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Question: I applied for disability benefits three months ago and still haven’t received an answer. When should I expect to be notifi ed of the decision?

Answer: The length of time it takes to receive a decision on your disability claim is usually from three to five months. It can vary depending on several factors, but primarily on:

• The nature of your disability;

• How quickly we obtain medical evidence from your doctor or other medical source;

• Whether it is necessary to send you for a medical examination to obtain evidence to support your claim; and

• Whether your claim is randomly selected for quality assurance review of the decision.

The more information you can provide about your disability and medical providers during the initial application, the more likely the process will go faster. The best way to prepare for a disability application is to use the Disability Starter Kit located online at www.socialsecurity. gov/disability/ disability_ starter_ kits.htm.



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