Social Security Disability applications take time to be processed and must pass through various screening processes before a decision on the disability claim is made. Once you submit your disability claim, it goes to a local office where it is processed and evaluated. Part of this evaluation involves gathering your medical records and other relevant information regarding your claim. As a general rule of thumb, it takes about a month’s time before all of the required information is on file with the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Keep in mind that you should wait at least thirty days before contacting your local Disability Determination Services office. It generally takes about a month to gather your medical records and assemble your file. In addition, some doctors and medical offices take longer than others with regard to sending out the medical records. Since there is little that can be done with your claim until all of the required information is gathered, it is wise to check in after the first month to see if they need any additional information. If you are missing key information, then you can contact your doctor and speed the process along.