It is no secret that government bureaucracy is not the fastest thing in the world. There are processes for everything.
It makes sense when you consider the level of scrutiny and management necessary for using public funds. That fact alone also provides some insight into some of the things that you might do to accelerate the application process. There are multiple ways to file an application including in person, by phone, or online.
Increased wait times across the board
It is common to have waves of high volumes of applications and resulting slowdowns for social security applications in many parts of the country. You typically cannot depend on general estimates, especially not if the source of the estimate is older than a couple of years.
However, when you are in need of disability support, you want to know how quickly that support is coming. The answer is unfortunately vague: The Social Security Administration will work as quickly as possible to get to your application and process it.
Things that speed up SSD applications
The most important thing you can do to obtain the fastest resolution possible for your case is to correctly, completely and honestly fill out your application materials. While this does not make the SSA work any faster, it does often prevent unnecessary delays.
For example, the SSA might deny your application if you do not provide adequate medical proof of your disability. You would have a much better chance of an efficient resolution if you provide information regarding all of your medical providers that treat your disabling conditions. Keep in mind most people are approved due to a combination of impairments, not just a single condition, so be sure and list all of the conditions that affect your ability to work.
Avoiding mistakes is typically the only way to speed up the application process. However, considering the time and effort involved in correcting mistakes, a little attention to detail at the beginning could save a lot of time in the long run.