How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

How do you find out how your disability claim is going and where it is in the process?

How do we find out what phase of the decision process my husband's disability claim is in? It has been close to three months. I am not working right now, so we are anxious to find out when we can expect a settlement.

Thanks for your help

Just to clarify: there are no settlements but, instead, awards made in two separate fashions. The first is by satisfying the criteria of a listing in the SSA bluebook list of impairments. Only a minority of approvals are made that way.

The second is by being given a medical vocational allowance, a process that involves reading a person's medical records, rating their residual functional capacity, and comparing it to their past work to see if they can return to their past work, or switch to some other type of work.

You can call your local Social Security office and they can tell you if they are working on the claim or a decision has been made. Unfortunately, that is probably all they will be able to tell you. That is because the decision for the claim is not made at the Social Security office where the claim was filed.

As in all cases, after a disability application is taken, the case will be transferred to a state disability agency where it will be processed to a decision by a disability examiner. In actuality, this is the individual you should probably contact to inquire about the status of the case.

If the decision has been made, the examiner will not be able to tell you what it is (you will have to wait for the written notice), but if the case is still being worked on the examiner may take the opportunity to ask you about medical treatment sources, work history, or your spouse's normal daily activities (ADLs). Very often, the examiner will need additional information in one of these areas in order to get to a final decision on the case.

To find out who the examiner is for a specific case, simply call the Social Security office where the claim was filed and ask for the number to the disability agency in your particular state. In most states, the agency is called DDS, or disability determination services.

Keep in mind, of course that the disability process is one where the odds are initially stacked against claimants; he may be denied benefits and he would have to begin the appeal process. However, individuals who follow the appeals process ultimately have a better-than-not chance of winning their benefits.

Note: medical vocational allowances and the bluebook listings are addressed in the links below.

Essential Questions

What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?

Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?

How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?

Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

Receiving a Disability Award Letter

Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability

Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

Applying for disability in your state

Most popular topics on SSDRC.com

Social Security Disability SSI Questions

The listings, list of disabling impairments

Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?

Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials

How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?

How to apply for disability for a child or children

Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application

Filing for disability - when to file

How to apply for disability - where to apply

Qualifications for disability benefits

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits

Qualifying for Disability - The Process

How to get disability for depression

Getting disability for fibromyalgia

SSI disability for children with ADHD

What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?

Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips

More Social Security Disability SSI Questions

Social Security Disability SSI definitions

What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?

New and featured pages on SSDRC.com

Who can help me file for disability?

Related pages:

Social Security Disability, SSI, and Residual Functional Capacity, RFC
How does a Medical Source Statement (RFC Form) help win a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim?
The Medical Vocational Allowance Approval for Social Security Disability and SSI cases
How Will Social Security Decide a Disability Case that's filed?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
List of Impairments for Social Security Disability and SSI Benefits

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

How do I check the status of my Social Security Disability claim?
Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security Disability?
The Difference Between Social Security Disability (SSD) and SSI – How are they different Part II

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.