How to Apply for SSD or SSI Benefits
March 15, 2023
If you're unable to work due to a disability, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Filing for these benefits can be a complex and time-consuming process, but it's essential to ensure you receive the financial support you need. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to file for SSD and SSI:
Determine Your Eligibility: Before you begin the application process, it's important to determine if you're eligible for SSD or SSI benefits. SSD is available to individuals who have paid Social Security taxes and have a disability that prevents them from working. SSI, on the other hand, is a need-based program that provides assistance to people with limited income and resources who have a disability. You can check your eligibility by visiting the Social Security Administration (SSA) website or contacting your local SSA office.
Gather Your Information: The application process for SSD and SSI requires a significant amount of information, so it's important to gather all necessary documents before beginning the application. This includes names of all medical sources, work history, and personal information such as your Social Security number and birth certificate as well as marriage information for any marriage that lasted over 10 years.
Complete the Application: You can apply for SSD and SSI benefits online, by phone, or in-person at your local SSA office. The application will ask for detailed information about your medical condition, work history, and income. It's important to answer all questions accurately and thoroughly to ensure a smooth application process. The Grech Law Firm would be happy to file your application for you.
Submit Your Application: Once you've completed the application, you'll need to submit it to the SSA. If you apply online, you can submit your application electronically. If you apply by phone or in-person, the SSA representative will help you submit your application. If the Grech Law Firm files your application, we will submit it for you.
Wait for a Decision: After you submit your application, the SSA will review your case and determine if you're eligible for benefits. This process can take several months, and you may be asked to provide additional information or attend a medical evaluation.
Appeal if Necessary: If your application is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. You can file an appeal online, by mail, or in-person at your local SSA office. The appeal process can be lengthy, so it's important to seek the assistance of an experienced attorney or advocate. The Grech Law Firm will timely file all of your appeals.
Filing for SSD and SSI benefits can be a daunting task, but it's essential to ensure you receive the financial support you need. By following these steps and seeking the assistance of an experienced professional like attorney Grech, we can navigate the application process with confidence and ease.