Applying for Social Security disability benefits can be a difficult process. While you can apply on your own, many individuals choose to get help from a Social Security disability attorney as they go through the application process.

Application Steps

  1. Apply immediately if you have become disabled and expect to be disabled for at least one year. The best way is to file for disability benefits online. Alternatively, you can make an appointment with your local Social Security office and file a disability claim in person or via phone by calling Social Security’s toll-free telephone number 1-800-772-1213.
  2. Your application will be evaluated by a state disability agency.
  3. A decision to either award or deny benefits will be made and you will be notified in writing, by mail. It usually takes between 3 and 4 months to get a decision.
  4. If your application is denied, you can appeal. You must appeal within 60 days of the date on the denial notice.