Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a complicated and lengthy process. While your application is pending, one of the most helpful things that you can do is to keep checking on its status.
Why You Want to Keep Up-to-Date on the Status of Your SSDI Application
There are four basic reasons to track the status of your Social Security application periodically while waiting for a decision on your eligibility for benefits. Here is why this is so important:
- You ensure that the Social Security Administration (SSA) received your application and that it is moving through the evaluation process.
- You can verify that the information being used to decide your case is accurate.
- You can keep the examiner assigned to decide your application updated on important information to your case. You will also be available to answer the examiner’s questions.
- You can do whatever you can to assist in providing the disability examiner with the medical records he needs to approve your application.
How to Check the Status of Your Disability Application
You can track the progress on your disability application in two ways:
- Check the status on the SSA website. This is the fastest and quickest way to keep updated.
- Call the SSA and speak with a Social Security representative. This may provide you with more information since you would be speaking to someone directly.
For both ways of tracking your application, you will need the following information:
- Your personal information, such as your name and Social Security number
- Your home address
- Your email address
- Phone number where the SSA can reach you
How Often Should You Check on the Status of Your Application?
You should wait about 30 days after filing your application to track its status. It is a good idea to check on it at that point to be sure it was filed and to see if the SSA needs any additional information from you. You should track the progress on your application on a regular basis after that.
Our experienced disability attorneys understand the importance of periodically checking on the status of your application and can assist you with all aspects of filing your claim. To learn more about how we can help you, fill out our online form to schedule your free consultation.