Social Security Disability Definitions
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
The Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial
Disability Denials and Filing Appeals
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Disability Benefits offered through Social Security
Benefits through SSI disability
Disability Benefits for Children
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify
Social Security Disability and Working
Winning your Disability Benefits
Social Security Back Pay and the disability award notice
Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney
Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
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How Do I Find Out How My Disability Appeal Is Going?
If you have to file an appeal with Social Security, you should first consider how long Social Security has had your appeal before you inquire about your status. For example, if you have just filed your appeal within the past week or even two weeks it is not likely that much would be going on with your disability appeal.
If you have filed a reconsideration appeal, you have to consider that the state disability agency (disability determination services) is going to have to request and receive any new medical information that you provided on your disability appeal report form. This can take some time so there would be no need to check on your reconsideration appeal for at least a couple of weeks, and mostly like not for thirty days or so.
It is important to check and make sure that Social Security has received your reconsideration appeal, either your online appeal or your paper appeal. Sometimes disability claimants do not complete all the necessary information for their appeal and Social Security still needs information in order to process the appeal, so it is a good ideal to make sure they got your appeal and that they have all the information they need.
It generally takes anywhere from thirty to sixty days to receive a reconsideration appeal decision. If you have not received any decisional notices and it has been about two months, you should contact your Social Security office or the state agency disability examiner working on your reconsideration appeal.
If you have a request for a disability hearing appeal, the only thing you should do is make sure that Social Security received your request. There are hearing backlogs at nearly all Social Security hearings offices across the nation, so the wait for an administrative law judge hearing can be a long one. Some disability claimants are waiting twelve months or more for their hearing. When your hearing is scheduled, they will notify you and your Social Security representative (if you have obtained the services of a social security attorney or non-attorney representative) regarding when your hearing is to be held.
You can contact Social Security by calling or visiting your local Social Security office, calling the toll free Social Security number, or calling the Social Security hearing office that has jurisdiction over your disability claim (generally your mailing address determines your hearings office and local Social Security office).
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