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What is usually the status of your social security disability or SSI case?

If you call to get the status of your disability claim, nine times out of ten you will be told that your claim is still pending. What does this mean? Simply that your case is still being worked on, wherever it happens to be--which could, depending on the level of your SSD or SSI claim, be the hearing office or with a disability examiner at disability determination services.

On this page, I'll answer a few basic questions regarding the status of a social security disability or SSI claim. First of all,

1. How often should you call to get the status of your claim? Frankly, you probably shouldn't need to do this very often. That's because claim processing can take quite a while. It's not uncommon for a disability application to be in processing for six months or longer.

The same holds true for reconsideration appeals. And if your case is at the hearing level, either waiting for a hearing to be scheduled, or waiting for a decision to be made following a hearing, the wait could be much longer.

Having said that, though, it is not a bad idea to call every 90 days or so to check the status of your claim. By doing this, you can avoid the unenviable situation in which a decision has been made and you were not aware of that fact, thus losing the opportunity to file an appeal.

Of course, if you have representation in the form of a disability attorney or representative, that individual or firm should be able to quite easily obtain the current status of your claim at any given time should you request it.

2. If you call to obtain the status of your disability claim and you are told that a decision has been made, will you be told what that decision was? No, as a disability examiner, I was acutely aware of the fact that even if a decision had been made on a case, this information could not be passed on to an inquiring claimant over the phone.

From the social security administration's standpoint, the only proper way to notify the claimant was through the written notice that is mailed out. Why is this the case? Because some claims are selected for a quality control review at something called DQB (the disability quality branch).

At DQB, a claim that has been pulled for review can potentially be changed. In other words, an approval can be changed to a denial, and a denial can be changed to an approval (though it is usually the other way around). When this happens, it is because DQB reviewed the decision made by the disability examiner and found that the examiner was in error, in the application of a medical-vocational rule, or in the interpretation of the claimant's medical evidence.

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

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