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How To Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits has never been easier. The SSA has multiple ways for disabled people to file an application for disability benefits. Below, please find out how to apply for Social Security Disability benefits.


Every city has Social Security offices which you can visit. At your local office, they can help you complete the forms needed to apply for disability benefits. Unfortunately, it may take some time to apply in person, because you will probably have to wait in line. So, if you chose to go to your local office, go early. Additionally, don’t forget that they close early every Wednesday.


You can apply over the phone, by calling the SSA at 1-800-772-1213. Once you have called the SSA, they will send you forms, but the day you call is your “protective filing date.” This date is important because it is the day they use to calculate when you are eligible for disability benefits.


You can also apply online by going to The SSA has updated their website and made it easy for any individual with access to a computer to complete the forms needed to begin the disability review process. If you do not have a computer, you can go to a local library and apply. Once you are on the website, simply go to the “disability” tab, and it will walk you through the application process.

You will need to know simple facts, like your Social Security number, marriage date, your spouses’ Social Security number. You will also need to know the names of your doctors and their addresses, etc..  Of course, you will also want to explain your disability and disabling symptoms to the government. Don’t forget to explain why you cannot work. If you don’t have all of the information you need at your fingertips, you can obtain a re-entry number that allows you to go back at a later time and complete the online application. Just remember to write down or print off your reentry number so that you can finish the application in a timely fashion.

If you have questions about how to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, please contact Cannon Disability Law at 1-800-732-2323.  We will be happy to help you.

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