How to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits

The Social Security Administration offers benefits for disabled individuals who are unable to work due to their injuries or illnesses. If you meet the requirements, apply as soon as possible. You can apply for disability benefits online or in person. If your benefits are denied, call the Coye Law Firm. We can help people and their families claim the benefits they need to survive.

Apply for disability benefits as soon as you meet the requirements. The approval process can be long and complicated, so you want to make sure that you get approval as soon as you can. Many people dealing with workers' compensation or personal injury cases can begin the application for Social Security Disability from the date they are first unable to work. If your appeal is successful, you might be able to claim back benefits, which start from the date of your determined disability. 

Many aspects of the Social Security disability application process are available online, including the initial application form. Apply for disability benefits online to save your time and money. You must be 18 or older and meet the other SSD eligibility requirements to apply online. 

What you need to apply for disability online:

 

Documents

  • Military service discharge information (Form DD 214)
  • W2 form or IRS 1040 from last year
  • Social Security numbers for family members (spouse and minor children)
  • Bank account numbers (optional; needed if you want your benefits directly deposited into your account)

Information

  • Name, address, and phone number of someone who can verify your disability.
  • Names, addresses, phone numbers, patient ID numbers, and dates of treatment for any doctor, clinic, or hospital you've used.
  • Names of prescriptions and the doctor who prescribed them.
  • Names and dates for any medical tests completed and the doctor who ordered them.
  • Dates and types of jobs you have worked for the last five years.
  • Insurance claim information, such as workers' compensation or auto insurance.
After you've gathered these materials, complete the online application . 

Once the initial application is done, the applicant can proceed to the Adult Disability Report which gives the SSA a profile of the applicant's disability and work history.

The SSA requests that you mail or bring the completed "Authority to Disclose Information to the Social Security Administration" form to their offices. This grants them permission to get information from your doctor's office and other treatment sources. 

These four steps are crucial in the application for Social Security Disability benefits. If your application has been denied, don't accept that as a final answer. You have the right to appeal a denied disability claim, and an experienced disability lawyer can help you. Call the Coye Law Firm for compassionate representation that gets results.