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HOW DO I APPLY FOR DISABILITY?

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  1. Call the SSA at 800-772-1213 and tell them you want an appointment to apply for disability and/or SSI over the phone. To find the phone number of your local office, please visit https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp.
  2. They will schedule a date and time for you to speak with an SSA representative. This representative will get all the information over the phone and take a verbal signature.
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  1. Online applications are for SSDI work credits only.
  2. You can find the online application for SSDI work credits here: https://secure.ssa.gov/iClaim/dib.


HOW DO I APPLY FOR DISABILITY?

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Call the SSA at 800-772-1213 and tell them you want an appointment to apply for disability and/or SSI over the phone. To find the phone number of your local office, please visit https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp.

They will schedule a date and time for you to speak with an SSA representative. This representative will get all the information over the phone and take a verbal signature.

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Online applications are for SSDI work credits only.

You can find the online application for SSDI work credits here: https://secure.ssa.gov/iClaim/dib.



IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR SSI, YOU WILL ALSO NEED:

Current living arrangement including who lives there and household expenses

All sources of income for you and your spouse, if applicable

The amount of your resources including bank account balances, vehicles, and other investments

I SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION, WHAT NEXT?

Your local SSA Office confirms eligibility for one or both programs and if you are eligible, sends your case for a full medical review to determine if you meet SSA medical requirements for disability.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE MEDICAL REVIEW?

DDS (Disability Determination Services) performs medical review.

DDS will request your medical records, send questionnaires to you and another person you told them about who knows your condition, may send you to a doctor of their choosing and will need regular updates.

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DDS will request your medical records, send questionnaires to you and another person you told them about who knows your condition, may send you to a doctor of their choosing and will need regular updates.

DDS assigns an adjudicator to your case.

Once the adjudicator decides your file is complete with the above information, your file is sent for review by a medical doctor and a determination is made.

DDS sends notice of their decision to your local office.

The local office mails you a decision.

HOW LONG WILL THIS TAKE?

There is no way to know how long it will take for your case to process with the SSA. However cases are averaging approximately 6 months at each phase (Initial, Appeal and Hearing).

MEDICAL TREATMENT

It is crucial to your case that you get medical treatment. The Social Security Administration relies heavily on medical records from your treating doctors. Although the SSA may send you to a doctor, please remember that this doctor is hired by the SSA to perform a very brief one-time evaluation and may not fully understand your condition or symptoms. It is essential that you continue our medical treatment or you risk losing your social security benefits.

WHAT IF I GET DENIED?

Call Donaldson and Weston right away to discuss your options. The SSA has strict deadlines for appeals.

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