Applying for Social Security Disability
SSA offers two disability programs: SSDI and SSI. You may not need an Oklahoma disability attorney initially, but if you receive a denial, as many do, it will be in your best interests, particularly when you are called to the disability hearing.
How to Apply
The application process is fairly straight forward, and SSA provides several ways to file your disability application: by telephone, in person, or via the Internet. If you are interested in applying either by phone or at a Social Security office, you will first need to call SSA at their toll-free number (1-800-772-1213).
• In Person — Those who plan to visit the office will receive an appointment date and time during the phone call, along with directions to the branch closest to you. You will also be advised about which documents you will need to bring.
• By Telephone – If you wish to apply by phone, you will be scheduled a date and time at which an SSA representative will call you to take down your information. You will need to have all relevant medical records at hand for the phone call. Once the telephone application is finished, a copy will be sent to you for signature.
• Online – The website for applying online is: www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability/adult.htm
Social Security disability applicants should have the necessary documents ready in order to facilitate your online application. You cannot complete an SSI application online, but you can complete the Adult Disability and Work History Report.
Important Matters to Keep in Mind
As any Oklahoma disability attorney will tell you, it is very important that you are completely truthful on your SSA application. If you exaggerate or lie about your disability, it will likely be found out and you may be denied benefits altogether.
Among the forms that you will complete is the Disability Report. This form is very important to the favorable outcome of your application, for in it you are asked to explain how your disability prevents you from working. Remember that SSA’s definition of “disabled” is very specific, and hinges upon your inability to work any job for at least 12 months.
Call for Assistance
Don’t be dismayed if your application is denied once, or even twice. However, if you have not already done so by that time, following the second denial you should strongly consider working with an Oklahoma disability attorney. Call us for a consultation.