Social Security Disability Definitions
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
The Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial
Social Security Disability and SSI Denials
Social Security Disability and SSI Appeals
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Disability Benefits offered through Social Security
Benefits through SSI disability
Disability Benefits for Children
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify
Social Security Disability and Working
Winning your Disability Benefits
Social Security Disability Back Pay Benefits
Social Security Disability SSI Awards and Award Notices
Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney
Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
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How Long Does It Usually Take To Get Social Security Disability After I see Their Medical Examiner?
Unfortunately, there is no direct correlation between when a person attends their consultative examination with a Social Security physician and when they get their disability. Consultative examinations are scheduled by disability examiners to get current medical information for a person who either has no medical records, or has older medical records but none that are considered current.
The only other situation that might require a consultative medical examination would be if the disability examiner needed clarification of the severity of an individual’s condition. Generally, consultative examinations that are for clarification purposes are scheduled with a specialist (i.e. neurologist, orthopedist, etc).
Once an individual has gone to their consultative examination, their disability decision will be made shortly thereafter. The disability decision can be an approval or denial, consequently the mere attendance of an examination with a Social Security medical examiner does not mean that an individual is guaranteed their disability benefits.
In fact, the vast majority of disability applicants who attend a consultative examination will be denied disability benefits, simply because most initial disability claims are denied whether the applicant is sent to a consultative examination or not.
The question might be better stated as “How long does it usually take to get a disability decision after I see their medical examiner?” Social Security consultative examination physicians have thirty days to give their report to Social Security. Once the medical examination report is received, the disability examiner can make their medical disability decision.
Remember this decision does not have to be an approval, so it does not mean there is a specific time frame for an individual to get disability after attending one of the examinations.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria