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Social Security Application

 

To apply for SSI benefits, you can:

Complete the Adult Disability Report or the Child Disability Report online, and schedule an appointment to complete the SSI application; or

Schedule an appointment with your local office and complete the application process.  If you are represented, your attorney or advocate will handle this for you.  However, it is not unusual that the social security office will have some unanswered questions and will need to speak with you directly. 

 

 

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Social Security Applications Cannot be Completed Online

 

Only the Disability Reports can be completed online. The Social Security Administration does not have an online application for SSI benefits. But you can complete an online Adult Disability Report which is part of the application process. You must complete the application process at your local office.

 

To schedule an appointment with your local office, call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Disability Determination Services

SSA will review your application to make sure you meet some basic requirements for disability benefits and evaluate any current work activities. If you meet these requirements, the social security administration will send your application to the Disability Determination Services office in your state.

This state agency completes the disability decision for the Social Security Administration. Doctors and disability specialists in the state agency ask your doctors for information about your condition. They will consider all the facts in your case. They will use the medical evidence from your doctors and hospitals, clinics or institutions where you have been treated and all other information. They will ask your doctors:

What your medical condition is;

When your medical condition began;

How your medical condition limits your activities;

What the medical tests have shown; and

What treatment you have received.

They also will ask the doctors for information about your ability to do work-related activities, such as walking, sitting, lifting, carrying and remembering instructions. Your doctors are not asked to decide if you are disabled.

The state agency staff may need more medical information before they can decide if you are disabled. If more information is not available from your current medical sources, the state agency may ask you to go for a special examination. The social security administration prefers to ask your own doctor, but sometimes the exam may have to be done by someone else. Social Security will pay for the exam and for some of the related travel costs.

To qualify for social security disability you must have the requisite work history with eligible work credits and  your condition is such that you are expected to be unable to work for 12 months or more.  The entire process from initial application to the administrative law judge level takes approximately 18 months to 24 months or more. 

When you apply, you will need specific pieces of information such as your social security number, your date of birth, names and addresses of all health care providers, names of medications you are currently prescribed, identity of the medical tests you've incurred, list of jobs you've worked in the past 15 years before you became disabled and information on any other benefits you have received as a result of your disability. 

The online application process will take you approximately 2 hours.  It is essential that you have all of your information available for the application.  An Adult Disability checklist will help when you apply.  It will help you in collecting the information needed for the application.  We can take the stress out of this process by completing it on your behalf. 

source: ssa.gov

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