Social Security Disability Definitions
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
The Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial
Social Security Disability and SSI Denials
Social Security Disability and SSI Appeals
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Disability Benefits offered through Social Security
Benefits through SSI disability
Disability Benefits for Children
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify
Social Security Disability and Working
Winning your Disability Benefits
Social Security Disability Back Pay Benefits
Social Security Disability SSI Awards and Award Notices
Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney
Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
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Filing for Disability Online or over the phone
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.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria