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If you are wondering how to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you have come to the right place. 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.


The most traditional or old-fashioned way to apply for benefits, is to apply in person. This is not what we recommend because the lines at SSA offices are long. So, your waiting time will also be long. However, 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. This option is a good option if you have trouble reading, are unable to access the internet, or you are simply looking for help from an SSA worker. 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.


Believe it or not, you can also apply for SSD and SSI benefits over the phone. 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 the forms that you need to complete by mail. You will need to have a current mailing address or P.O. Box to receive the forms. Even if you get the forms in the mail, the day you call the SSA is your “protective filing date.” In other words, the day you call the SSA is the day they will state that you filed your application. This date is important because it is the day the SSA uses to calculate when you are eligible for disability benefits.

You may have a disabling impairment that prevents you from applying in person or online. For example, if you are blind, you may not be able to fill out an application online. You can request that the SSA help you fill out the application when you call them. The SSA also can send the application and forms in a large print for those who have difficulty seeing. Additionally, if you cannot read, you can have a family member help you complete the application. Many people do not speak or read English, but they still need to apply for benefits. You can request that the SSA send you an application, forms, and notices in your native language.

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The easiest way to apply for disability benefits is using your computer. You can apply online for SSD and SSI benefits by going to The SSA has updated their website and made it easy for any individual with access to a computer to apply for benefits. It is also easy to complete the forms needed to begin the disability review process online. If you do not have a computer, you can go to a local library and apply online. 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, and the Social Security number of your spouse. 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. Contacting us and talking to us about your case is free. We will not charge you for a consultation. Likewise, we will not charge you an attorney fee unless we win your case. There are costs to every claim that you must pay. However, typically these costs are minimal and usually consist of paying a small fee for office costs and for a copy of your doctor’s medical records.

In the past 30 years, the attorneys and representatives at Cannon Disability Law have won over $100 million in back due disability benefits for our clients. We have the experience you need to win your disability case. Also, we believe we are the best disability team that you can hire in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, and California. It is free to call and talk to us about your case. Hire the best disability firm to help you apply for benefits or appeal your disability case.


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