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How To Apply for Social Security Benefits

You should apply at your local Social Security office as soon as you become disabled. You may file by phone, mail or by visiting the nearest office. If you want to apply by phone call, click here, and we will set up a time for your local Social Security office to contact you.

Information Needed To Process Your Claim Quickly

Claims for disability benefits take more time to process than other types of Social Security claims (usually 60-90 days). You can help shorten the process by bringing certain documents with you when you apply. To expedite the process, it is recommended that you have the following information handy:

  • A Social Security number and valid proof of age for each person applying for benefits
  • Names, addresses, and phone numbers of your doctors, therapists, caseworkers, hospitals, and clinics along with the dates of treatment
  • Complete medical records such as lists of medications and laboratory/test results
  • A brief summary of your occupation
  • A copy of your W-2 Form (Wage and Tax Statement) and/or your federal tax return for the last year
  • If your spouse is applying, dates of all prior marriages

Consulting with a Social Security Disability expert can also speed up the application process.

IMPORTANT: You will need to submit original documents or copies certified by the issuing office. You can mail or bring them to Social Security. The Social Security Administration will make photocopies and return your original documents.

If you or someone you know have been improperly denied Social Security Disability Benefits, contact us immediately by using our free online consultation form. A Social Security lawyer will review the facts of your claim. There is no charge or obligation for this service. Once we have received your information, a member of our staff will contact you concerning your claim.

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