How Do I Apply For Social Security Disability

Jun 27, 2011 No Comments by

Question: How do I apply for Social Security disability?

Answer: There are several ways. You can:

  • Do it online, as long as you don’t need to file a claim for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the disability benefits that are available if you have low income and few resources. The online process is not as user friendly as you might like. I don’t recommend it that highly.
  • Call Social Security’s at 1-800-772-1213 and schedule an appointment to file a claim. That is what I usually recommend. Accept that there may be some delay before you get to talk to a real person when you call that 800 number.
  • Try to call your local Social Security office and schedule an appointment to file a claim. It’s almost impossible to get though to your local Social Security office on the phone. I don’t recommend this.
  • Go to your local Social Security office in person and insist on filing the claim then and there. They are supposed to let you file the claim then and there but they’ll try to put you off with an appointment later. At best, you’ll probably spend a lot of time waiting. I don’t recommend this process.
  • Contact us. We can help. You’re still going to have to talk with Social Security but we can help.

Any way that you do it, other than going to the Social Security field office and insisting on filing the claim then and there, you’re going to get a packet of papers in the mail that you must fill out and return to Social Security. Until you do this, you haven’t filed your claim.

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.