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Where do you begin when applying for disability benefits in South Carolina?



 
Here's a recent question I came across: "Where do you begin when you are applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in South Carolina?"

There are two ways to answer this question. The first involves filing for disability, or, more specifically, where you file for disability. Regarding that issue, an individual may initiate a claim online by going to the social security administration's own website (this isn't the case for SSI claims--it only counts as a lead and you don't get protective filing benefits). Or they may initiate a claim by contacting their local social security office.

Which method is preferable? As a general rule of thumb, I typically advise claimants to contact their local office for several reasons. One is that, by doing this, a person can ask questions up-front regarding the disability application process and whether or not they may be eligible for disability based on various medical and non-medical factors (non-medical factors typically include income and asset issues). Secondly, as was stated, only Social Security Disability applications can be filed online.

However, there is a third reason which is this: even when disability claims are filed online, a claimant will usually need to communicate with the social security claims rep who is handling their application.

This is typically for the purpose of clarifying information or gathering additional information. Therefore, it makes perfect sense for an individual who wishes to apply for disability to simply initiate the process by speaking with a live person versus attempting to begin a claim over the internet.

The second way to answer this question is to address the issue of what to bring when are applying for Social Security Disability benefits. This will include your birth certificate, your DD214 (proof of military service), if applicable, as well as information about your children and marriage, if applicable. Additionally, since social security will ask each claimant about their medical treatment history and work history, it is always a good idea to write this information down and bring it with you at the time of your social security interview.








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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.