SSA- Checking the application status for disability benefitsIf you have filed your disability application and waited weeks or months to find out if you have been denied or approved you may wonder if there is a fast and easy way to check the application status of your SSDI and SSI claim. There are several steps you can take to find out if the SSA has received your information and if they are currently processing your SSI or SSDI case.
How do I find out the status of my SSI or SSDI case after filing the application?
Thousands of SSI and SSDI applications are filed each month either over the phone, in person at the local field office or online at www.ssa.gov. If you have completed the SSI or SSDI application with any of these methods you have several options for checking the status of your disability case.
- Over the phone using the SSA National 800-Number Claim Status Automated Telephone System (1-800-772-1213). Information can be provided only if you have filed for disability benefits. To use the system you must also have your confirmation number, which should have been given to you when you filed your application at the local field office, over the phone or online. If you filed your claim in person the confirmation number should have been given to you by a field representative. If you filed online the confirmation number should have been generated automatically.
- Online application status verification- The second option is checking your SSDI or SSI application online. If you go to www.ssa.gov you can check the status of your completed retirement, survivor or disability application. According to the SSA you will need to allow 5 days from the date you originally filed your application before you use this service. The SSA will require you to enter your social security number as well as your confirmation number.
Finding out the status of my case at the reconsideration or hearing level
If your case is at the reconsideration or the hearing level and you would like to know the status the most important step is to understand where your case is currently being reviewed and see if you can talk to someone in that particular office.
For instance, if you have filed a reconsideration your application is generally with the disability examiner in the appropriate state Disability Determination Services Office. Tracking the right office down can be tough. If you live in Texas, for example, a simple Google search such as DDS office Texas can generate the address and phone number of the DDS office. Try a similar search for your state to find out the office where your claim may be, or talk to the SSA.
If you are waiting for a hearing your case should have been assigned to the appropriate Hearing Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). The U.S. is divided into regions and your case will have been assigned to the proper region. Review more information on the SSA website Hearing Office Locator for the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. On this site you can determine what hearing office will hear your case.
Too tired and disabled to make this type of effort?
If this all sounds terribly boring and complicated it may be time to talk to a disability lawyer. Unfortunately, if you are sick and disabled and unable to work you also may not have the time or energy to track down your application periodically and determine the status. Disability lawyers have the experience to do this all for you.