The Social Security Administration has two different programs available for those experiencing a disabling condition. Just as these programs, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), have different qualifications, there are different was ways to apply for each benefit.
How to Apply for SSDI
There are a few different ways to apply for SSDI. First, you can do so online. Here, you can save the application to update and edit before submitting. You can also apply by calling the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 and speak with a representative over the phone. If you are more comfortable applying in person, you can make an appointment at your closest SSA office.
When applying, you'll need to have your medical evidence and documents to support your claim. Most claims are denied initially due to lack of medical evidence, so consult the Blue Book to make sure you have the required medical records>
How to Apply for SSI
Unlike SSDI, you need to apply in person for SSI. This means visiting your local SSA office. You'll need to make an appointment before going to apply.
Just like SSDI, you'll need to bring medical proof that supports you claim. Use the Blue Book as a guide to gather the needed medical documents. You'll also need to provide proof that you are under the income limits.
Get a Lawyers Help When Applying
A disability attorney can help you apply for Social Security disability benefits. An attorney will be able to help you gather your supporting documents and apply. They can then help guide you through the application process. To get connected with a lawyer that takes cases in your area, complete the Free Case Evaluation above today!