Checking Social Security Disability Status
In the event you’ve been waiting for more than a couple of months for a Social Security conclusion, you need to check the status of your claim. You can telephone your local Social Security office to speak to a disability claims representative to check on the status. A claims rep can usually provide a general update on your own case, as to where it is in the process, but will not be able to give you much detail on when a decision will be handed down or whether there are any barriers holding it up.
Initial Application or Reconsideration (First Appeal)
For cases pending at the initial claim level (after you filed the application) as well as the reconsideration amount (after you filed the first-level appeal), it’s usually more productive for you to talk directly with the disability examiner who is assessing your claim. Your handicap examiner works at a state agency called Disability Determination Services (DDS), not the real Social Security Administration (SSA). Handicap examiners are generally easy to reach by phone, and you can obtain the telephone number for your local DDS from your local Social Security office. There is at least one DDS office in each state; find your state article for a listing of the DDS offices in all states.
When you call the DDS, state which you are calling for the status of your case. Commonly, the man who answers the phone will ask you for your Social Security number and then connect you with your examiner, who can instantly tell you whether or not your case is pending. (If your case has been decided, the examiner can let you know this, but won’t be able to tell you whether you will be approved — the Social Security office makes the final decision.) If your case continues to be pending, ask the examiner (politely) if there is anything you can do in order to help expedite your claim.
Note that in some states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, along with the L.A. region of California, the reconsideration step has been eliminated. In these states, a claimant who has been denied benefits goes right to the hearing period of appeal.
Why it’s vital that you look over the status of your claim and what can potentially happen if you don’t
It is always a good idea to check the status of your Social Security disability claim periodically to ensure a decision has not been made. Sometimes disability claims decisional notices get lost in the mail. If you wait six months to check the status of your disability claim you may lose the chance to appeal your handicap denial if your decisional notice was lost in the email.
This brings to mind another important reminder. Be certain that you simply notify Social Security of any address changes rapidly. If Social Security does not have a correct mailing address, you may not only not receive your decisional notice; you may even cause your disability claim to be refused. Your impairment claim can be denied for failure to cooperate if Social Security cannot contact you to get information or to schedule necessary consultative evaluations.
In the event that you have a disability attorney or non-lawyer disability representative, you should not have to be concerned about the status of your disability claim. Your representative will be notified of your disability claim decision. When it is a refusal they need to file your appeals for you.
Again, it’s still essential that you notify your representative, along with, Social Security if you have address changes. In case the disability examiner working on your disability claim cannot reach you they will contact your representative for your contact information.
If you applied for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits, or have a pending reconsideration or hearing request, you can log in or create a My Social Security account to look over the Status of Your Application online.
Your application status reveals:
Your Reentry number for pending online benefits application or online appeal that hasn’t yet been submitted;
The date they received your application or appeal;
Scheduled Hearing date and time;
Current claim or appeal location including the address of the office processing your application; and If a decision was made.
The way to check the status of your claim in any respect points of the disability application process
Every review stage of the Social Security Disability (SSD) program and appeals procedure has different guidelines for checking the status of a claim. Each step is governed by a different entity as well, which can allow it to be hard to know exactly what to do. The following steps help you understand the procedure and whom you should contact for updates.
Step One Initial Application
When you submit your initial application for SSD benefits, you will desire to check on your claim at regular times. This allows you to know immediately in case your claim is stalled for any reason. In addition, it permits you to address any needs for further documentation or evidence immediately.
At the first application stage, you can check the status of your claim by:
calling your local SSA office OR contacting the disability examiner which has been assigned to your case
OR checking your claim status online, in the event that you originally applied for gain online through the SSAs website.
Once your disability claim is forwarded to Disability Determination Services (DDS), a claims examiner will be delegated. You should get a phone call and receive paperwork when this happens. Should you not understand who your handicap examiner is, get in touch with your local SSA office for additional advice.
Step Two Reconsideration of Claim
In the majority of states, step one in appealing a denied disability claim is to request a reconsideration. After you’ve submitted reconsideration request forms, you can assess the status of your claim by contacting your local SSA office or the disability examiner assigned to your case.
Measure Three Appeal Hearing
Appealing a denied claim requires you request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). After submitting the required appeal forms, you can always check the status of your claim and your appeal hearing scheduled by phoning:
your local SSA office or claims examiner, if your file has not been transferred to the appeals office yet
OR the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), in case your file has already been sent on for review and for hearing scheduling.
Once your hearing date is set, you are going to be given a notice in the mail, including the hearing arrangements and contact information. Any future questions should be directed to the contact listed on the notice you get.
Step Four Appeals Council Review
Most disability claims end at the ALJ hearing level. Most applicants either:
receive benefits when the judge finds them eligible OR Quit trying to get SSD after the ALJ denies the claim.
In the event you request an Appeal Council Review of the ALJs conclusion, the SSA strongly urges you have representation. Most applicants hire legal counsel or get assistance from a Social Security advocate at this stage if they have not already.
Step Five Federal Court Appeal
The last step in the appeals process if a civil lawsuit, filed against the SSA in federal court. This measure requires an attorney and he or she will keep you up to date on the status of your suit. You are going to deal directly with your legal counsel throughout the litigation.
How exactly to request Social Security statement
This service allows you to transmit your request for a Social Security Statement using an internet form. However, they do not send your Statement information back on the net. Instead, you may receive a response to your request by U.S. post in 2-4 weeks.