The most difficult part of the entire Social Security application process is definitely the initial wait. You don’t know what’s going on and it’s very hard to get any useful information from the SSA itself. If you’ve done the whole process on your own, you will have to be the one making each and every follow up phone call to every doctor, counselor, employer and the person assigned to you by the SSA when that time comes. That may not be a permanent person so don’t get too attached to them, it changes very frequently over time.
You have a couple ways to keep track of the status of your application and while most are slow, one option seems to give you a little bit more information and probably lift your spirits a little. Let’s take a look at these status checking options.
The Social Security Administration website, here, provides a huge wealth of information and once you make an account, you will be in their registry and you can check a lot of what’s going on. This can be quite a bit faster than the phone when it’s working properly but it can go down for maintenance often and on the 1 http://www.theinnocents.org/festivals.html
st of the month it can be overloaded so you may have to wait a bit and keep trying.
The exact page you’ll be taken to is the “Application Status Page” found here but many people prefer going to the main page to see if any important updates are visible there. Some may alter specific items you need to submit or show you a list of recent changes.
Calling the Social Security Administration for anything is a very frustrating endeavor and we highly recommend you do this last unless you live in a very low population state like Wyoming or North Dakota. Wait times can be longer than your phone battery and you may go through the menu dozens of times as it responds to voice only, not key presses. If you get a live person do NOT let them off the phone until all your questions have been answered.
Attorneys and Advocates
Hopefully you took this route before even starting the application process. If not, you may still have time to speak with a company that specializes in Social Security and decide if what they offer is right for you. People who are disabled often can’t or don’t want to go through this process alone and a third-party company is time-saving, affordable and simple to connect with and start using. This is the very best option no matter who you are and what your disability is. These companies have been doing this for a long time, know every law, even recent changes and know exactly what the SSA looks for when approving and denying applications.
Third-party companies will also walk you through the appeal process should it come down to that (in many cases it will) and help you understand why you were denied.