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Apply for Social Security disability benefits

How do I apply for disability benefits?

You can start your disability claim immediately. There is no need to wait for an appointment.

Follow these four steps to apply online:

  1. Review the Adult Disability Checklist for details about what you will need before starting the online process;
  2. Fill out the online Disability Benefit Application to provide information regarding eligibility for payment;
  3. Fill out the online Adult Disability Report to provide medical and work history;  and
  4. Fill out, sign, and mail or take the Authorization to Disclose Information to the Social Security Administration to your local Social Security office.

If you prefer to file in person, you can:

  • Call SSA's toll-free telephone number 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday to make an appointment; or
  • Visit your local Social Security office.

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can i apply over the phone?

October 14, 2011 by JBA2011

My mother said that I can apply for disability over the phone and I was wondering if she was right. And if so, what do I need to apply over the phone?

Applying for Social Security disability over the phone

October 15, 2011 by David Luhman

I have not seen the ability to apply for Social Security disability over the phone.

You may want to consider applying online :

I have Lou Gehrig disease.

February 9, 2012 by Guest

I want to apply fro disability payments. I have been diagnose for two months thru Randall B.I have the doctors note. My social security is aaa-bb-cccc.

Social Security Disability and Lou Gehrig disesas (ALS)

February 10, 2012 by David Luhman

You should apply as soon as possible. Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) cases usually qualify for disability as soon as the diagnosis is confirmed.

You can apply online here :

bif borderline intellectual functioning

February 19, 2012 by chris (not verified)

i was wondering if peoples with a learing disability can get disability

Social Security disability for folks with learning disabilities

February 19, 2012 by David Luhman

Yes, this may be possible based on the extent of the learning disability.

See here for reference :

Disabilities - Cognitive, Neurological, Servere Anxiety Disorder

February 29, 2012 by Debra (not verified)

How do i find the process of my claim. What is the typical timeframe

Checking disability claim status

February 29, 2012 by David Luhman

You can check your claim status here :

See the following for information on time to process and before you can receive payments :

Benefit questions

April 5, 2012 by Owing Mom (not verified)

I have a hearing on the 8th May, but I have arrears in Child support and I have child support to pay monthly. Will these monies come directly from the disablility IF I am approved for them? also, will my children receive benefits on a monthly basis along with Child support, or will these benefits be instead of.

Disability benefits, children, and child support

April 5, 2012 by David Luhman

I'm not sure I understand the question, but I'll try to answer.

Social Security will garnish benefits to enforce child support or alimony obligations, so it is possible that any disability benefits you receive from Social Security may be garnished.

Your child can get benefits if he or she is your biological child, adopted child or dependent stepchild. If a child's parent is disable, the child may be entitled to Social Security benefits.

Really Confused

April 30, 2012 by Confused (not verified)

I have several Illnessesthat have combined to make me majorly depressed. ( I have Epilepsy, Type 2 DIabetes, Plantar Faciitis, ,PTSD,and SND, these have lead to Major Depression and Suicidal Thoughts) I have been told by 3 doctors I will not be able to return to the work I did before. I dont know where to turn, when I contacted, my local DOL Voc /Rehab dept. They acted like there was nothing they could do for me. They suggested I apply for SSDI. How do I know if I would qualify for SSDI?

Qualifying for Social Security disability

April 30, 2012 by David Luhman

To qualify for "normal" Social Security disability, you'll need a sufficient work record. You'll also need a "long-term" disability which will prevent you from engaging in "substantial gainful activity".

If you don't have a sufficient work record, have limited assets and income, and are disabled, you may qualify for SSI.

Epilepsy and PTSD are specific conditions which may qualify for disability benefits.

Bless you.

can I file for disability

May 26, 2012 by Tired and tremors and more (not verified)

I have suffered with depression,anxiety, panic attacks for years some times I have been in the hospital and in an out patient program due to my inablity to do daily activities. I have still struggled with this for yeaars trying to cope but now I have been diagnoised with Begin Essential Tremors, Restless leg syndrome, Perodic limb movement disorder and vit b12 deffiencent I have been very fatigued no energy making very hard to work so my doctor took me out of work . I am also on a med that makes me tired it is hard to stay awake and not fell exhausted all the time. I want to know it I would be a to fill or if it is not enough to do so and I need more time. My one docotr says I can work reduced hours maybe not financially possible. some one help me...

Social Security disability and anxiety disorder

May 28, 2012 by David Luhman

Yes, assuming you have sufficient work record, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits for an anxiety disorder. See the following which helps with disability evaluations :

You can apply online here :


May 31, 2012 by leslie88 (not verified)

I want to know how i can apply for my son?


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