Applying for Social Security Disability

Do I Need A Social Security Lawyer When I Apply For Social Security?

Although it is not necessary to have a representative to apply, a social security attorney can assist you both in filling out the application, and gathering the medical information you will need for your case. Do I Need A Lawyer For My Social Security Case?

How To Apply For Social Security

You can apply online for social security disability insurance benefits. https://secure.ssa.gov/iClaim/dib
If you are applying for SSI, you cannot use the online application.

You can apply for any type of Social Security benefits by visiting any Social Security office. In is best to call ahead for an appointment: 1-800-772-1213. In some cases, you can schedule a telephone appointment to complete the application.

What Information will I need to apply for Social Security Disability benefits.

The following is a summary of some of the information you will need.

Identification (name, date of birth, Social Security Number) for yourself, and your current and any former spouse, or your minor children.
Your banking information, to allow for direct deposit of benefits.
Names, addresses, phone numbers and dates of treatment for all doctors, hospitals, or other places you have received treatment.
The medicines you are taking and who prescribed them, and information about any medical tests, such as X-Rays, blood work, etc.
How much you have earned this year, and the prior year.
A list of any jobs you have had in the past 15 years.
Information about any other benefits you are receiving, such as workers’ compensation or governmental disability insurance

What Happens After I Apply For Disability

The Social Security Office may contact you for additional information. The application will be reviewed to see whether you meet both the disability, and the other requirements to receive the benefits that you applied for. Medical records will be obtained, and in some cases, they may schedule a disability evaluation by one of their physicians or psychologists.

A written decision will be mailed to you.

What If My Social Security Claim is Denied?

If your claim is denied, you will have 60 days to appeal. What To Do If You’ve Been Denied Social Security Disability

If you are not already represented, this would be a good time to consult with a social security attorney.

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