If you think you’d like to apply for disability benefits, you’ll first need to determine if you’d qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both. In order to qualify, you need to have a disability that is listed in the SSA's Blue Book.
For more information on qualifying for SSDI or SSI, and how the SSA defines disability, you can fill out our free disability evaluation above to be connected with a Social Security advocate or attorney in your area. A lawyer may be able to help you fill our the SSDI application or file an appeal for a denied claim.
The easiest way to apply for disability is online, but you can also make an appointment at your local SSA office to apply in person, or you can call the SSA to apply over the phone if you’re unable to get to an office. The SSDI application is available online.
Keep in mind that millions of people apply for disability benefits every year, so odds are greater that you’ll be denied than approved.
Because of the high denial rates, you should learn as much as you can about disability benefits and the SSDI application process. A Social Security disability attorney or advocate can help familiarize you with the process.
To get assistance understanding the process, you should fill out our free evaluation to get connected with an advocate or attorney who can help.
There are over 1,300 SSA offices scattered throughout the country, so you should be able to apply in person at a location near you. Every state has at least four offices where you can apply.
If you would like assistance with your SSDI application scheduling an appointment at your closest SSA office, you can fill out our free evaluation to get connected with a disability attorney in your area.
SSDI application denials are unfortunately very common, but not all hope is lost if your claim is indeed denied. The SSA has a thorough appeals process, from simply requesting your claim is reviewed online, to fighting your claim in federal court.
A denial can still be difficult to overcome, so for your best chance of approval, please complete a free evaluation to have a non-obligational and free consultation with a disability attorney in your area.