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
Disability Denials and Filing 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 Back Pay and the disability award notice
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
SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
Ask a question, get an answer
Who Do I Contact at Social Security To File For SSD or SSI Disability?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
If you are filing for disability benefits in either the SSDI (social security disability insurance) or SSI (supplemental security income) programs, or in both programs if your claim becomes a concurrent claim, you must contact the Social Security Administration.
This can be done in a few ways. You can go online at the Social Security website and file an application for Social Security disability. This application method is fine but it does not allow you to file an SSI disability claim. And since most applicants who begin the process will not know if their claim will be for social security disability, SSI, or perhaps both programs in an concurrent claim, it may not be time-productive to utilize the online process. Furthermore, if you file for SSD or SSI online, you will not have the same opportunity that applicants who file in person have, which is to ask questions from a live person, in this case a CR, or claims representative at a local social security office.
Additionally with regard to filing a claim through the internet, you must complete the disability medical report form online, print a medical release form, and return the forms to your local Social Security office. This method almost always requires contact from your local Social Security office, meaning you will almost always have to be contacted by someone at the social security office so they can ask you questions for the purpose of gathering additional information, or clarifying information. This, of course, eliminates any perceived advantage of filing online. Which makes the other contact methods more attractive.
If you decide not to file online, you can contact your local office by phone. Or, if you go into the office, you can be scheduled for a disability claim interview with a claims representative. The claims representative will complete your disability applications, disability report form, and have you sign the medical release form there, or, after the interview, they can mail out the remaining forms for you to sign and return.
Other than these methods, you can file your disability application with the immediate claims taking unit by calling the toll free Social Security number. While this method is available, very often you will still have to go to your local Social Security office to return your medical release forms and eligibility proof documents if you do not wish to mail your original or certified documents to the immediate claims taking unit.
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
Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The Disability Decision Process and What gets taken into Consideration | Getting Denied for Disability Benefits | Questions about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | Social Security Disability Hearings | Social Security Medical Examinations | Social Security SSI Doctors | Social Security Disability Representation | Social Security Disability SSI Reviews