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

Calling about your Social Security Disability Claim (can prevent problems)

After you file for disability, should you call about your claim, and, if so, when and how often? The fundamental answer to the question is, Yes, you should periodically check on your case after you submit your application. In fact, you should conduct some type of status call after you submit any application or appeal to the social security administration.

Here's a good reason why. In my own state of North Carolina, I've spoken to hundreds of claimants who decided to file for disability and wait patiently for an answer, usually several months. During that time, of course, they wondered what was happening with their claim. However, since they knew from speaking with others that the process is notoriously slow, they didn't think it was necessary to call and check on their case.

This is what some of them found. In the case of disability applications, some found that while they continued to wait on an answer, a decision had already been made on their case. In fact, the decision had been made so long ago that the 60 day period in which a claimant is entitled to file a disability appeal had already elapsed. In the case of disability appeals, some claimants who patiently waited on an answer regarding their claim...eventually discovered that the appeal they had mailed in had never been received, or had been lost.

Any time you submit a disability application or disability appeal to the social security administration, you need to check on its status and for these reasons.

1. You need to make sure that what you sent in was actually received. This could include disability application paperwork, disability appeal paperwork, or a questionaire that was mailed to you to complete and return such as a work history report.

2. If what you sent in was not received, by calling and verifying this fact, you can take action to make sure you get this information in to social security (your social security office can get duplicate forms out to you very quickly).

3. You can avoid missing an all-important deadine. In the case of filing a disability appeal, missing a deadline without good cause can mean having to start over with a brand new application, losing several months of processing time on a claim.

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:

The SSDI SSI disability application, how to file
Working and getting Disability
Going to a disability hearing without a lawyer
How is Social Security Disability determined?
Medical treatment and a Social Security Disability award
Applying for Social Security Disability or SSI for Stroke
Social Security Disability, back pain, and sedentary, light, and medium work
Social Security Disability, SSI, and low IQ
Contacting Social Security about the status of your disability claim
How to qualify for disability with depression
How to file for disability in New Jersey NJ
Can you qualify for disability with narcolepsy?
Can I get disability with anxiety, IBS, asthma, migraines, OCD, bad vision, and depression?
Filing a second application for disability
Filing for disability with HIV
Basic Facts about the Administrative Law Judge Social Security Disability Hearing

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Social Security Disability attorneys and representatives
What is the status of your Social Security Disability or SSI case
Rules and requirements to apply for disability
Will I qualify for disability?
Apply for disability for any medical condition
Steps and Tips for requesting a disability hearing
If your disability claim is approved or denied
Social Security Award letter for SSD, SSI
Temporary Social Security Disability SSI
Social Security Disability SSI reviews
How social security evaluates attention deficit
Filing for disability with Post polio syndrome
Tips for Getting Disability Approved
How far back Social Security will pay SSDI or SSI
SSI award notices are received by approved claimants
Winning and getting disability with a mental condition
Getting disability for rheumatoid arthritis
Can you work if you get Disability?
Who qualifies for SSI and how
How to file for disability and where to apply
Conditions that may qualify as disability
Denied on a disability application
Answering questions at a Social Security Disability hearing

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.