How can I apply for Social Security disability benefits?

If you have become disabled and cannot work, you can actually apply online for Social Security disability benefits, or you can print out the paperwork needed and send or take it to your local Social Security Office.

Applying online has some advantages over sending your forms in the mail. You can start the claim right away online, rather than having to wait for someone to make an appointment with you. You can use any computer, and you won't have to make a trip to your local SSA office to drop off your Social Security disability forms.

You are allowed to apply for SSDI benefits if you are 18 years of age or older, as long as you have worked in the past and have paid enough Social Security tax to qualify. You must have some type of disability medical condition that keeps you from being able to work, and that will keep you from working for at least 12 months. Check the Blue Book to see how the condition you are experiencing qualifies. Terminal conditions will also make you eligible to receive benefits. You need to reside within the United States, or any of its commonwealths or territories to collect disability.

To apply for Social Security disability benefits online, you want to review the checklist for adult disabilities to obtain details regarding what you will need before you begin the application process. Then, ideally with the help of an attorney or representative who understands the SSDI process, you will complete the application with all the pertinent information regarding your eligibility.

Next, complete the report with your work and medical history, and then file online or sign and mail the documents to the Social Security office. You can use a checklist provided online or by your social security attorney that tells you what information you will need to gather in order to correctly complete the application and disability report.