How to Apply for Social Security Disability

You may be eligible for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration if you have a medical condition that restricts you from working or is expected to prevent you from working for at least the next 12 months.

You should apply for disability benefits as soon as possible once you're unable to work or maintain gainful employment due to your medical condition. There are two ways you can apply:

  • Online on the SSA's website
  • Over the phone

Information Needed to Start Your Disability Application

The SSA will ask for your basic information such as:

  • name,
  • address,
  • Social Security number
  • dates of employment
  • employers' names
  • type of work you performed
  • total income
  • medical treatment

The final decision on whether to approve or deny your claim will be made by the Disability Determination Services office. The DDS will conduct a thorough examination of all of the information and medical records provided in your application. Even though the Social Security Administration uses the Blue Book of qualifying medical conditions, the DDS will approve or deny your claim regardless of whether your exact condition is listed. The DDS will also evaluate whether you can return to the type of work you preformed before you were disabled, or any other type of work.

How We Can Help

Disability applications can be overwhelming, especially when coping with your severe condition through the process. With the odds against you gaining approval for a claim filed during the SSD application process, you should fill out a free case evaluation to get help with your disability claim.

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