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SSDI- Applied, What next?

Many disability applicants are frustrated by the long wait to hear back from the Social Security Administration after they submit their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) application. You may have submitted your application and now you are wondering what do I do next?

There are not too many things you can do to expedite your disability case. There are millions, yes millions of applicants each year and your application is put in a pile with all the other cases (unless it has been expedited) so you are generally in for a long wait.

Can I do anything to speed up the SSDI disability process?

Even if you are not a wounded warrior or your condition is not on the Compassionate Allowance list (two groups that have their SSDI and SSI cases expedited) there are still steps you can take to make sure your case is processed as soon as possible.

1.       Follow up with the SSA about your Social Security Disability Insurance case

There are thousands of cases that are filed incorrectly and never reach the SSA. After you submit your disability case you can review the status online at  Click the check application status on the homepage, located on the left side of the screen, to find out the status of your case.

2.       If you have recent medical records give them to the SSA

Generally, the SSA will collect all of your medical records from your treating sources, but if you have them you can expedite the processing time by copying them and giving the copies to the SSA. Talk to your SSA representative first to find out the best way to do this.

3.       Check the status of your Social Security Disability Insurance case periodically

Do not barrage the SSA with endless annoying phone calls but a periodic call to make sure your paperwork is moving along can speed up your Social Security Disability Insurance case.

4.       Send requested information to the SSA as soon as possible

If the SSA sends you documentation to complete, do it quickly and accurately. A lot of time is wasted by claimants by letting disability requests linger for days or weeks.

5.       Don’t expect the SSA to do all the work for your Social Security Disability Insurance case.

Given that there are millions of claimants each year, if you wait for the SSA to do ANYTHING you will be waiting a long time. For instance, I occasionally hear from claimants complaining that the SSA has not sent them a SSDI or SSI disability form to fill out. Why wait for the SSA? All disability forms can be downloaded from the SSA website or better yet, fill out your application online. This could save you weeks of processing time.

Disability applicants should also understand the process and the requirements for SSDI or SSI. If you don’t qualify- don’t apply. This only clogs the system up for disability applicants who really are disabled and need assistance.

An easy way to see if you meet the basic requirements is to review the Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool which was created by the SSA to help claimants review whether or not they can get SSDI or SSI before they complete the application forms.