How Often Should You Call?
It's a good idea to place a call once every 3 months to find out what your status is. This way, if the decision has been made and you didn't know about it, you'll still have time to file your appeal. If you're being represented by a lawyer, he can find out your claim status for you when you request it.
If you should happen to make a call and find out that a decision was made you will not be given the information over the phone. You'll have to wait for the decision to arrive by mail so always keep your address updated with the Social Security Administration. If your claim decision is mailed to the wrong address, it can be disastrous.
In some cases once a decision has been made you won't receive information about it by mail anytime soon. Some claims are sent to the disability equality branch for a quality control review. At this stage of the game the decision may be changed. The person in charge of reviewing the case may find that the examiner working on the claim made an error.
The best way to deal with a Social Security disability claim is to work through a lawyer. He'll make sure that all of the paperwork is filled out correctly and filed on time. When you're doing it on your own there is the possibility that a mistake will be made and that your claim will be disapproved due to faulty paperwork alone. Don't take this chance. Use a lawyer that is experienced with the disability claim system and knows exactly what is involved and needed to help you win your case.