What to Do While Social Security Disability/SSI Claim is Pending

When you have a claim pending for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) and/or Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) Payments, it is important that you understand the Social Security disability process. You must provide relevant updates to the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) and the Disability Determination Service (“DDS”). If you are waiting for an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) Hearing it is also important that you update the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (“ODAR”) regarding relevant changes in your life. If you fail to advise SSA of significant changes, it is possible your claim can be denied for the wrong reasons.

Our office helps individuals understand the Social Security disability process, and more importantly know what steps have to be taken before a decision is issued. When we assist individuals with claims, our attorneys advise our clients on the law, and obtain relevant documentation from your doctors to prove your disability. If you are denied benefits, we make sure that your appeal is filed timely, and explain the appeals process to you.

The following articles provide suggestions on what you should do while you are waiting for a disability decision.

If you are not currently being represented for your Social Security Disability/SSI claim and decide that you want the assistance of an attorney, please call our office at (302)613-0707 to schedule a free initial consultation, or use our contact form to request additional information.

We are available to provide you with an evaluation of your claim and assist with providing information to the SSA about changes that have occurred since you have filed for benefits. We can help our clients with completion of forms that are sent by SSA or DDS, and we obtain important information from your doctors to help prove that you are disabled. If you have been denied benefits, you can meet with an attorney to discuss filing a request for reconsideration or a request for an Administrative Law Judge hearing. Our lawyers limit their practice to Social Security Disability claims and our staff is knowledgeable in the requirements of all the Social Security disability programs. We offer our assistance at any level of the Social Security Disability/SSI process if our attorneys determine that you qualify for our legal representation. We represent clients in Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.