Checking the Status of Your Claim
Social Security Administration pays benefits to over 60 million Americans each month, and their offices
receive millions of new applications every year. With so much traffic
moving through the system, applications often get stalled behind backlogs,
and administrative mistakes are common.
The SSA claims that an application should take 90 to 120 days from the
date of submission to the date that the applicant is approved or denied,
but in practice the
claim waiting times can often be much longer. Unless you have a condition that qualifies for
expedited service under the
Compassionate Allowance Program, you may have to wait months before you learn whether you will receive the
Social Security Disability benefits you need. There are ways to check the status of your claim in the meantime
so that you can find out how long you can expect to wait.
The regional Social Security office may have information about your claim
status, and you can call or visit in person to make an inquiry. You will
be able to learn what stage of the
Social Security Disability process your claim has reached, but you will not be able to find out whether Disability
Determination Services has decided to approve your application. It normally
takes about a month before the SSA receives all the information relevant
to your claim, including full medical records. If you learn that any items
are missing, you can contact your doctor or take any action that might
help speed up the process.
Dedicated and Passionate Legal Professionals
At Disability Action Advocates, we focus exclusively on representing people
who need Social Security benefits, and we can help you with the entire
process from start to finish. We will take responsibility for getting
the claim approved, including any necessary follow up. We will keep you
informed of any developments as they occur, and our legal team will be
ready to take legal action in case there are any problems that could result
in denial of the claim.