How to apply for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income.
If you are reading this, you are probably thinking about filing for disability for yourself or loved one. There are many misconceptions about these programs and everybody “knows someone” that knows all the tricks of the trade. Let me start by saying that usually advice from someone who “knows” the tricks of the trade is not sound advice.
To be disabled you have to show an inability to work for one year due to a medical condition or you must show that the medical condition is going to kill you. Although it sounds relatively easy to show disability, when you factor in all the statutes, regulations, agency rulings, agency operational manuals, and case law, it turns out to be not as easy as it sounds.
To get the ball rolling, you need to contact Social Security either via website at www.ssa.gov or call their toll-free number 1.866.593.1922. If you would rather go in person, the addresses for the local Social Security Administration offices are:
550 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36602
Baldwin County, AL
101 Courthouse Drive
Fairhope, AL 36532
411 W Garden Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
Be prepared to give basic information, such as your Social Security number, address, date of birth, who are your doctors, and where did you last work. Most of this can be done over the phone or online. However, if you are filing an SSI application you might have to do this in person with the Social Security worker.
If you are hesitant to contact Social Security and talk with anyone at their office to get your application started, you might want to contact the office of an attorney who/specializes in disability cases.