If you are paid as an employee, part of the withholdings made from your paycheck support the Social Security Disability Program. Accordingly, if you become disabled, and meet the requirements of the program, you are entitled to receive Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI), also known as Title 2 or DIB benefits, from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The benefits paid are based on your earnings history. If you need to apply for disability benefits under SSDI, a federal benefits program is administered by each state.
How to Apply for SSDI
In the past, it was necessary to make an appointment and go into your local Social Security office to apply for SSDI benefits. Today, there’s no waiting for an appointment with a Social Security representative - you can immediately start your application online by visiting the US Social Security Administration’s website.
To apply for benefits online you will need to:
- Print and review the Adult Disability Checklist, which helps you gather the information you need to complete your application
- Complete the Disability Benefit Application.
You will be required to answer questions about your disability and your work history. You will also fill out a detailed Activities of Daily Living Questionnaire, and you’ll need to submit medical records that support your claim. Your credibility is vital in the application process, and it’s important to make sure all backup material is accessible when you file your claim.
Once your application is submitted, the Social Security office then sends your file to be reviewed for approval or denial, based on the information you have provided. In the event your application is denied, there are further steps you can take, including filing an appeal.
If you have been denied twice and are ready to go to court, please contact our law office at 702-388-4476. You can also reach out to us on our contact form on the home page.