You didn’t want to apply for Social Security disability, but you finally realized you don’t have a choice. You can’t work, your savings are almost gone, and you need to keep going to the doctor if you want to have a chance at getting better. Are you supposed to just sit back and wait for your benefits to be approved, or is there something you can do in the meantime?

What Applicants Should Do While They Wait for a Social Security Disability Decision

There are many things disabled workers can do while they wait to hear back on a disability claim. Here are four of the most important actions to take in the weeks after you submit your application:

  • Apply for other kinds of benefits. Most disabled workers will qualify for multiple types of disability payments, including workers’ compensation, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and public assistance. You may also qualify for other state benefits or special funds from your employer, depending on your job status and where you work. You may wish to read through our free guide, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know, to find out which benefits you may be eligible to receive.
  • Check up on your claim. Do not assume that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is doing its best to process your case. Many applicants’ cases have been delayed due to SSA losing paperwork or failing to notify the applicant that his or her case has been denied. You should call to check up on the status of your case regularly while you wait for your decision.
  • Watch your appeal date. Another reason it’s important to check up on your claim is that you only have a short time after denial to file an appeal. If your claim has been denied, you need to know as quickly as possible, since you only have 65 days to file an appeal.
  • Contact an attorney. If you can’t seem to get a definitive answer from Social Security about the status of your claim, you may want to consult with an attorney. A legal representative can get you the answers you need and find out exactly what is holding up your case.

How Can I Check the Status of My Social Security Disability Application?

There are a number of ways to check on your application. First, you can go to Social Security’s website to find out if your application has been submitted properly. You can also call your local Social Security office and speak with a representative to make sure there are no problems with your application. If your case has already gone to a disability examiner, you may ask the Social Security office for the examiner’s office contact information. Finally, if you are awaiting a disability hearing date, you should contact the hearing office for a status update on the scheduling of your case.

If you would like us to follow up on the status of your case for you, click the contact link on this page to tell us about your disability and the issues you have been having. Your contact with us is free, and you owe us nothing unless we win your case.


Manfred Ricciardelli
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