The answer to this question may depend on your definition of “hard.” Dealing with any government agency can be very frustrating, especially when you are already dealing with a disabling medical condition. To understand how hard it is to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you need to know how the application process works – especially since more than half of first-time SSDI applications are denied.
How to Apply
It’s best to start your application as soon as your disability occurs. You may use one of the following methods:
- By going online at the Social Security Administration’s website;
- By calling 1-800-772-1213;
- By TTY number 1-800-325-0778 if you are deaf or hard of hearing; or
- In person at a Social Security Office.
Hiring a California Social Security Disability attorney at this point may be considered optional. However, the application process is difficult, and the approval rate is low. If denied, you may have to appeal your claim using a process more complex than applying.
Information You Will Need
When applying for Social Security Disability Benefits, you will need some or all of the following:
- Date and place of birth;
- Permanent Resident Card Number if you are not a U.S. citizen;
- Proof of marriage and divorce;
- Names and detailed information about your children, if any;
- S. military service record;
- Employment information for the current and previous two years;
- Details about self-employment business and net income;
- Bank account and routing numbers to set up direct deposit;
- Alternate contact information;
- List of medical conditions;
- List of health care providers, including hospitals and clinics;
- Medical records in your possession;
- A job history for the 15 years prior to becoming disabled; and
- Details of your education and training.
Later, you will have an interview with someone from the Social Security Administration. This may be in person or by telephone. The information submitted with your application will be useful during the interview. In addition, you may need to complete:
- Form SSA-827 – Authorization to Disclose Information to the Social Security Administration, and
- The Medical and Job Worksheet – Adult.
Sound Complicated? You Don’t Have to Do It Alone.
You’re already dealing with your medical condition. Why make things harder by trying to get Social Security Disability Insurance benefits without any help?
The application process can be long and frustrating, so you need someone on your side. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Martin Taller have more than 50 years’ experience working with Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income, and California disability cases. For a free consultation, call us at 714-385-8100. Though our office is located in Anaheim, we assist clients throughout Southern California.