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Where do I call to learn what is happening on my Disability Claim?

Over the years, I've often been surprised when I've come across claimants who had no clue as to the status of their social security disability or SSI case. However, it's not at all unreasonable that claimants would find themselves in this position and here's why:

After you file for disability with social security, your claim is transferred to a state disability processing agency (usually referred to as DDS, or disability determination services) where it is assigned to an examiner. At this agency, your claim may stay for several months. And, in that time, you may be contacted by the examiner to go over your medical treatment treatment sources, or activities of daily living, or work history.

However, after such a contact is made (and not all claimants are contacted during the processing of a disability application), you may not hear anything at all until the day you receive a decision notice in the mail from social security. And you certainly won't hear anything from the social security office where your actually applied for disability.

At some point, should you call to find out what is happening on your disability claim? Yes, because there is always the possibility that A. the disability examiner needs information from you and, for some reason, has not been able to contact you, B. the disability examiner is unaware of various aspects of your medical condition and treatment, or C. (and this is one of the worst possibilities, but you would be surprised how often it happens) the claim may not have been transferred to a disability examiner at all.

In the case of C, calling to check the status of your disability case with social security can tip you off as to whether or not the claim is still sitting on someone's desk at the social security office where you applied.

Where should you call to get the status of your disability claim?

In general, here's where:

1. The Social Security Office - call here if you've recently applied for disability (within the last couple of weeks) and have a question, or need to report a change of address or phone number.

2. Disability Determination Services (this may be known by a different name depending on the state you live in) - call here if you are fairly sure your case is actively being worked on by a disability examiner. The number for the state disability agency can be difficult to locate through directory assistance; however, you can usually get the number by simply contacting your local social security office.

3. The Disability Hearing office (formerly OHA, the office of hearings and appeals and now known as ODAR, the office of disability adjudication and review) - call here if you or your disability attorney have filed a request for a hearing before an administrative law judge.

4. Your disability lawyer - call your lawyer's office to request the status of your claim if you are represented. At any given time, your representative should be able to tell you what the status of your case is. And if they don't know the current status, they should, following your call, immediately make a status call themselves and then call you back with the updated information.

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

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If you receive disability, can you work and supplement your income?
Temporary Social Security Disability SSI
Filing for disability with herniated disc
When do you get a letter about your disability benefit amount?
Applying for SSD and SSI at the same time
Help from a disability attorney
Can You Work While You Appeal Your Social Security Disability Decision?
When Social Security Disability Sends You To A Doctor, What Kind Is It?
Social Security Disability SSI reviews
What does Social Security Disability SSI pay, how much?
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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

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