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How Do I Know If My Disability Claim Is Approved

Last updated: November 19, 2023

There may be signs that you will be approved for disability benefits, but you must fulfill your application with sufficient medical evidence. You must establish that you have been unable to work a minimum of one year as a result of your disability.

After submitting a claim, all applicants who have applied for disability benefits are notified by the Social Security Administration (SSA) via mail. You will receive an award letter if your claim is approved. On the other hand, if your claim is denied, you will receive a denial letter.

How Soon Should You Expect A Response To Your Disability Claim?

After applying for disability benefits, the SSA will thoroughly review your application. If needed, they can also request additional supporting documents to decide your claim. The time required to receive your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) award letter is dependent on the level of disability approval granted to your claim.

If you receive initial or reconsideration approval for SSDI or SSI, it may take a period of three months before you receive your disability award letter. On the other hand, if you are endorsed at the hearing level, you will first receive an approval notice from the hearing office.

This is a Notification of Determination. Meanwhile, your exact award notice detailing the amount of money you will obtain may take an additional six weeks to arrive.

How To Check The Status of A Disability Claim

Fortunately, you can check the status of your disability claim while waiting for the SSA to review your claim. There are two ways to check your pending claim — through the SSA's website or through their hotline.

You can check your disability benefits online at the SSA's website. While it may take a few moments to find your Social Security disability status claim, this is the most convenient and quickest method to check the status of your application. Before accessing, you need to create an online account called "my Social Security," which should take no more than a few minutes.

You can also contact the SSA by phone and speak with a specialist. They will be able to inform you when your application has been forwarded to the Disability Determination Services office in your location. Because these offices process claims, speaking with one of their representatives will give you comprehensive information about the status of your claim.

By monitoring the status of your disability claim, you will not only learn the status of your application but also whether there is anything you can do to expedite the process. The majority of applicants are denied on their first application. In this case, do not fret. You can still appeal if the decision that's been made on your claim is denied.

How Frequently Should You Check The Status Of Your Claim?

Remember to wait at least thirty days before calling your local Disability Determination Services office to inquire about your disability status. It typically takes about a month to collect and organize your medical records.

Additionally, some doctors and medical departments take longer to send out medical records than others. Due to the fact that little can be done with your claim until all required information is collected, it is prudent to follow up after the first month to determine if they require any additional information. 

If you are missing any critical documents, you can contact your doctor to expedite the process. After receiving all of your medical records, the application can be reviewed and an initial decision on your disability claim made will be made.


For the most part, it is your responsibility to make sure that everything is going smoothly in your Social Security disability application.
And while the final decision still rests with the SSA, there are plenty of ways you can speed up the process by submitting sufficient and necessary documents beforehand. Visit our page to learn more about how long does a disability claim take. To learn more about calculating your Social Security disability payment, head over to Disability Help today!

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