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Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

Detroit Social Security Lawyers

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits is not an easy task. The application is long and you are required to provide documentation, most notably medical documentation showing your disabilities and in some cases wage information and asset information. However, there are now multiple ways to apply.

One way is to go to your local Social Security government office and pick up an application. When you get to the office, let them know you wish to apply for benefits. An employee should be able to give you the right forms so you can start the process. You can find a local social security office by clicking here.

There are two types of disability benefits, Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSD pays benefits if you disabled are “insured,” meaning you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. To get SSD, you have to have worked and obtained enough work credits to be eligble. SSI pays benefits to individuals considered disabled but is based on financial need. Though work credits are not required to be eligble for SSI, the claimant must have little to no assets.

When applying for SSD, you’ll need to fill out a Form SSA-16-BK (Application for Disability Insurance Benefits) and Form SSA-3368-BK (Adult Disability Report). When applying for SSI, a Form SSA-8000-BK must be completed. This form is also known as an Application for Supplemental Security Income. Usually a Form SSA-3368-BK (Adult Disability Report) will also required.

Applying Online:

Another and increasingly popular way to apply for disability benefits is by applying online. The application to apply online can be found here.

To apply online, you will need certain information handy. This includes your address, social security number, other personal information as well as detailed information about your illnesses.

Medical documentation will also be required. This information should include names and addresses of doctors and hospitals, the diagnoses you have received, the names of medications and medical tests you have had and detailed medical records demonstrating why you are disabled.

In addition, you will be required to provide wage and employment information. Providing W2s, 1099s or tax information is helpful so you can demonstrate you are eligble for SSD benefits.

Applying online has its advantage. You can save your application and complete it at different times, rather than making multiple trips to the social security office. In addition, you can submit the application online with supporting documentation, speeding up the application process.

Applying By Telephone:

Another way to apply for Social Security Disability benefits is by telephone. However, it is usually not possible to complete the entire application process over the telephone. In addition, medical and employment documentation will still need to be mailed in to a local office. Still to get the process stated, the phone number is 1-800-772-1213. Typically, the social security offices are open via phone from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

Experienced Michigan Social Security Lawyers:

If you have a question about Social Security benefits, or need help applying for benefits, please call us at 1-800-LEE-FREE or 1-800-533-3733 today.  Our Social Security team is waiting to assist and answer your questions. There is no fee unless we win your case. Pick up the phone and call us today.