How To Apply For Social Security Benefits
You can apply for Social Security Disability benefits online, over the phone with someone from the Social Security Administration or in person at your local Social Security Administration office. Applications for SSI can only be made over the phone, or in person at the local Social Security Administration office. There is no online application for SSI benefits at this time.
The process to do so can be complex and frustrating. The attorneys at The Skolnick Weiser Law Firm, LLC, can assist with questions you have throughout the application process, as well as after the process should the SSA deny your application.
What To Know Before Applying
The following is a short list of helpful tips for you before filing your Social Security Disability and/or SSI application:
First, get treatment for physical and mental conditions. If you are not receiving medical treatment and live in Cuyahoga County, go to MetroHealth Medical Center and get rated. If you don’t live in Cuyahoga County, check the internet for indigent medical providers in your county.
Next, call your local Social Security office (800-772-1213) and make an appointment to apply for disability benefits or SSI. You can also go to the Social Security office and set up an appointment at that time. You can also apply over the internet at https://secure.ssa.gov/iCLM/dib. Remember, however, you cannot apply for SSI over the internet. You must make that application in person at the local Social Security office, or over the telephone to a Social Security Administration worker.
When you are ready to apply, make sure to have the following:
- A complete list of all the doctors, hospitals and clinics that you have seen, including their names, addresses, phone numbers, patient ID numbers and dates of treatment
- Names of medicines you are taking and who prescribed them (should be listed on your medicine bottles)
- Names of medical tests you have had and who sent you for the test
- A list of the five most recent jobs you have held over the past 15 years. You will need to list your job title, the type of business it was, and the month and year you started the job and the month and year you stopped working at the job
- Information about insurance or workers’ compensation claims you filed, including the claim number(s) and the name and address of persons handling the claim for the BWC or insurance company
- Details such as the name, address and phone number of someone Social Security office can contact to know about your medical conditions and talk about your claim. This can be a family member or a friend. It should not be your doctor
- Dates of marriages and divorces
- The names and dates of birth of your spouse and minor children
- If you were in the military, Military Service discharge information (DD Form 214) for all periods of active duty
- Your tax return information from last year (Form W-2 or your IRS 1040 and Schedules C and SE, if self-employed).
- Your bank information for direct deposit of your benefit checks, including the bank’s nine-digit routing number and account number
- Finally, I recommend that you should have a short paragraph written explaining why your limitations prevent you from working so that you will be able to tell the Social Security Administration personnel what prevents you from working
Contact Us With Questions On The Application Process
You don’t have to face the application process alone. If you have any questions, please contact us at The Skolnick Weiser Law Firm, LLC at 216-861-8888 or 877-977-3476 (toll free). Se habla español.