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When you file an application for social security disability, it’s normal to feel a little anxious.  The process takes so long that you may get worried that something has gone wrong, or that they didn’t even get it.   The reality is that you might be right!  That’s why it is important to check the status of your social security disability claim.

Status Of Social Security Disability Application

When you check the status of your social security disability claim, you are creating an opportunity to speed up your application processing.  You don’t want to do this too often, though.  That could create problems.  Make sure to give the SSA plenty of time to start processing your application before you call.  I suggest that you wait about 30 days.  At that point, someone should be able to answer your questions. 

The main thing you want to do when you check the status of your social security disability claim is to verify that the SSA received your application.  You don’t want to sit around and wait for nothing.  Once that is confirmed, you want to ask whether your application is still pending or if it has been decided.  If it has been decided, they won’t tell you if you were awarded benefits or not, but you’ll know to be on the lookout for a decision in the mail.  If your application is still pending, this is your chance to ask if there is anything you can do to help get it processed.  Sometimes they are just waiting on medical records that you can get faxed over with a simple phone call to the doctor.

Status Of SSDI Claim

Now that you know what your purpose is when you check the status of your social security disability claim, you need to know who to contact.  You will have several options.

  • Use your my social security account on the SSA website
  • Call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213
  • Call your local SSA office
  • Contact the person making the decision at the Disability Determination Services (DDS) office
  • Ask your lawyer to do this for you

Disability Status

Every now and then the SSA fails to send out notice that a claim has been denied.  When a claim gets denied, there are deadlines to file an appeal.  If you have not checked on your claim status and this happens to you, then you could possibly miss your deadline to appeal.  Don’t let this happen to you.

Use your lawyer.  You hired them to work for you and get your case processed.  Any good social security disability lawyer knows how important it is to check the status of your social security disability claim.  And they know how to do that effectively.  At least the ones in our office do.