Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance can be a stressful experience. You must provide information about your disabling condition from your physician and see the Social Security Administration's physician before the SSA even begins considering your claim. In many cases, the SSA rejects claims, requiring you to file an appeal. The initial processing of your claim can take 60 days or more, making it tempting to call about your status. Check your status once or twice while you are waiting for a decision; every time you check, make sure the SSA has all the paperwork it needs to move forward on your claim.
The website Social Security Disability Claims ESP states that it takes about 30 days for the Social Security Administration to receive all of your medical records from your health care providers after you apply for Social Security. Therefore, you should check your status after 30 days to make sure that the SSA has received all the records it needs and that there are no delays in getting important information to the SSA that it needs to make its decision.
If all of your medical records have been received, ask if the SSA needs anything else to finish processing your claim. The SSA may need to receive paperwork from your references or receive a questionnaire from you. If you have to turn in paperwork, do so as soon as possible after the conversation. Contact anyone else from whom the SSA is waiting for information and remind that person to submit the information. Follow up with each contact within a week to make sure he has submitted the information.
The Social Security Disability Resource Center says that Social Security claims are rarely decided before 45 days have passed. In addition, if the SSA asked you for additional information when you called after 30 days, you should follow up at the 45-day mark to make sure the SSA has received everything it needs to process your claim. If the SSA is still processing the claim, ask whether you can provide any additional information to help the SSA process the claim faster. Confirm your address with the SSA to make sure that any decision it makes goes to the right address.
If you can afford to do so, hire an attorney to help you with your SSA claim. Your attorney can check on the claim status for you as well as advise you as to the best course of action to take to get your claim approved. Your attorney can also communicate with the SSA on your behalf at all stages of the application process. If the SSA rejects your claim for any reason, your attorney can also help you file an appeal.