Quick Tip: Update the Social Security Administration if Your Condition Worsens


Since it can take months to receive a decision on your Social Security disability claim, it’s understandable that there may be a change in your medical condition (for better or worse). The Social Security Administration (SSA) understand this, and will allow you to update your file with new information while it is awaiting an initial review. In fact, you are legally obligated to update the SSA if there are any changes in your condition.

Thankfully, updating your disability application is a fairly straightforward process. If you submitted your claim and it hasn’t be assigned to a claims examiner yet, you should be able to submit new evidence to your local SSA office in person or through the mail. If it has been assigned to a claims examiner, you should have received a notice from the SSA in the mail with the name of the examiner and the Disability Determination Services (DDS) mailing address. This is where you will send your updated medical information.

You will also have the opportunity to submit new evidence during the appeals process if you are denied for benefits. However, you should update the SSA on your condition as soon as possible; you never know if new information could lead to getting approved for benefits earlier in the process.

If your condition worsens and if affects your ability to take care of yourself (cooking, cleaning, getting dressed, using the restroom), then you should fill out a new Activities of Daily Living form with the updated information and send it to the appropriate office.

If you have any questions on where you should send new information, call the Social Security office to find out. An experienced disability attorney would also be able to help you update your file, and have a strong understanding of what information should be updated.