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How do I check the status of my Social Security disability claim?

Once you complete your disability claim with Social Security, it is sent to a state disability-processing agency (DDS) for a medical determination. It is assigned to a disability examiner who begins the process of gathering medical records from all the sources you listed in your disability application.

This can take some time to do, so you should probably wait about thirty days or so before contacting Social Security about the status of your disability claim. Medical records must be collected from various doctors and it takes some doctors longer than others to send their records to SSA.

Since a disability examiner cannot really make a determination on a disability claim until they receive your medical records, it is not a bad idea to check in about a month after you file your disability claim to make sure that SSA has everything they need. They may need you to contact your doctor to help expedite getting your medical records to SSA, or they may just need more information from you in order to make a decision on your case.

To get a status on your disability claim, you may call your local Social Security office or the toll free number for Social Security. However, it is probably more beneficial to you to contact the state disability agency working on your disability claim. By contacting DDS (you may obtain the number for this agency by contacting the social security office where you filed your claim), you may speak directly to the disability examiner who is responsible for your disability determination.

A state disability examiner may not inform you of any decision regarding your claim (assuming a decision has been made by the time you call). However, the examiner may be able to update you on the processing status of your case (for instance, if medical records are still waiting to be received from one of your doctors or hospitals).

You must speak with Social Security to get any information about your disability decision. Often, disability claims are sent from the state disability processing agency to a quality review office for a quality review. They have the power to change the decision, which is why the decision is not given out until your disability claim file is back in the jurisdiction of your local Social Security office.

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

Related pages:

Social Security Disability Status on a pending claim
How do I check the status of my Social Security disability claim?
What is usually the status of your social security disability or SSI case?
Social Security Disability Status - when should I call to check
Social Security Disability Claim Status- Monitor your case
How long does it take to get a decision on Social Security disability or SSI?
Getting your Social Security Disability Claim Status in Illinois
How to Get the Status on Your Social Security Disability Claim in North Carolina
Social Security Disability or SSI Claim Status in Florida
Social Security Disability Status or SSI Update in New York
Why do you receive a Social Security Disability benefit back payment?
Determining Social Security Disability and SSI eligibility

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 answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria