The First Step when applying for Social Security Disability
I am writing this blog to help you to understand what the First Step is when applying for Social Security Disability and how you can’t go wrong if you follow these simple suggestions.
The first step is “Filing out the Application.”
There are three ways you can fill out your Social Security Disability Application:
First, you may apply simply by calling the SSA (Social Security Administration) toll free number 1(800) 772-1213. That number is normally staffed from Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Eastern Time).
Second, you can go to or call your local SSA office. To locate the nearest office, you can call SSA or check online by going to the official SSA website at www.ssa.gov.
Finally, you may apply directly online. To access the online application process, go to the official SSA website at www.ssa.gov. When the site comes up, click on the “Disability tab” then click on “Apply for Disability.” Next, just follow through the succeeding pages for the application process.
There are a few very important things to remember to do before you start your application. The SSA is going to request A LOT of personal information. The SSA likes it when you come prepared. Make sure that when you go to your local SSA, you bring your Social Security Card and Social Security numbers for your spouse and children, License/ID Card, Birth Certificate, your W-2 form from last year, and your Checking or savings account number and bank routing number, if you want Direct Deposit for your benefit checks.
Another extremely important thing to remember is to include any and ALL doctors you have treated with and are treating with. This is very important because the SSA will request medical records from only those doctors that you include in your application. The more medical records you have to prove your disability, the better your chances are to win your case.
We suggest that you give us a call once you have filled your application out or beforehand, if you have any questions. If your case is denied by the SSA we can help you with your appeal. It is very important to have the guidance of professionals throughout your SSD case because if you go to your hearing alone and receive an unfavorable decision, it will be harder to find an attorney to appeal the decision. If you go to a hearing in Tampa, representing yourself, the judges will tell you to get an attorney.
We are here to help you. If you have ANY questions at all about the process of applying for Social Security Disability, don’t hesitate to give us a call: 1-888-WE-MEAN-IT (888-936-3264).