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How to check a social security disability claim status

Updated February 21, 2017

Social Security does more than provide payments as a retirement supplementation. The Social Security system also sends monthly checks to those deemed disabled and, therefore, unable to work. If you find yourself in this situation, you need to file your claim promptly, provide thorough documentation regarding your disability and follow up to check the status of your claim.

Visit the Social Security office where your original disability claim was filed. You can find the address of your local office by visiting the Social Security Administration website (see the Resources section).

Take a number when you arrive at the Social Security office and wait. According to the Social Security Administration website, make sure that you have your identification with you, including your Social Security number and date of birth, as well as a driver's license or other official ID. It is helpful to bring copies of your disability claim and related paperwork as well.

Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 as an alternative to visiting the office. However, as of 2010, The Social Security and Disability Resource Center reports that the automated status information is sometimes incorrect.

Contact the Disability Determination Service (DDS) for your state. You can get the number for your nearest DDS office by contacting the Social Security office where your claim was filed.

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Based in Pennsylvania, Bonnie Conrad has been working as a professional freelance writer since 2003. Her work can be seen on Credit Factor, Constant Content and a number of other websites. Conrad also works full-time as a computer technician and loves to write about a number of technician topics. She studied computer technology and business administration at Harrisburg Area Community College.