How long does it take Social Security to make a decision on my claim?

A significant part of the claim process involves obtaining your medical records, which can be a time consuming process as the Social Security Administration has to get your records from many medical providers. Also, if Social Security has medical questions, they send you to a doctor for an evaluation. A disability examiner will work with a state agency doctor to make the initial decision on your claim. As such, the period for the initial evaluation may take between 3-5 months.