It can take at least three to five months to get approved for Social Security disability after the date of application. Actually receiving benefits does not occur until the sixth full month after the date that Social Security determines the disability began.
Social Security disability benefit payments are paid the month following the month for which they are due. The amount an individual receives for disability payments depends upon his lifetime average earnings covered by Social Security. The time frame to get approved for Social Security disability depends upon the nature of an individual's disability, how quickly Social Security can gather medical evidence, whether the individual must be sent for a medical examination and whether or not Social Security reviews the application for quality purposes.