I am frequently asked how does one apply for Social Security disability benefits and what do I need to have. The Social Security Disability application is rather detailed. Applications can be made either online, or by going to the local Social Security office. If you are going to go to the Social Security office, you should call to arrange an appointment first. If you are going to apply online, you will still need to get organized before beginning.
The Social Security Administration has provided a checklist of the information you need to complete the application. Here is a link to the site: https://www.socialsecurity.gov/hlp/radr/10/ovw001-checklist.pdf
The purpose behind the Social Security disability application is to provide the Social Security Administration with the information that is needed to determine whether you are disabled, and to whom benefits may be payable. That is, if you are disabled, there may be additional benefits payable to your dependent children. But before any benefits are payable, a lot of information must be obtained. The process is complicated, and it is important to be able to prove you meet all the criteria for the Social Security Administration’s definition of “disabled”, and each element requires the appropriate documentation. The lack of appropriate documentation is the main reason people who are genuinely disabled are often turned down.
At our law firm with offices in Mobile and Pensacola, we only handle Social Security Disability and SSI claims. As a result of that disability law specialization, we have gained a great deal of expertise in the area of Social Security Disability law. If you have questions about Social Security or SSI benefits, give us a call at 251.478.5297, or contact us online.