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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.








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  • SSDRC Homepage:

    Social Security Disability and SSI Resource Center



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    Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    More Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    Common Questions about Social Security Disability and SSI

    Winning Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    The SSI Disability Benefits Program

    Medical exams for disability claims

    Applying for Disability in various states

    Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs

    Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews

    Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children




    Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative

    What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

    Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney

    Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits

    FAQ on Disability Claim Representation

    Disability hearings before Judges

    Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers




    Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits

    Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability

    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

    Disability Benefits through Social Security




    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records

    Filing your claim for disability benefits

    Eligibility for receiving disability benefits

    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




    Resources on this site

    Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions

    Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI






    For Individuals living in North Carolina

    Applying for Disability in North Carolina

    North Carolina Disability Lawyer




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    How do I file for my children and spouse if I am Receiving SSDI?
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    How do I win disability benefits in North Carolina?
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    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