How to Check the Status of a Pending Social Security Disability Claim
Most applicants want to check the status of their disability claim because of how long it takes to get a decision. It could take several months to find if the Social Security Administration (SSA) either approved or denied your claim for disability benefits. If you received a rejection letter and go through appealing the decision, you could wait up to a year or more before you know the outcome of your claim.
At Dayes Law Firm, we are here to help you understand the status of your claim in a free consultation. Learn more below about why it is important to be proactive about tracking your disability claim, rather than waiting for the SSA to provide you with updates. It costs nothing up front to retain our services.
How Often to Check Your Claim’s Status
Generally, you may want to check the status of your pending disability claim at least once a month. There are certain situations when you may want to check more often, on a regular basis. If you recently submitted an application, we recommend checking within two weeks to make sure it was well received. If you are waiting back for a decision that is overdue, it is important that you check every couple of days.
The SSA should reach out if additional information or medical evidence is needed to process your claim. However, in some rare cases, a decision may not be sent out. Mistakes and mix ups could potentially happen. Missing documentation could stall your claim, paperwork could get lost or misplaced, mail may not reach you in time or get lost, or the SSA may fail to notify that a claim has been denied.
It can be difficult to comply with deadlines, especially appealing a decision, if you are unaware that your claim was stalled or rejected. This is why it is in your best interest to check the status of your disability claim sooner rather than later. You may also learn if anything can be done to help speed up the process.
How You Can Check a Disability Claim
There are several ways to check the status of your disability claim with the SSA. If you need assistance, the disability attorneys at our firm are ready to help find out where your claim is in the process.
- Online – The SSA’s website allows you to sign in and check the status of your disability claim if you have applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. You could also learn about a reconsideration or hearing request if you have appealed a denied claim. If you do not have an account, the website explains how to set one up.
- Over the phone – You can contact the SSA’s toll-free, automated line at 1-800-772-1213 to check the status of your disability claim. In a phone call, you would need to provide the same information required when checking your status online, such as your full legal name, mailing address, email address, and Social Security Number.
- Local field office – You could also speak to an SSA representative about the status of your disability claim at your local field office. Use the Social Security Office Locator to find a local office and learn more about business hours, office closings and emergency services.
Information Provided When Checking the Status of a Claim
Regardless of how you decide to check the status of your disability claim, you will be provided the same information. If you have applied for disability benefits or are appealing a denied claim, this could include the following information:
- Date you filed your claim or appeal
- Details about how to complete your claim
- Location of the claim, such as the address of the local SSA office
- Current status of your claim
- Time and date of your appeals hearing
- SSA’s decision on your claim
- Outcome of your appeal
Set Up a Complimentary Consultation Today
Waiting to hear back from the SSA with a decision about your disability claim can be daunting. An experienced Phoenix Social Security Disability lawyer at Dayes Law Firm is ready to communicate with your claims examiner and keep you informed about the status of your disability claim. We could also review your situation for free in a consultation to see if we may be able to help you with an appeal.
There is no upfront cost to use our services. We only receive payment at the end of the claims process if you receive the disability benefits you need. Our firm is available anytime, 24/7, to take your call.
Gives us a call at 1-800-503-2000 to learn more.