Social Security disability is a federal program through which people who have physical or mental conditions that prevent them from employment become eligible for financial assistance. Eligibility for the program can either be temporary or long-term, depending on the person’s disability. If you think you might qualify for this insurance, learn more about the application process to get started.

What Does the Application Process Entail?

There are several ways to apply for Social Security disability. For one, you may apply online directly through the official Social Security Administration (SSA) website. There, you will complete an application for benefits by following the steps as prompted. You can also check your application status through the website.

If you prefer to speak directly with an SSA representative, you may either visit your nearby Social Security office or call 1-800-772-1213. Should you choose to apply in person, make an appointment before visiting the office.

When Should You Apply?

social security disabilityApply for Social Security disability as soon as you incur a disability. If you apply for Social Security, benefits won't be paid until the sixth full month you're disabled. The waiting period starts in the first month after the SSA determined your disability began. If you apply for supplemental security income, the SSA will pay the benefits starting the first full month after the date of your claim.

What Information Will You Need to Apply?

Regardless of how you choose to apply, you should have several documents on hand. First, be sure to have your Social Security number and a document that proves your age. Next, have information about your disability ready, including contact information for healthcare providers, names and doses of medications, and relevant medical records and test results. Finally, be ready to describe the nature of your work before becoming disabled, and find your most recent W-2 form or federal tax return if you were self-employed.


If you were wrongfully denied Social Security disability benefits, allow the team from Allen, Nelson & Wilson to assist you. Serving Columbia and Springfield, MO, this team of attorneys has more than 60 years of combined experience and has helped more than 2,000 clients. Their lawyers have analyzed countless medical files and are adept at presenting the necessary evidence for supporting a strong case. Find out more about their approach to disability cases online, or call (573) 441-2667 to set up a consultation in Columbia and (888) 549-2667 for their Springfield location.