As the lawyers at Disability Attorneys of Minnesota can explain, there are three ways to apply for Social Security disability benefits– by phone, over the Internet, or in person. You will need to supply SSA with certain information, however, so be prepared before you apply.
If you are able and want to apply in person, first you will need to call (800) 772-1213. This number will put you through to a scheduler who will set up an appointment time. You will be provided directions to the closest office, along with instructions on what to bring with you.
Some individuals are not able to apply in person, or may prefer the convenience of applying from home. If you wish to apply by phone, you will first need to call the number given above; the scheduler will set up a time when SSA will call you to take your phone application. If you want to apply online, go to: www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability/adult.htm. Call the lawyers at Disability Attorneys of Minnesota for assistance with the application process.
You will need to fill out the Disability Report prior to filing your SSD claim. This form requires you to explain how your impairment prevents you from working. For applicants who are under 50 years of age, it is also necessary to explain why you can’t work any job you have held in the past 15 years, nor any job that is easy.
Whichever means of applying you use, it is very important that you are honest in answering questions about your disability. Don’t exaggerate your injuries, for this will surely come out, and your claim will be denied.
When you file a disability claim, it isn’t required that you have a lawyer. However, your chances for approval will be greatly enhanced if you do. For a review of your claim contact the lawyers at Disability Attorneys of Minnesota.