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Overview of Disability

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How long does Disability take?

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Mental Disability Benefits

Denials for Disability

Appeals for denied claims

Disability Benefits from SSA

SSI Benefits

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

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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

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How do I File and Apply for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits?
How Do I Find Out How My Disability Appeal Is Going?
How Do I Apply For Disability - What Is The First Step?
Will I Qualify For SSI and How Do I Get Approved?
How do I file for my children and spouse if I am Receiving SSDI?
Social Security Hearing- How do I Request one, how long will it take?
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How do I win disability benefits in North Carolina?
How Do I Know If I Qualify For Disability in North Carolina?
Filing a second application for disability

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