Overview of Disability
Disability Back Pay
Requirements for Disability
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Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after a Denial
Mental Disability Benefits
Denials for Disability
Appeals for denied claims
Disability Benefits from SSA
Child Disability Benefits
Qualifications and How to Qualify
Working and Disability
Disability Awards and Notices
Disability Lawyers, Hiring Attorneys
Social Security List of Conditions
What Social Security considers disabling
Medical Evidence and Disability
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
SSD SSI Definitions
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Getting your Social Security Disability Claim Status in Pennsylvania
If you have a pending disability application or appeal in Pennsylania, you should know that Social Security does not ordinarily 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 for an 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.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria