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How Long Does It Take to Get Approved for Disability?

How Long Does It Take to Get Approved for Disability?


If you are medically unable to work, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be a tremendous help. The monthly SSDI payments can ensure you and your loved ones are taken care of while you focus on your health. However, getting approved for SSDI payments isn’t an automatic process. Here are some ways to expedite the approval process and  how long you can expect your SSDI claim to take.

The Social Security Disability Claims Process

You begin your SSDI claims process by filling out an online disability report and application for benefits. You will then be assigned a case worker and must complete an hour-long interview to go over your paperwork. You’ll also have to collect all of your medical records and submit them to your case worker to review.

Once your records have been reviewed, you’ll receive a decision. While your claim could be approved the first time, don’t be surprised if it’s initially denied. Most claims aren’t immediately approved since SSDI is such a complicated process.

The Importance of a Social Security Disability Lawyer

To get ahead of a potential (and likely) SSDI claim denial, consult with an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer to get the following questions answered and more.

  • How long does an SSDI claim approval take?

You can expect to receive a decision three to five months after you first file your claim. However, that timeframe could vary depending on how long it takes to receive your medical records and other evidence.

  • How can I speed up the SSDI process?

There are a few ways to speed up the process to receive your benefits as soon as possible. While the SSDI application and disability report can be filed in-person, submitting them online gets them in your representative’s hands quicker. Submitting medical records as soon as you have them also saves time.

  • What if my SSDI claim gets denied?

If your claim is denied, consider hiring a Social Security Disability lLawyer to help you appeal the decision. A Social Security Disability lawyer will know the ins and outs of this complicated process and will ensure you have all the information needed to get your claim appealed and approved.

Experienced Missouri Social Security Disability Lawyers

The lawyers at Lanzotti & Rau are prepared to help you navigate the SSDI claims process to ensure you receive claim approval. If you want to learn more about our Social Security Disability legal services or how we handle our cases, call us today at 573-335-9300 to schedule a consultation.