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Social Security Disability Application Filing Tips

  • Published: 2011-10-02 (Revised/Updated 2016-10-13) : Tessa Walker, CH Consulting LLC.
  • Synopsis: Important information needed for filing an application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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Quote: "The decision on a disability claim comes down to what your medical records say about your condition and limitations."

Because the social security process can be an extremely long and drawn-out process, a person considering filing for disability should not hesitate to get an application for disability started.

It is important to understand that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are two distinct programs and the rules and eligibility requirements are specific to each other. However, the application for both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) require the same processes and documentation.

The application for social security disability or SSI disability will probably take several months. The social security administration, via its field offices, will often tell people to expect a notice of decision within 120 days. However, the simple truth is that there are no deadlines for social security applications based on disability. In other words, the processing of an application may take a couple of weeks or six months (or more) to process.

To apply for SSI, contact the social security office closest to where you live. You can actually get your social security disability started online (If you are filing a SSI claim for a child under the age of 18, you need to visit the social security field office to file a claim). However, if you want to ask questions about the process, you may want to visit your local social security field office. You can also schedule a telephone interview to apply for disability.

After you file a disability claim for SSI at the field office, the disability claims and supporting evidence are sent from the Field Office to the Disability Determination Services (DDS) located in the state where the claimant resides. The DDS evaluation team obtains necessary medical evidence from your treating sources and other sources. DDS is responsible for making the disability determination.

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