How to File a Social Security Disability Application
You have multiple options for filing an SSDI application. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recommends filing online and treats the online application as the default method. Here are a few reasons you may want to use the online application process:
- You can apply any time it’s convenient for you, rather than having to wait for an appointment and then apply during business hours
- The SSA says that online applications are typically processed more quickly than other application types
- You can stop and start the online application, meaning that the process won’t be derailed if you’re missing some information
With the average wait time for an initial determination crossing the 7-month mark in February of 2023, it makes sense to take the most efficient route possible. However, if you can’t apply online or just don’t want to, you have other options.
Alternative Ways to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits
Apply at Your Local Social Security Office
You can apply for disability benefits in person. One advantage to this approach is that you’ll have an SSA staff member available to answer questions or provide other assistance. You can find your local office through the SSA’s field office locator tool.
If you choose to apply in person, be sure to call ahead for an appointment. And, make sure you have all of the required information gathered.
Apply by Phone
Applying by phone is similar to applying at your local office. You’ll have an SSA representative to assist you, and they’ll ask you questions to collect the information you would fill in when completing the application. The SSA offers a starter kit to help you prepare to complete your application and interview, whether you apply online, by phone, or in person.
Need Help with Your SSDI Application?
Most Social Security disability benefits applications are initially denied. You can improve your chances of being among those applications approved in the first round by ensuring that your application is completed properly and that you have provided adequate supporting documentation to fully establish your claim. Working with an experienced disability benefits advocate can help ensure that you put together the best application possible.
To learn more about how Disability Help Group can help, call (800) 800-3332 right now, or fill out the contact form on this site.