To apply for Social Security disability benefits, you should know that there are generally three options available to interested applicants. An applicant can do any of the following: (1) elect to contact the Social Security Administration directly by using the 800 number; (2) go to his or her local Social Security office; or (3) submit his or her application over the Internet. If you believe that you need help with the application process, an Indianapolis disability lawyer can further advise you regarding the application process and the importance of being as honest and forthcoming as possible; but keep in mind that the lawyer will not be able to apply for you.
For those who prefer to complete the application over the Internet, the application can be found at www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability/adult.htm. However, those who are applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will not be able to complete that application process online.
Whether you choose to complete your SSI or Social Security disability application over the telephone or in person at your local office, you will need to call the agency’s 800 number (1-800-772-1213) first. If your choice is to go to the Social Security office in your area, the person who answers the 800 number will have to make an appointment for you and he or she will also provide you with directions to the appropriate office in your immediate area. At that time, he or she will also inform you as to what paperwork you will need to bring with you to the appointment. If you have more questions about what you will need, any Indianapolis disability lawyer can speak with you and answer those questions.
To apply for benefits over the phone, you will be given a set date and time on which you can expect to receive a call from someone at the Social Security Administration who will take your application over the telephone. The application will then be sent to you for your signature, and once you’ve reviewed and signed it, all you’ll need to do is send it back to the Social Security Administration.
If you believe that you would benefit from having the services of an Indianapolis disability lawyer, please call the law office of Martin Barnes at (317) 804-5058 for a free consultation.