Social Security Disability Status in Texas

There are several ways to check the status of either a Social Security Disability claim or SSI claim in Texas. However, the answer that is best will depend on what level of the system your claim is at and whether or not you are represented by either a Social Security Disability attorney or non-attorney representative.

If your disability claim is at the hearing level, meaning that you have been denied on a reconsideration appeal (this is the first appeal that comes after your initial claim has been turned down), then the status call should be made to the hearing office. The social security hearing office is known as ODAR, or office of disability adjudication and review.

The number for the hearing office that has your case can easily be obtained by contacting the social security office where you originally filed your claim.

If your claim is pending at the disability application or reconsideration appeal level, then it is at your state's disability determination services agency and this is where you should call. Again, the number for your state's DDS should be easily obtainable from the social security office.

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In either case, however, if you have representation on your case, contact your lawyer's office and have them obtain the status of your claim. In fact, the reason for this is very practical since your representative needs to be "on the same page with you" regarding the status of your claim and what is happening with it.

Very seldom, it should be said, will it be productive to contact the social security office to get the status of your claim since A) they themselves do not get status updates from either the hearing office or disability determination services and B) they will not call either DDS or the hearing office to obtain the status of your claim for you.

On the other hand, contacting the office (the hearing office or DDS) where the claim is actually being worked on can be very helpful in getting status information.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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