Have you applied for SSDI benefits? If so, you may be anxious to learn whether you were approved for Social Security benefits. You may be wondering how to check your social security disability status if you have not heard from the Social Security Administration (SSA). In this article, we review the steps you need to take to check your Social Security disability status online and by telephone.
4 Steps for Checking Your Social Security Disability Status
- Go to SSA Secure Website to Access Your Social Security Login
- Login to Your “my Social Security” Account
- Locate the Home Page
- View Your Status
To find the nearest SSA office for you, you can use the Social Security Office Locator. You enter your zip code and the SSA provides you with the information for the Social Security Office closest to you, including the street address, telephone number, and hours of operation.
If you have difficulty checking your Social Security disability status online, you can call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 or visit your local Social Security office for assistance.
Step 1: Go to SSA Secure Website to Access Your Social Security Login
When you go to the Application Status page on the SSA website, you have two choices highlighted in large blue boxes. Choose the “Sign In” option by clicking on the words in the blue box. You are automatically redirected to the sign-in page for your Social Security account.
Step 2: Login to Your “my Social Security” Account
On the Sign In page, enter your username and password in the boxes and click the blue “Sign In” box. You are automatically redirected to your home page.
If you forgot your username or password, you can retrieve that information by clicking on the “Forgot Username?” or “Forgot Password?” link under the appropriate box. You need to enter your Social Security Number and date of birth as well as your email address or username. The system verifies your identity and provides instructions for retrieving your information.
Step 3: Locate the Home Page
When you log into your my Social Security account, you should be directed to the home page. Scroll down to the “Benefit Applications” section of the home page. Select the “View Details” link under the heading “More Info.”
Step 4: View Your Status
To view your application status, go to the “Current Status” section. Your Social Security disability status will indicate if your Social Security disability application has not been received.
If the SSA has received your Social Security disability application, you’ll see the date the SSA received the SSDI or SSI application, whether your case has a hearing date and time, and the current location of the SSA office processing your disability claim. You’ll also be able to see whether a decision has been made.
How Often Should I Check the Status of My Application?
Typically, you should wait at least 30 days before contacting the SSA to check your Social Security disability status. Your claim is assigned a disability examiner. The examiner must request and receive medical records to process your claim. Until the medical records are received, your disability application may stall.
If you have not received a notice from the claims examiner that your disability application has been received (and is being reviewed within 30 days after submitting your disability application), you need to check your Social Security disability status online, by telephone, or by visiting your local Social Security Office.
You may check the status of your disability claim as often as you would like. However, because the review process for an SSDI or SSI application can take several months, you may not see a change in the status for several weeks at a time. Checking your disability claims status once a month should be sufficient to monitor the progress of your claim.
Does the social security disability application really take that long?
This response is common when our Social Security disability lawyers explain that it could take many months to receive a determination for an application for SSDI or SSI. Unfortunately, some applications for Social Security disability are delayed because the claims examiner does not receive the necessary medical records promptly. A delay can also occur when an applicant does not provide all required information, such as work history, medical providers, income information, or other required documentation.
If the SSA schedules an independent medical examination (IME) to verify a mental disability or physical impairment, the claims process slows to a stop. The claims examiner cannot determine whether the person can perform “substantial gainful activity” or meets the definition of disability according to the Social Security Blue Book until the claimant completes the IME. The health care professional who performs the IME must complete and submit the report to the claims examiner for review, which could take several weeks.
Because your SSA office may process thousands of disability applications each year, the caseload for your particular office may also impact the timeline of your disability claim.
How can I stay afloat while waiting for your social security disability approval?
Waiting for your Social Security disability payments can be difficult. Unfortunately, your living expenses and bills are not placed on hold while your application for Social Security disability benefits is pending. There are two important things you can do to make ends meet while you are waiting for approval of disability benefits:
Work While You are Waiting for a Disability Determination
Even though you may be applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you can continue to earn a small amount of money each month. Because you do not want to jeopardize your long-term disability benefits, you may want to speak with experienced Social Security disability lawyers to ensure you are not exceeding the maximum income each month.
Because Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is an income-based program, you must be careful when earning money while applying for SSI disability payments, including self-employment income. Only certain income and assets are counted by the SSA when you apply for Social Security. Consulting experienced Social Security disability lawyers can help ensure you do not do anything to jeopardize your SSI application.
Apply for Other Benefits and Programs
While you wait for payments to begin, you may want to apply for other federal, state, and local benefits and disability programs. Programs you may want to consider include Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Medicaid and CHIP provide medical cost for low-income individuals and children. You can also apply for assistance with your energy costs through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
Benefit Finder is a website operated by the U.S. government. It assists individuals in identifying federal and state programs that can provide financial and other assistance. You may also want to check with your local Department of Social Services for information about various public assistance programs available in your area.
What If I Have Questions About My Claim?
If you have questions about your Social Security disability application or your Social Security disability status, call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213. You can contact your disability claims representative directly by calling the telephone number provided in the correspondence you received when an examiner was assigned to your case. You can also visit your local SSA to speak with a representative. However, many SSA offices are crowded, and you might have to wait a significant period before you can talk to someone.
Whenever you contact the Social Security Administration about your disability application or disability payments, you need to make sure that you have your Social Security Number, date of birth, address, telephone number, and mother’s maiden name available. If you are calling about a specific piece of correspondence, it is good to have the letter with you so that you can refer to it during the conversation.
What if I hire Social Security Disability lawyers to help me with my disability claim?
Many people begin the process of filing for SSI or SSDI without an attorney. However, they soon realize that there are many benefits of hiring an attorney for a disability claim. Some of the ways an attorney can help you with your SSA application include:
- Assistance completing the disability forms, including claims for workers’ compensation benefits
- Explain the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits in terms you understand
- Answer questions whenever you have concerns or issues arise
- Check the status of your disability claim and monitor your case closely
- Respond to SSA requests to help your disability case moving through the system
- Double check all information and documentation provided to the claims examiner to ensure accuracy and completeness
- Understand administrative law regarding work, income, asset, and medical requirements for SSDI eligibility and SSI eligibility.
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or judge?
Typically, there are four levels of appeal for a denied Social Security disability claim. If your initial application for Social Security disability benefits is denied, you can appeal the denial by asking for reconsideration. For a reconsideration, your claim is transferred to another claims examiner who did not participate in your disability case during the initial application phase. The new examiner reviews the original disability application and any new evidence you may have submitted with your disability appeal.
You can request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) if the second claims examiner also denies your disability application. During an administrative hearing, the judge listens to testimony and may question you and any witnesses you present. It is usually essential to hire a Social Security disability attorney at this stage. An administrative hearing can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you need to coordinate medical providers as witnesses to testify at the hearing.
An Appeals Council hears any appeals of decisions by ALJs. The Appeals Council may deny a request for review, make a decision based on the evidence in your file, or return the case to the ALJ for further review.
The final appeal level for disability claims is the federal district court. If you disagree with the decision by the Appeals Council, you can file a lawsuit in federal district court. You will need an experienced SSA disability attorney if you want to appeal a decision to the federal court system.
Checking Your Social Security Disability Status?
Following the above steps can help you monitor the status of your Social Security disability claim. If you have questions or you want help with an SSDI or SSI disability claim, contact the experienced Social Security disability lawyers of Acadia Law Group.
During a free consultation, you learn more about the SSA disability claims process and how our legal team can help you file for disability benefits. Call our toll-free number 1-800-653-4600 to speak with a representative today.