SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
Social Security Disability and SSI Questions and Answers
What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Social Security Disability SSI and Degenerative Disc Disease
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
More questions about SSD and SSI
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability Tips — how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
How Do I Find Out How My Disability Appeal Is Going?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
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: SSDRC, or the Social Security Disability Questions page