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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How do I File and Apply for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits?
Should you file for disability benefits with the social security administration? The short answer is simply that if you have medical and/or mental conditions that have prevented you from working or have caused you to stop working or reduce your time on the job such that your earnings have dropped considerably, you should contact the Social Security Administration and file for Social Security disability.
Can you apply for disability while you are still working full-time? Yes and no. You can contact SSA and initiate a claim if you are working full-time; however, no medical processing will occur on your case. Instead, you will be issued an informal or "technical" denial that will be based on the fact that you are currently employed.
After you contact a local social security office, the Social Security administration will set up a disability appointment for you to file your social security disability claim.
What will you need to bring to the disability interview? You should be prepared to give Social Security the names of your physicians, dates of treatment, and any medications that you are taking.
Additionally, you will need to provide a work history, which includes the types of jobs that you have done in the past fifteen years as well as the dates that you performed each type of job.
Once you have completed your Social Security interview, your claim will be sent to the state agency responsible for Social Security medical decisions. At this agency, your claim will be reviewed by a disability examiner who will evaluate your medical records. Typically, a decision will be made within 3-4 months on your claim and, statistically, you will stand a thirty percent chance of being approved.
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