FAQ: What if I Move While Waiting for a
Social Security Disability Hearing?
Given the long wait time for a Social Security disability hearing, many claimants may be faced with a situation wherein they have to move. Although a claimant is not required to refile upon a change of address, moving can change not only the claimant’s hearing location but also the wait time associated with the hearing process.
Because a claimant’s hearing location is based on the address that Social Security has on file, it is essential that claimants for Social Security disability update the Social Security Administration (SSA) with their current contact information. If the address is not current not only may a claimant not receive important information from SSA, but they also may be required to travel long distances due to the location of the hearing being at their former address.
Moving within the same city will not have any bearing on the disability process other than updating the contact information with SSA. However, if a claimant does move out of state, the wait time associated with a Social Security disability may be increased depending on the area to which the claimant is moving. Many claimants will have to wait additional time due to their case being transferred to a different Social Security hearing office. Also, depending on the distance associated with moving, a claimant’s attorney may not be able to represent the claimant in his or her hearing. It is important that claimants who have moved while waiting for a disability hearing contact the SSA and their attorneys as soon as possible so as to prevent any undue wait.
For more information on how moving can affect the Social Security disability hearing process, contact an experienced Social Security disability attorney at Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. today at 251-343-1111 for a free case evaluation. Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. represents Social Security disability claimants in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Louisiana at all levels of the disability process from initial application to appeals to Federal Court.