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Has my Disability Claim Been Approved?
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and win disability benefits
This question comes up now and then. And it is a valid one since there are many instances in which the social security administration will send out a notice of disapproved claim (a denial notice) which a claimant will never receive. And when that happens there is every danger of not being able to file a disability appeal in a timely manne because how can a person appeal when they don't even know they've been denied? It stands to reason that there are times when a claimant has been notified of an approval for a disability claim but have not received the notice.
On initial claims (an initial claim is a disability application) and on reconsiderations, where the decision has been made by a disability examiner, a claimant will receive formal notification from the social security administration. On a case that has been approved by a judge at a disability hearing, a claimant will receive a separate notice of decision, followed by a notice of award.
Fortunately, as opposed to a situation involving a denial of a claim, if your case is approved but you did not receive notification, you will eventually learn of the approval when a check from the social security administration (for back pay or a monthly benefit) has been deposited in the bank account you designated. Additionally, if you were represented by a disability attorney, the attorney will usually contact you as soon as they receive a copy of the notification of approval.
If your case has been pending for quite some time and you have not heard anything, you should contact your disability representative, assuming you have one, and ask them to do a followup for a status update on your case.
For cases that are being decided at the first two levels, this means that your representative will likely make a call to the disability determination services agency in your state.
If the case is pending at the hearing level (meaning that it is waiting to be scheduled for a social security disability hearing, or a hearing has been held and you are waiting on a decision from the ALJ, or administrative law judge), then your representative's office will contact the hearing office.
If you are not represented by a disability lawyer, you can make these same calls yourself to ascertain the status of your case. The number for DDS and the number for the hearing office can be obtained from the social security office where you filed your claim.
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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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