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How long will it take to get a decision on SSD or SSI after a medical examination?

"How long is the wait to get an answer after you've had your comprehensive physical exam I haven't had mine yet I have one in two weeks I'm so nervous about it I'm not sure what to be prepared for."

Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to know. When you go to a CE (consultative medical exam conducted by a private practice doctor) who has agreed to perform such services for SSA), that doctor is given X number of days to write and submit a report of the exam results. This is usually 10 days.

However, that doesn't mean that the doctor will actually get the CE report submitted to the disability examiner in that amount of time (it would be submitted to a judge if the case was at the hearing level and the judge was the adjudicator who had ordered the CE). Sometimes doctors take quite a while to do this. And even when they submit the CE report, that doesn't mean that the examiner will get to it immediately.

Very often, there are other issues that the examiner will have to work on. Those could involve gathering information about a person's work history. It could even mean waiting on the results of a separate CE. For example, some people are sent to one more than one CE, such as one for mental and one for physical impairments.

All that one can really know is that after a CE has been done, the case is certainly headed to the finish line. But that may still mean waiting several weeks for an answer.

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How long does it take to get a disability approval letter?
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How much does disability pay?
Can you get SSI for a mental disability if there is a trust fund?
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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 provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

What Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
Disability for a mental condition
Tips for Filing for disability
Financial Help Filing For Disability
Checklist for filing for disability, SSI or SSD
Qualifying for disability benefits, how to qualify for SSD or SSI
Filing a disability application: the steps
Disability award notice, how long it takes to get benefits
How to Apply for Disability - Where do I go?
What makes you eligible to get disability?
How to check my disability claim status?
Can a disability attorney speed up a disability case?
SSI disability Award Letter
How long to get approved for disability?
How to apply for disability benefits
How long does disability back pay take?
What are qualifications for getting disability?
What medical conditions can you file disability for?
Disability Lawyer help questions
Social Security Attorneys, Disability Representatives