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Has my Disability Claim Been Approved?
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 manner 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.
Social Security Disability and SSI Resource Center
The Most Basic questions about Getting Disability Benefits
Social Security Disability SSI and whether or not you can work
Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability
Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers
More Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers
Common Questions about Social Security Disability and SSI
Winning Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
The SSI Disability Benefits Program
Medical exams for disability claims
Applying for Disability in various states
Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs
Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews
Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children
Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative
What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials
Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits
FAQ on Disability Claim Representation
Disability hearings before Judges
Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers
Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits
Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability
Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children
Disability Benefits through Social Security
Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records
Filing your claim for disability benefits
Eligibility for receiving disability benefits
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
Resources on this site
Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions
Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI
About the Author of SSDRC, Tim Moore
For Individuals living in North Carolina
Applying for Disability in North Carolina
North Carolina Disability Lawyer
Has my Disability Claim Been Approved?
Social Security Disability Tips — how a claim gets worked on
Advice to Win Social Security Disability and SSI Benefit Claims
How Quickly Is The Disability Claim Decision Made?
What is the SSI and Social Security Disability Application Wait Time?
How do you get an SSI disability application and Claim started?
Avoiding Mistakes to get your Disability Claim Approved
How to Claim Disability Benefits through Social Security
How to claim disability benefits in North Carolina
If you get Social Security Disability and go back to work, do you have to pay anything back?
SSI, household income, parental income, and living arrangements
Getting a Disability Lawyer in Georgia
Denied Disability Appeal Georgia
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