We often tell our prospective social security disability clients that they can apply for social security disability online at ssa.gov/iClaim/dib. Sounds easy, but it can be confusing and time consuming. It is not unreasonable to take one to two hours to complete the online process. Hopefully, this article makes application process a bit easier.
Before you apply for social security disability online, it is best that you print out and review the Adult Disability Benefits Checklist that the Social Security Administration provides. By gathering the information on the checklist, applying for SSD benefit is a bit easier.
The online application process is broken down into four steps:
1. Provide Background Information,
2. Provide Disability Information,
3. Sign Medical Release, and
You cannot move to the next step until the prior step is completed. However, you do not have to complete all the steps at once. You can always save your work and return to it later. Once you start the process, you will be given a Re-Entry Number. Write down that number because you will need it to return to your application. When you use the “Save & Exit” button at the bottom of a page to stop working on the application, you can use the Reentry Number to return to the page where you stopped.
The Process When You Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits
The first two steps are questions that are divided into sections. Note that you cannot use periods, commas, and other special characters when you answer some of the questions. For example, you cannot use a period as part of an address. If you type “27 N. Main St.” instead of “27 N Main St” in an address field, you will get a message when you try to go to the next page.
The first two steps include a “Remarks” section that lets you enter additional information you want to include or cannot fit elsewhere. You will have a chance to “Review” all your answers and make changes before you go to the next step. When you complete the “Provide Background Information” or “Provide Disability Information” step of the process, you will see a “Review” page with the information you entered. You can use the “Edit” buttons on the “Review” page to go back and make any necessary changes at that time. However, it is important to know that you will not be able to make changes after you select the “Accept & Continue” button to move to the next step of the process. So, make sure you review your answers before continuing.
After you have reviewed everything you have submitted and clicked the final “Accept & Continue” button, you will receive a “Confirmation” page. The page will include:
• a Confirmation Number you can use to check the status of your application;
• instructions about what you need to do next;
• a list of documents you may need if we contact you;
• links to your “Receipt” and a copy of your “Electronically Signed Medical Release Form” (The “Receipt” includes a copy of the disability application you submitted.);
• Contact information and a list of useful links.
After You Apply for Social Security Disability Online
Once the application is submitted and you have your confirmation number, the waiting period begins. If you application is denied, you will have to file for Reconsideration. If it is denied at Reconsideration, a Request for Hearing will need to be filed.
Applying for social security disability benefits can be frustrating and the waiting period will definitely be frustrating. If you or your loved one has questions about how to apply for social security disability benefits or the process of obtaining SSD benefits, contact our Social Security Disability department for possible answers at 727-796-8282.
Attorneys Matthew Noyes and Lorrie Robinson help those fighting for social security disability benefits. Mr. Noyes is a named partner at the Tampa Bay law firm of Perenich Caulfield Avril Noyes – one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Pinellas County. Call Attorney Matthew Noyes now at 727-796-8282 or complete the form on this page or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.