What can I expect from the SSDI application process?

Social Security Disability benefits come from the funds you earn from work. To apply for SSDI, you need to have a recent work history because the Social Security Administration requires you to have paid in for a certain time before you are eligible for benefits. 

So, part of the application process is to provide documentation about your work history. In addition, you have to provide information about your disability. When you have your documents and application ready, you may wonder what happens next. 

Sending your application

You should first choose the method by which to apply. You can apply for SSDI online, by phone, or in person, according to the SSA. Regardless of how you apply, keep in mind that you must provide original documents in some cases, so you will have to either mail them or take them to your nearest SSA office. 

In addition, if you cannot get all the documents you need, you should still apply. The SSA will assist you in securing any missing documents. 

Complete your application, and submit it and the documents via your chosen method. 

SSA review

Once you send in your application, the SSA will look over it to be sure you have included all the required documents. It also will determine if you meet the basic requirements for filing, which is having the proper work history and having a qualifying disability. It will also evaluate your current work situation. 

If it determines you have a valid claim it processes your application and sends it to the Disability Determination Services office in your area. 

Disability Determination Services

The local office will complete the assessment of your application. It applies more specific requirements to see if you qualify. This office will make the final decision. 

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