Applying for Social Security Disability

If you become disabled and cannot work, you should contact McGreal Disability Law and we will give you personal attention right away to get your claim started.

You can apply for disability benefits in several ways:

  1. In person application at your local SSA office.  If you don’t know where your local office is located, you can call our office and we will give you the information. As an alternative, you can find your local office on the internet by typing your zip code on the Office Locator for Social Security Offices.
  2. Apply online.  The website is www.ssa.com.
    Applying online for disability benefits offers several advantages:

    • You can start your disability claim immediately. There is no need to wait for an appointment;
    • You can apply for Social Security Disability from the convenience of your own home or on any computer; and
    • You avoid trips to a Social Security office, saving you time and money.
  1. Who can use the online application?
    You can use the online application to apply for benefits if you:

    • are age 18 or older;
    • are not currently receiving benefits on your own Social Security record;
    • have worked and paid Social Security taxes long enough to qualify; and
    • have a medical condition that has prevented you from working or is expected to prevent you from working for at least 12 months or end in death.

The date you contact SSA indicating an interest in applying for benefits is your Protective Filing Date (PFD). The PFD is important when determining the amount of retroactive benefits you are entitled to if you win your case.

SSA grants very few claims at the Initial levels.  This is often because the applicant simply does not know what information the SSA needs, or how to successfully present a winning case.  Unfortunately, the SSA does not provide much help to educate you on the procedures because every case requires different types of evidence and presentation.  However, we are often able to win cases at the initial level if your evidence is developed well, with good medical support.

At all levels, Social Security Disability cases are won and lost on the strength of medical records. Therefore, at McGreal Disability Law, we only take cases where we believe that a successful presentation of winning evidence can be achieved.  We encourage anyone who believes they are suffering from a disability to seek medical treatment and develop a relationship with a medical professional.