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and win disability benefits
Social Security does not provide status updates on cases. In other words, they will not routinely call a claimant to advise them as to how the case is developing, or make an estimate as to how much longer it may take to evaluate the individual's disability claim. This is because:
A) There are no deadlines for processing a disability claim. The case simply takes as long as it needs to, which is a good thing since it often takes a disability examiner weeks or months to gather all the necessary evidence and, therefore, rushing the case with an arbitrary deadline would be very counter-productive and not in the claimant's best interests.
B) Because there are no deadlines for case processing, it would be pointless to send out update notifications. In actuality, the only thing that the claimant really needs to be aware of is whether or not a decision has been made, i.e. will the claimant be qualifying for disability benefits, or will they denied for disability benefits.
Having said this, however, in the course of processing a disability case to the point of making a decision, a disability examiner may periodically contact the claimant. This can be to gain more information about the claimant's medical history or work history. Or to inquire about their normal daily activities since this type of information can provide insight into the various ways in which the claimant is functionally limited and, possibly, unable to return to work activity.
Can a claimant contact the social security administration to ask about their claim and to see what the status is? Yes, the claimant may contact the social security office where they initially filed. However, this is usually pointless since the social security office only does the intake for the application but does not actually work on the claim.
To inquire into the status of the claim, a claimant should contact their social security office and obtain the number for the disability determination services agency in their state. This is the agency that makes decisions on each application for disability benefits. After getting the number for DDS, the claimant can call and ask to speak to the disability examiner who is working on their case. The examiner will very often be unable to tell the claimant anything aside from the fact that the case is being worked on; however, a call to an examiner sometimes has the benefical effect of reminding the examiner to check on medical records that have been requested, or some other case processing requirement.
If a case has proceeded to the disability hearing level, then the call to the social security office should be for the purpose of obtaining the number to the hearing office. However, most claimants whose cases are at the hearing level will have representation on their disability case. Therefore, a status call that is made in this situation should be done by the claimant's disability lawyer.
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
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