Social Security pays benefits to people who can’t work because they have a medical condition that’s expected to last at least one year or result in death. Federal law requires this very strict definition of disability. While some government programs offer money to people with partial disability or short-term disability, Social Security does not.
There are two ways that injured people can apply for disability benefits. You can apply online at www.socialsecurity.gov or you can call their toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213 and make an appointment to file a disability claim at your local Social Security office or to set up an appointment for someone to take your claim over the telephone. The disability claims interview lasts about one hour.
While the Social Security program makes the process of obtaining benefits appear straight forward, what they do not disclose is that almost all applicants are denied the first time around and the application and approval process is fraught with problems. In this regard, you should consider retaining a Social Security lawyer who will assist you in the filing and presenting of your disability claim.« Back to Glossary Index