How do I Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Before you start applying for Social Security Disability benefits it is helpful to obtain certain information that you will need for the application beforehand.  The Disability Starter Kit includes fact sheets, checklists and worksheets that will help you organize the information you will need to apply. 

There are 3 basic ways to apply for Social Security Disability Benefits:

  1. Call or visit your local Social Security office to schedule an appointment to do the application in person.
  2. Call the toll-free number for Social Security.
  3. Complete the application online.

In order to schedule an appointment with Social Security to complete an application for disability in person, you must first determine the location of your local office.  In order to determine your local office you can call the administration at 1-800-772-1213 and ask for your local office or use the Social Security Office Locator.  Here, you are able to input your zip code and the locator will give you the address, phone number and hours for the office nearest you.

A second way to complete a disability claim is over the phone.  You will need to contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 to begin an application over the phone.

The third option is to apply on the internet at www.socialsecurity.gov.  This is the preferred method and is how our firm assists clients who need help with their applications.  The online application typically takes about 1 hour plus however long it takes you to assemble the information in the Disability Starter Kit beforehand.  The application will take you through many questions about your medical conditions, work history and family life.  After you have completed the application you will receive a confirmation that your application has been received.  It is very important to save this confirmation in case there is ever any question about if and when you applied.  At some point after you complete your online application, the Social Security Administration will contact you or send you paperwork regarding your claim.

A Social Security Disability Application can be an intimidating process.  You do not have to apply for disability on your own.  Hutchens Law Firm can help you through this process and represent your interests throughout your claim.  If you would like help with your disability application or appeal, please contact our firm as soon as possible.