How To File For SSI

May 28, 2011 No Comments by

When I hear someone ask how to file for SSI, I am reminded of Paul Simon’s song, “There must be 50 ways to leave your lover.” Actually, there aren’t 50 way to file for SSI but the just like leaving a lover, the issue usually isn’t so much how to do it as it is mustering the courage to do it.

How to file for SSI is pretty simple — either you call Social Security and schedule an appointment — or you hire a lawyer to help you do it. You cannot file an SSI claim online. Yes, you can file other types of Social Security claims online but not SSI.

I talk about it taking the issue of how to file for SSI being more one of mustering the courage to do it than of actually doing it but, in truth, the barrier to filing the SSI claim is mostly psychological. It’s not that hard actually getting the claim filed. It gets a bit harder afterwords if you get turned down and you probably will. Why do people have psychological barriers to filing for SSI? People have trouble coming to terms with being disabled. They think that if they don’t admit it, that the problem will just go away. They are afraid that it they admit that they are disabled that they can never go back to being healthy again. Filing an SSI disability claim is no more permanent than a woman’s nail color. If you get feeling better later, you can always drop the claim. No one is going to know you filed the claim unless you tell them. Social Security has its problems but keeping secrets isn’t one of them. They don’t tell anyone that you have filed for SSI.

In the end, if you want to know how to file for SSI, you just do one of two things. Contact this law firm at 1-866-425-5347 for a free case evaluation or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213.

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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.