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No answer on disability case; should I call to check on it?

"I am close to age 55 and have worked since I was in high school. Uncontrolled hypertension and a history of severe back pain with multiple surgeries including removal of a disc. Applied for disability in January but no answer yet. Should I be concerned? Should I call them to check on my case, or should I get a lawyer to do it for me? Will SS respond faster or better to a lawyer?"

You should contact Social Security and check the status of your disability claim. It is always possible that Social Security has already made a decision and for one reason or another you have not received your decisional notice. Your question is difficult to answer without knowing if Social Security has been in contact with you throughout these months or if you have had to attend consultative examinations.

There are many things that may prolong the length of time it takes to get an answer. It could be as simple as that the disability examiner assigned to your disability claim has left the disability processing agency and their disability cases have been reassigned. Once reassigned, perhaps additional development may have been necessary to get current medical information (anything over ninety days old is not considered current for Social Security purposes). All disability claims need current medical information for a decision. Consultative examinations also add to the overall processing times of disability claims.

As to your question of whether or not Social Security responds quicker or better to a lawyer: having a lawyer does not, by itself, does not speed up the processing of a claim. However, it certainly does not hurt to have your representative check the status of your disability claim. As the saying goes, "the squeaky wheel gets the grease".

The best suggestion I can give you at this point is to contact Social Security and at least make sure your disability claim is still active. If a decision has been made, your appeal period is tied to the date of your decisional notice, so you need to know if your disability claim has been denied.

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

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Social Security Disability, SSI and Being Over the Age of Fifty
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Picking the right disability attorney
Free Legal Representation for Social Security Disability or SSI claims
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Social Security Disability, medium work, and your records
SSD, SSI, and medium, light, and sedentary work
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When Do You Get A Social Security Disability Award Letter And What Does It Say?
Can I Receive More Social Security Disability If I Get Another Condition Or Illness?
Filing for disability and financial help
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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

Getting a disability approval
How to appeal disability denial
Disability hearing results
Helpful tips for going to social security disability hearing
SSDI hearing decision
Denied social security disability now what
Social security disability appeal status
Social security disability appeal attorney fees
I was denied social security disability for the 2nd time
What happens after a disability hearing has been held
How long does a Social Security Disability judge have to make a ruling?
The Social Security Disability Blue book
How to get an SSDI reconsideration approved?
Conditions that get approved for disability
Social security disability back pay status
Denied social security disability appeal
What to say at a disability hearing
Filing for disability with fibromyalgia
Tips for applying for disability