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

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.

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

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

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

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