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Checking the Status of Your Claim

Application Process

The 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 or if your claim will be handled quickly through the Wounded Warriors program for veterans disability, 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.

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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.

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