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How can I check the status of my Social Security disability application?

Social Security Disability applications take time to be processed and must pass through various screening processes before a decision on the disability claim is made. Once you submit your disability claim, it goes to a local office where it is processed and evaluated. Part of this evaluation involves gathering your medical records and other relevant information regarding your claim. As a general rule of thumb, it takes about a month’s time before all of the required information is on file with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

There are two ways to check the status of your Social Security Disability application:

  • You can check the status of your application online at the SSA website. It takes a minute or so to locate a particular file, but this is the most convenient and fastest way to find out the status of your application.
  • You contact the SSA by phone and speak with a representative. They will be able to let you know when your application was turned over to your local Disability Determination Services office. Since these offices process your application, talking to one of their representatives will provide you with detailed information regarding the status of your claim.

Keep in mind that you should wait at least thirty days before contacting your local Disability Determination Services office. It generally takes about a month to gather your medical records and assemble your file. In addition, some doctors and medical offices take longer than others with regard to sending out the medical records.

Since there is little that can be done with your claim until all of the required information is gathered, it is wise to check in after the first month to see if they need any additional information. If you are missing key information, then you can contact your doctor and speed the process along. Once your medical records are all submitted, the application can then be reviewed and an initial determination can be made on your disability claim.