There are three methods for applying for Social Security disability. First, you can make an application online. Second, you can make an application by phone. Finally, you can make an appointment at your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office and apply in person.
We will talk in detail about the online application process, but all three processes have significant amounts of overlap.
First, Check Eligibility
To see whether you are eligible for benefits, see Are You Eligible for Benefits? or visit the individual pages for SSDI or SSI benefits.
Second, Assemble Information
- Dates of marriages and divorces
- Names and dates of birth for minor children and spouse
- W-2 Form from last year or IRS 1040 and Schedules C and SE for self-employed
- Military service discharge information (form DD214) for every active duty period
- Bank routing number and checking or savings account number, if you want direct deposit of benefits
- Name, address, and phone number of a person with knowledge of your condition, such as an attorney
- Information about treatments, including names of doctors and your patient ID numbers
- List of current medications and the prescribing doctors
- Information about medical tests you have had and the doctors who referred you for them
- Job information for up to five jobs you have held in the 15 years before disability
- A list of claims you have filed with private insurance or workers’ compensation for your disability
If you are having difficulty assembling this information or are unsure whether it’s complete, an attorney may be able to help with this process.
File Your Application
Fill out the online application and disability report. These can be done in several steps, and may be filled out by you or a friend, family member, or representative helping you with the application.
Wait to Be Contacted
If you meet the basic eligibility requirements for SSDI or SSI, your application will be passed on to the Disability Determination Services in Ohio, who will evaluate your medical condition by talking to your doctors. If they don’t feel they have enough information to make a decision, they may ask you to undergo additional exams.
If they have enough information to make a decision, they will inform you of their decision, typically 3-5 months after you file your application.
If you want help filing your disability benefits application, please contact us today.