How to Check on Disability Claims

If you are disabled, then receiving disability benefits supplements your income.
If you are disabled, then receiving disability benefits supplements your income. (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) allows people with disabilities to apply for disability benefits. If you file a disability claim with the SSA, a state agency processes your disability claim and reviews your medical records. Since time differs as to how long the state agency takes to process a claim, you wait to hear if your claim was accepted or denied for over two weeks. Different methods exist that allow you to check the status and progress of your disability claim.

Things You'll Need

  • Social security number
  • Disability application confirmation number

Find the date of when you filed your disability claim. Since the state disability processing agency has to go through a long process and access your medical records, you may not want to check the status of your claim within the 30 days after you filed. Disability claims take up to 90 days or longer to process.

Visit the SSA website and click on the link to “Disability.” Click on the link to “Check Application Status” on the Disability web page. Enter your Social Security number and your disability application's confirmation number to check the status of your disability application.

Contact your local Social Security office as another option to check the status of your disability claim. Call or visit the office in person. The SSA website has a web page that allows you to search by your zip code for the nearest Social Security office.

Contact the state agency, usually known as Disability Determination Services (DDS), that processes your disability claim. Find the phone number for your state agency from your local Social Security office.

Call DDS and ask to speak with the state examiner considering your disability claim application. The examiner provides you with an update on your disability status, but information tends to be restricted until a final decision.

Call the toll free SSA number at 1-800-772-1213 to find out the status of your disability claim. Be aware that the toll free number may not be up-to-date on your claim and correct information is not guaranteed.

Tips & Warnings

  • If over three months have passed and you have not heard anything yet regarding your disability claim, it is possible that the SSA's letter to you was lost in the mail. You should begin inquiring about your claim with the SSA or your local Social Security office.
  • Visit the SSA's Disability web page if you would like to appeal a decision made regarding your disability claim.

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