Luckily, there are several ways to check the status of your Disability claim to make sure there are no hiccups with your case.
When you are dealing with the Social Security Disability process, it is not uncommon to encounter bumps in the road. Paperwork gets lost, doctors fail to send in necessary medical reports, clerical errors happen.
Obviously, you don’t want anything to get lost in the shuffle. There are several ways that you can check your Disability claim status, including online, by phone or through a Disability attorney.
A convenient way to check your Disability claim status is to go online. The Social Security Administration has an Application Status Information page that will show the date they received your application, any requests for additional documents, the address of the office processing your information, and whether a decision has been made.
All you need is your nine-digit Social Security number and the confirmation number you received when you submitted your application. Keep in mind that it takes at least five days from the date you applied before you can check your claim online.
Call Social Security.
Calling Social Security is another way to check on your Disability claim status. Who you should call depends on where you are in the Disability process.
You can call the main, toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 (or TTY 1-800-325-0778). The office is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.
If your claim is in the hands of a Disability examiner, you can contact the examiner through your state Disability Determination Services (DDS) office. At some point, you should receive forms in the mail with the appropriate contact information to the local office handling your claim.
If your claim has been denied and you are awaiting a Disability hearing, you can contact the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in your area for a status check. Again, at some point, you will receive a notice with the appropriate mailing address, telephone and fax numbers. The Social Security Administration also maintains a hearing office locator that you can use to find the address and phone number of the ODAR office in your area.
Check with your Disability attorney.
One of the many advantages of having a Social Security Disability attorney is that they will keep up with your case and keep you in the loop. Your attorney or a member of their team can contact Social Security on your behalf to obtain updates about your Disability claim status.
At McDonald Law Firm, we realize how much our clients have on their plates. We work to minimize your stress by staying on top of your claim and taking care of any issues that come up along the way.