Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Calling Social Security to Check on a Disability Claim or Report Information

I've written a number of times regarding how important it is to contact social security if you have a change in your situation that may include, but is not limited to: 1. changing your contact information, such as your address or phone number, 2. reporting work activity, 3. reporting changes in income. And I've also mentioned the importance of calling social security if you have a pending claim for social security disability benefits or SSI disability benefits to A) verify that forms you have submitted have actually been received (its amazing how often they don't receive forms that have been mailed in) and B) check the status of your disability case.

And on those webpages, I'm sure I've mentioned that calling social security can be a difficult and treacherous proposition. Difficult because getting through on the public line to a local social security office can mean making a lot of phone calls (I mean a LOT of phone calls) and treacherous because calling the national 1-800 number can mean getting all sorts of incorrect information delivered to you at the hands of a call center staffer who has never touched a disability claim in any real sense (unfortunately, claimants don't find out how incorrect and faulty the information is until a later time when they exclaim "But I called the 1-800 number and they told me...").

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