Social Security is part of the federal government safety net for every American. This safety net is made up of two parts. The first part is the government old age retirement pension for seniors. The second part of Social Security is the disability insurance benefit should you become unable to work. Both parts are administered by the Social Security Administration or the SSA. To qualify for the first part of Social Security, you have to work enough quarters by the government determined retirement age. For the second part of Social Security, there is a great deal more involved in this application process. This extensive application process requires a great deal of organization with regards to practically all of your life. This rigorous process that the SSA applies to disability benefit claims is intended to weed out fraudulent claims. Even then sometimes this process does not guarantee that fraudulent claims are not paid as well. However, it also slows down the processing of legitimate claims of disability. Below is a guide on how you can apply for Social Security Disability.
What You Will Need to Apply for Social Security Disability:
- A Computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone
- Internet access
- Valid Email and contact information
Steps to apply for Social Security Disability:
- Copy and paste the following URL into your browser or if your system allows, click the link we have provided here: www.socialsecurity.gov/disability
- Click on the “How to Apply for Benefits” link
- Check out the Adult Disability Checklist
- Gather the documentation listed on the Adult Disability checklist
- Then complete the Disability Application for Benefits one step at a time starting with who is filling out the application. Save frequently.
- Then complete the associated report for the applicant be that the Adult Disability Report or the Child Disability Report.
- Then complete the Authorization to Disclose Information to the Social Security Administration.
- File all of the paperwork and wait for the Social Security Administration to make its decision.
- If they approve your claim, you will then be start receiving your benefits approximately five months down the road.