We often get frustrated when trying to complete paperwork for government benefit programs. The forms can be confusing. Right now, it isn’t easy to get face-to-face help from Social Security staff. Because of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to use alternative methods. For example, Social Security just rolled out a new online option for submitting a disability update report. If you are currently receiving benefits, you might be looking for more information. The following article should help clear things up for you.
What Is a Disability Update Report?
It is a report filed by people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. The Social Security Administration (Social Security), which manages SSDI benefits, requires a Continuing Disability Review (CDR). In fact, the law requires that Social Security conduct these reviews periodically to make sure people still qualify for benefits.
When Does the Report Have to Be Submitted?
Social Security sends a request to SSDI beneficiaries. Depending on the type of disability, your case might be reviewed anywhere from three to seven years. For example, if your condition is not expected to improve, Social Security generally has a CDR every seven years.
After receiving your request, you will need to complete your disability update report. In most cases, this amounts to a self-evaluation. Then, you will need to submit the report to Social Security for review, and this is where the new option makes things a little more convenient.
How Can I Submit my Disability Update Report?
Here’s the main focus of our article – the new online option. It’s suggested that you use either Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome to access the online disability update report form.
You will need to provide information like your Social Security number, contact information, and a valid email address.
Along with the form, you will submit any documents that support your continued disability. Social Security might want to see your medical reports and test results depending on your disability and its severity.
Some people might be confused by the need to digitally sign the form. However, Social Security provides instructions about how to accomplish this important task. In fact, you will receive an email about completing your digital signature. Your disability update report will not be filed until you sign it.
Submitting Your Disability Update Report – Only Part of Your SSDI Benefits
First, you have to navigate the complicated and challenging application process. If your first-time application is denied (like many other people’s), Social Security’s appeal process is even more complex. It helps to have an experienced Social Security attorney by your side every step of the way.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Martin Taller have the experience and ability to take on your case. For a free consultation, call us at 714-385-8100. We assist clients throughout Southern California from our home office in Anaheim.