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How to Apply for Social Security Disability

by Ryan Kinnar5 min read
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If you want to apply for social security disability benefits or SSD, there is an easy application process that you can follow online at the Social Security website.


What Medical Conditions Can You Apply For?

You can apply for Social Security Disability for any medical condition that can be considered severe, prevents you from being able to perform your tasks at work or do any work activity that could be considered gainful. This condition should have lasted 12 months or more, or is expected to last for that long.


This does not mean that you to wait 12 months before you are eligible to file a claim for Social Security Disability. If your physical or mental condition prevents you from being able to work, you should file for a SSD claim.


To find more information on who can apply for adult disability benefits, you can visit the Social Security website at


When Should You Apply for Social Security Disability?

You should apply for SSD benefits as soon as you become disabled. The application process can be done online and you can also call the toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can call the toll-free TTY number at 1-800-325-0778. You can also visit your local Social Security office if you prefer not to apply online.


How to Apply Online for Disability Benefits?

For your convenience, you can complete the Social Security Disability application online. Complete the process at the comfort of your home or anywhere that is convenient for you. No need to wait for an appointment or speak with a Social Security representative.


Visit to fill out the form and see a checklist of the requirements that you need to complete to apply for disability.


Once there, click on Start a New Application and click Next to proceed. The application process takes one to two hours to complete, depending on your specific situation. If at any time, you need to take a break or attend to something else, you can save your application and continue when you’re ready.

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Follow Up

When you are finished with your application and it has been submitted, you can expect to be contacted about any updates or follow up questions that the office may have about the information that you provided. You can create a Social Security account online to check your status. 


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