How To File For Social Security Disability Benefits

Filing for Social Security Disability Benefits

You sustain a crippling injury. Or maybe you or your child are diagnosed with a chronic debilitating illness. Or maybe time has caught up with you and you can no longer do what you used to do, either physically, mentally or both. Your limitations are mounting and you struggle to perform your job and its every day activities. You are forced to quit or even worse, you are fired. You are not meeting your financial obligations and you fight to keep medical coverage and receive much-needed ongoing treatment. Can you relate?


Types of Disability Benefits

Regardless of the cause of your disabling condition, the federal Social Security Disability Program was enacted to provide you with a critical safety net in your time of need. There are two types of disability benefits:

  1. Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSD”) which are based upon an individual’s work record and,
  2. Supplemental Security Income benefits (“SSI”) which are income-based benefits for which no work history is required in order to apply and can be paid to disabled adults and children.

What’s the difference between SSD and SSI? Read our previous blog that discussed the difference between the two disability programs.

How do you apply for Disability Benefits?

You can apply for SSD benefits three different ways:

  1. Online at the SSA’s website here
  2. By calling the SSA toll-free at 1-800-772-1213, or
  3. By calling or visiting your local Social Security office which you can locate on the SSA’s website. The SSA advises to make an appointment to apply in person before visiting your local office.

Information needed to apply for Disability Benefits

In order to apply, you will need information at your fingertips including:

  • General information about you,
  • Information about your medical condition(s) including contact information for all of your treatment providers,
  • Information about your work/school history

Applying online is advantageous as you can apply immediately without having to wait for an appointment, you can apply at home, and you can avoid a trip to your local office. You cannot apply for SSI online and you must schedule an appointment with your local office to file same or call SSA to apply by phone. If you are applying for SSD and SSI, it is wise to file for SSD online as soon as possible and in doing so, indicate that you would also like to file for SSI which will trigger an SSA representative to contact you for any additional information needed to process the SSI application.

we can help you file an appeal and answer your questions

At Balin Law we are here to assist you at every step of this difficult process, including filing the SSD application online on your behalf.

We’ve helped thousands of Ohioan’s get the disability benefits they deserve. Call us toll-free at 1-866-492-2546 to schedule a free consultation and get your questions answered at one of our many conveniently located offices throughout Ohio. Do not delay, call us today!