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).

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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