STEP 3: Submit Your Application With the SSA
Ready to submit your application?
Once all the needed paperwork is on your hands, you are now ready to submit your application to SSA, through any of the following options:
- Handing the documents in-person to the local SSA clerk
- Filling out the SSA’s online application (https://secure.ssa.gov/iClaim/dib)
- Applying over the phone
(for applicants with disabilities, blindness, or needing special assistance)
The SSA shall then review your application to check that you meet the basic eligibility criteria. This includes an examination of your work background and current activities. Your application will then be forwarded to your local Disability Determination Services (DDS) office in the state of your residence.
The DDS then completes the evaluation process started by the SSA and arrives at a decision. Should the SSA or DDS have any questions at any point in the review stage, you will receive a call. It is possible to be requested to submit additional documents even if you thought your application packet was already complete.
Visit your local Social Security office.
The main headquarters of the Social Security Administration (SSA) is situated in Woodlawn, Maryland. It has 10 regional offices, 8 centers for processing, more than 1,000 field offices, over 30 teleservice posts
Look for your state of residence below to check which field office can receive will process your application. If you are interested in getting a free evaluation of your case, you can click contact Orum Young Law.
Find the Nearest SSA Regional Office.
|SSA Regional Office
||State of Residence
|Region 1: Boston Social Security Disability
||Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode, Vermont
|Region 2: New York Social Security Disability
||New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
|Region 3: Philadelphia Social Security Disability
||Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia Social Security Disability, West Virginia, District of Columbia
|Region 4: Atlanta Social Security Disability
||Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
|Region 5: Chicago Social Security Disability
||Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
|Region 6: Dallas Social Security Disability
||Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
|Region 7: Kansas City Social Security Disability
||Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri
|Region 8: Denver Social Security Disability
||Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming
|Region 9: San Francisco Social Security Disability
||Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marina Islands
|Region 10: Seattle Social Security Disability
||Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
STEP 4: Wait for the Decision
Release of Decision
Arriving at a decision may take between 5 to 9 months. You may check your application status by logging in to your Social Security online account or getting in touch with the SSA.
Once the decision has been made, you will receive a letter in your mail. There are two possible decisions you can find:
APPLICATION APPROVED. In your letter, you will find your Established Onset Date (date you became disabled, as determined by the SSA), details on how often the SSA shall conduct medical reviews for your disability, and how much benefits you are entitled to receive. If you wait more than 5 months for the approval, you will be given back pay on top of the benefits you enjoy. The back pay covers previous month benefits you would have received if your application has been filed earlier.
APPLICATION DENIED. If your application has been denied, the letter shall contain an explanation as to how the SSA arrived in its decision to not award you with benefits. In most cases, an application has been rejected because the claimant does not meet SSA’s definition of disability. The letter will also include how many days you are given to submit a request for reconsideration. To ensure that your appeal will be prepared promptly, you may ask your social security lawyer for a quick list of needed documents for the appeals process. Normally, you are given 60 days to submit a request in writing.
Why Should I Get A Legal Professional?
Getting a disability benefits lawyer when filing a claim for SSI or SSDI benefits works to your advantage for so many reasons.
Find Reliable Help
The best benefit you can get from hiring legal representation is the avoidance of getting overwhelmed or utterly confused with Social Security rules, regulations, and processes. Let your attorney worry about that for you.
Your disability lawyer can also represent you at any stage of the process, whether it be your initial application, second application, reconsideration, appeal, and hearing.
Getting a disability benefits lawyer gives you a fresh pair of eyes who can check the little details in your application to boost the chances of getting your claim approved, in the fastest time possible. Since the application for social security may also involve computation of your income and assets, your attorney can double-check the numbers for you.
If cost is what’s stopping you from getting help, then you should know that you don’t have to pay your attorney if you do not win your claim. If you do get approved, your legal representative can receive a portion of your pacy pay. All of this means that you don’t need to pay anything out of your pocket if you start your application today.