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Filing for Disability Online or over the phone
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
The first step to all Social Security disability applications is to file an application. You can file for disability by contacting your local Social Security office for an appointment either by phone or in person. Or, you can even use the Social Security disability application process online to file for Social Security disability.
Unfortunately, at this time you cannot file for SSI online. Consequently, if you think that you might qualify for Supplemental Security income disability you should schedule an appointment for your disability application either by phone or in person with your local Social Security office, because you will have to be contacted by Social Security to take your SSI claim anyway.
Make sure to complete all disability report forms online and return a signed medical release form to your local Social Security office if you decide to complete your disability application online. If you fail to complete all necessary forms and return your medical release forms, your disability claim will eventually be denied for failure to cooperate which means that your disability claim never went for a medical disability determination (i.e. was never sent to a disability examiner so that medical records could be gathered and evaluated).
If you choose a telephone appointment or office appointment, a claims representative will take your application for both programs and complete your disability report form for you. All you have to do is sign the medical release forms. Of course, if you do your disability claim by phone you still have to make sure that your local office receives your signed medical release form.
No matter how you decide to file your disability application, make sure that you provide Social Security with your medical sources, treatment dates, and special medical treatments as well as any information they need about your past work activity.
Once you file your application with Social Security and they receive all necessary forms, your disability claim will be sent to a state agency responsible for making all Social Security disability decisions.
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
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