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After you submit your SSDI or SSI benefits application, you should it expect it to take several months to get a decision.
You can expedite the process by making sure your application is accurate and complete. You should also make sure to include relevant medical records and a statement from your treating physician.
If DDS lacks enough evidence to make a decision on your medical eligibility, DDS may ask you to undergo a consultative examination. This is an examination by an independent physician. If this occurs, it may prolong your wait on a decision.
Of course, if your claim is denied and you appeal, it could add several months or years to your case. While the wait time may be frustrating, you should not let it deter you from seeking the benefits you believe you rightfully deserve.
You can always check on the status of your application by going to the SSA website and creating an account.