How will the Coronavirus (COVID-19) affect my Social Security disability claim? The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted many aspects of our lives and the Social Security disability claims process is no exception.  With the closing of the Social Security Administration (SSA)’s field and hearing offices, and with staff working from home, there have been changes in the way the SSA is conducting business.  In this blog, I will describe some of these changes and their impact on filing a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the processing of an SSDI or SSI claim, and participation in a Social Security Disability hearing.

You are not currently able to walk into your local field office to file a new claim.  For a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim, you will need to file an application online at www.ssa.gov.  For a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim, you will need to contact the Social Security Administration’s toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 and set up a date and a time to complete the application over the phone. 

In summary, the challenges that COVID-19 has presented to your Social Security disability claim are not desirable.  If you are waiting for your claim to be processed in the initial stages, you may be waiting for an extended period.  If you have a hearing scheduled, you will ultimately have to decide whether to accept a telephone hearing with the SSA.  Your hearing is an important day in your life, and I urge you to discuss what a telephone hearing is like with the SSA or your qualified representative