CONGRATULATIONS! You have finished the application process and have been approved. You went through the lengthy process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits, and are ready to receive all of your back pay and your first month’s benefit. Unfortunately, you might need to wait a little longer...
In general, most people who apply to get SSD will wait anywhere from 3 months to over two years for a final disability determination, but there are some instances called “Critical Cases” where the Social Security Administration will make an exception and expedite a case that could be approved in a matter of few weeks.
All in all, every case is different. Applicants with severe or life-limiting illnesses may get approved for benefits in a matter of weeks. Others who meet specific criteria for a condition may be approved with a couple of months. But in general, most people who apply to get SSD will wait anywhere from 12 months to over 2 years for a final disability determination.
Determining whether you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits can be a bit confusing.
The SSA provides a manual that lists all impairments, both physical and mental, that qualify for benefits to an individual who meets the specified criteria.