There are three ways to apply for Social Security Disability Benefits. You can apply online at An application made this way will be for SSDI benefits only. If you want to apply for SSDI and SSI benefits you can call your local office and set a time for them to take your application over the phone. This can be very time consuming. Finally, you can go to the Social Security Office and apply in person.

When applying, it is important to understand the difference between SSDI and SSI. A very basic explanation would be that SSDI are benefits you receive from working and paying taxes. If you have enough paid in (credits) you get the benefits. If you have not paid in enough, you will not receive SSDI. However, you may receive SSI benefits. SSI does not require you to pay into the Social Security system to get benefits. Simply put, SSI is a from of benefit that can be received if you have little in the way of assets and no income. You cannot apply for SSI online.

At the application stage, you should have the following information available; proof of age and SS number; list of employers covering the last 15 years; W2 or tax returns for the past 10 years; names and addresses of your doctors; a list of medicines; and any medical records you might have.

You will also be given a follow up “interview” by the Social Security Office. This interview is used to confirm information provided on your application and to get additional information which may have been omitted.

If you need help with your application, call us, we will answer your questions. If you want to file an SSDI application, we can come to your home and help you complete the process online.

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