Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

Disability Applications

Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

Contacting your Congressman to help your disability case

Sometimes it's useful to call either your local congressman's office or one of your two senator's to have them check into your case and move it along faster. Generally, of course, this is for the purpose of getting a hearing scheduled faster.

However, there are times when doing this can benefit you in other ways.


A Congressional Inquiry to Help Your Disability Case

Recently, someone referenced the problems that social security disability and SSI disability claimants have with back pay issues, to which another person mentioned in a comment that he was able to get his back pay sooner by contacting his congressman's office (in this case, it was the congressional delegate for the district of columbia). So, I would definitely add this to the tips list.

If you've been approved for social security disability or SSI disability benefits, contact your representative or senator and tell them you're not having any luck in getting your back pay processed in a timely manner (there's a huge gulf between what the social security administration and normal citizens consider to be "timely").

Someone from that office will perform an inquiry and the outcome of this may be that you get your back pay sooner. Of course, as with all things related to the disability system, there's no guarantee---but if you've been waiting an extraordinary amount of time for the back pay benefits to which you are entitled, it is certainly worth a shot.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

How long does a request for a disability hearing appeal take?
How do you Apply for SSI?
Applying for Disability or SSI with a cochlear implant
Can you apply for disability in your sixties?
Social Security Disability decisions by judges and examiners
Applying for Disability - How long does it take
How do I apply for disability, when
Disability requirements and how to file in California
Disability requirements, eligibility, criteria
How much does disability pay?
Do you get benefits when Social Security reviews your case?
What Conditions Qualify For Social Security Disability?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | 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 | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

What Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
Disability for a mental condition
Tips for Filing for disability
Financial Help Filing For Disability
Checklist for filing for disability, SSI or SSD
Qualifying for disability benefits, how to qualify for SSD or SSI
Filing a disability application: the steps
Disability award notice, how long it takes to get benefits
How to Apply for Disability - Where do I go?
What makes you eligible to get disability?
How to check my disability claim status?
Can a disability attorney speed up a disability case?
SSI disability Award Letter
How long to get approved for disability?
How to apply for disability benefits
How long does disability back pay take?
What are qualifications for getting disability?
What medical conditions can you file disability for?
Disability Lawyer help questions
Social Security Attorneys, Disability Representatives