% of the millions of people who apply for SSD receive approval each year. Some common reasons for denial include:
- The applicant failed to follow through with a treatment plan designed by their doctor.
- The applicant failed to supply adequate medical records to prove a disability.
- The applicant failed to cooperate with the Social Security office’s request for medical exams and documentation.
- The applicant previously received a denial for an SSD application.
If the administration denies your application, it is typically better to file an appeal rather than submit a new application.
If your concern is getting benefits as quickly as possible, the best way to expedite the process is to provide all medical evidence and necessary documentation with your application. It will eliminate the need for the SSA to make requests that may delay your application or appeal.