Receiving Social Security disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) can be life changing.
Unfortunately, the process of getting a check is quite lengthy.
If you are wondering what’s going on with your disability check, hiring an attorney to be your authorized representative can be a big help.
Ways to Inquire About the Status of a Disability Check
You can contact SSA for your disability check status. For the quickest way to check the status, sign in to your Social Security account and check online.
If you don’t have an account set up, SSA provides a handy video guide to show you how.
If you’d like to check the status with an SSA representative, you can call, email, write a letter, or visit a local office.
To prepare for your conversation, make sure you have the following information at hand:
- Your phone number,
- Your email address,
- Your Social Security number, and
- Your mailing address.
If you’ve applied recently and haven’t received any communication from SSA, checking the status of your application is a great idea.
Sometimes applications can get lost, SSA is waiting for documentation from your doctor, or they are verifying your previous employment.
It’s important for you to know what SSA is waiting on for them to process your application.
That way, you can contact your doctor or your previous employer to make sure they are sending the proper paperwork to SSA.
Benefits Waiting Period
If you’ve received notice from SSA that your claim has been approved, generally you will need to wait five months from the date you became disabled for your benefits to begin.
Your first full month paid will be the sixth month you were disabled. Let’s say you became disabled on May 12, 2021, and applied June 5, 2021.
If you are approved, you would receive benefits and your disability check starting the sixth full month you are disabled. In this example it would be November 2021.
However, there are exceptions to this.
For instance, if you are disabled from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and approved for benefits, then there is no waiting period from the date you are disabled.
You would receive benefits from the first full month you were disabled, rather than the sixth.
If you have not received notice that your Social Security disability benefits are approved yet but are in your waiting period, you could qualify for compassion allowance, which allows for expedited processing of your disability check.
Consider Cottrell Law Office
Whether you know that your Social Security disability has been approved or you’re still waiting on a decision from your initial application or appeal, consider hiring Cottrell Law Office to advocate for you as your authorized representative.
Cottrell Law Office has been in practice for over 32 years and will make your fight for justice their priority. Cottrell Law Office is a law firm with compassion.