Overview of Disability
Disability Back Pay
Requirements for Disability
Applications for disability
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after a Denial
Mental Disability Benefits
Denials for Disability
Appeals for denied claims
Disability Benefits from SSA
Child Disability Benefits
Qualifications and How to Qualify
Working and Disability
Disability Awards and Notices
Disability Lawyers, Hiring Attorneys
Social Security List of Conditions
What Social Security considers disabling
Medical Evidence and Disability
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
SSD SSI Definitions
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Who Do I Contact at Social Security To File For SSD or SSI Disability?
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 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