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SSDI Benefits how do I apply?

If you are disabled with a severe health condition and are not able to work for at least 12 continuous months you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI). SSDI benefits are a governmental disability program managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for workers who are disabled and have earned enough work credits to be insured for benefits.

How do I apply for SSDI benefits?


To apply for SSDI benefits you can call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778),Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; visit your local Social Security Office; or you can apply for benefits online.

Not all disability applicants can apply for SSDI benefits online. According to the SSA an applicant can use the online application process to apply for SSDI benefits if:

What steps do I complete to apply online for SSDI?


If you decide to complete the application online you will need to print and read the Adult Disability Checklist. This checklist simply outlines all the information you will need to complete the SSDI application. Next, you will need to complete the disability application and complete a medical release form, which will allow the SSA the legal right to collect your medical records from each of your treating doctors.

You will not be required to gather your own medical records and send them to the SSA, but you will have to provide the names, addresses, and treating dates for each of your physicians and hospitals so the SSA can gather your medical records.

It is also important to complete the disability application accurately and as thoroughly as possible. Do not exaggerate or misrepresent your condition.

What documents do I need to apply for SSDI benefits?


Information you will need to complete the disability application is listed on the application checklist but it will include the following:

What happens after I submit my SSDI application?


When the SSA receives your SSDI benefits application they will review it to see if you meet the nonmedical and medical requirements of SSDI benefits. If they need more information to process your SSDI benefits claim they will contact you. After they complete processing and reviewing your SSDI benefits application they will notify you of their decision via mail.