Time to a decision after a Social Security medical examination

I was recently asked how long after Social Security sends you to a doctor for a consultative examination will it take to get a decision.

I previously wrote about how long it takes to receive an initial decision after you apply for Social Security disability benefits and how long it takes to get a Social Security hearing.

Unfortunately, there are no hard and fast rules for how long it will take to get a decision after the consultative examination. But, you can make a pretty good guess.

I usually see a decision four to six months after an application for either disability insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

So, if Social Security schedules a consultative examination 3 months after the application was filed, as an estimate, you can expect a decision in the next 30 to 90 days.

How long after the consultative examination did you get your decision? Let me know in the comments!

  • kim

    i am waiting for a decision on my daughter claim it already been about 4 months and
    i have not gotten a decision from them yet and been 5 months since i have not
    receive a check for her yet and she is 18 but she is still in school and will be out
    until this june and i need her money for personal items she need in school

  • http://www.ColoradoSocialSecurityLaw.com/ TomaszStasiuk

    Average processing times in Colorado (from applying to the initial decision) are about 4 to 6 months. See http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2009/03/ho

    But, processing times vary from state to state and case to case.

  • Jessicacoats

    We had the hearing before the judge and he needed more dr.'s records then he sent my son a letter saying he needed to go see one of there dr.'s or i mean have a consultative dr. now how long will it taKe?

  • Jessicacoats

    we never got tthe decision yet. after the initial denial we finally got the hearing and the judge gave us 90 days to bring him more medical records then we got that to him and then we got a letter from him and dds stating there is not enough info and that they had set up a medical consultative exam and now we are still waiting, is that good or bad?

  • Jessicacoats

    after seeing the judge at the hearing he sends my son to there dr.

  • TA

    The same thing recently happened to me & I finally got my Fully Favorable Decision in the mail 7 weeks and 1 Day later after I went to the Consultative Exam that they sent me to! The letter was dated on the 6th week mark and it took another week for me to receive my mail.

    • chocolate

      hi i went. to my ce last month i have seizures. and back problems

  • Rae C

    I have been through the initial process, (decision 8 months) hearing process,(hearing scheduled after 1 year, decision after 5 months) appeals process (decision took 16 months) and now starting the civil process going on 3.5 years for me as of this writing. I have 2 fractured discs not repairable, and 13 other diagnosis. Four of which are on their list of impairments. (MA)

  • CC

    I applied for SSDI on November 20, 2013 within six days (6) of applying they sent me for Mental Status Evaluation. Question 1. How long after going for a Mental Status Evaluation does it take to hear from social security? Question 2. Is it a good sign or bad sign that they sent me so quick? Question 3. I had a phone interview for SSI, if I am approved for SSI will I be approved for SSDI, an if so how long does it take to get a reply?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Average times are about 4 to 6 months from initial application to a decision. This varies by state and by case, of course. Both SSI and SSDI have the same standard of disability, so being disabled for one, qualifies being disabled for the other. However SSDI requires having worked long enough and recently enough to be insured and a person also has to prove that the disability began before the date last insured. SSI has income and asset limits. Note: I am not predicting what will happen in your case, just offering general information. Good luck!

  • nasa

    If my Dr told me I cannot work with my condition will I still need to go to the CE examiner

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk


  • bri

    How long after a CE exam will I know a decision I am legally blind the CE examiner told me all he can tell me is no surgery can fix my eye sight

  • pooh

    I have been too 3 exams the last one was march 7. That soical security have sented me to. Is that a good thing or bad? All the drs told me i was disabled. The last one asked me what do i want soical security to help me with? And this is my 3rd time apply and this time they sented my mom a fuction report about me.