How Do I Apply for Social Security Disability?


Applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) can sound overwhelming and daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. We have provided a basic step-by-step guide that can help you understand the application process.

Gather Information

Before you fill out your application, you will need to gather all of the necessary information in order to apply. Preparing this information and these documents beforehand will save you the headache of having to do so after you have started filling out your application. In order to receive SSD benefits, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Personal Information (i.e. Social Security number, your children’s information, and your bank account number—if you wish for the money to be directly deposited)
  • Medical Condition Information ( i.e. the name of your doctor and detailed information about the illness/injury/condition)
  • Work Information (i.e. employer information, amount of money you earned last year, work compensation information, etc.)

You will also need to provide your birth certificate, proof of citizenship, W-2 form(s), and medical evidence in the form of documentation. Gathering this information beforehand will make it easier for you once you open your application.

Your Application

There are three ways that you can use to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. The easiest way may be online (if you are over 18), but if you do not have immediate computer access, you can also apply in person by visiting your local Social Security field office or by phone. If you choose to apply over the telephone, you may call 1-800-772-1213 (the line is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday).

Do You Need an Attorney?

Statistically speaking, most claimants are denied after submitting their initial application, whether represented by an attorney or not. After the claim has been denied, you will be able to apply for reconsideration or apply for a hearing with a judge who will consider your case. It is at this level that you should think hard about hiring an attorney to help represent you. While hiring an attorney does not guarantee you will receive Social Security Disability benefits, it will at least provide you the guarantee that your case will be adequately prepared prior to going before a judge. An attorney can help you prepare your case by:

  • Understanding Social Security rules and regulations
  • Knowing what the judge will be looking for when considering medical conditions
  • Asking your doctor the right questions

The Social Security Disability Insurance Program claims process can be difficult to navigate at any stage in the process. This process can especially be cumbersome  if you have been injured and are trying to manage your claim at the same time. At Summit Disability Law Group, we want to do everything in our power to make things easier for you. If we take your case, we will help you navigate through the claims process and paperwork, and help you avoid legal red tape that may cause you to be permanently denied benefits. If you have questions about how your condition affects your SSD claim, call us today at (801) 890-1030.

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