Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits


The first step in applying for Social Security Disability Benefits is to determine whether your injury is serious enough to prevent you from working at least one year. If it is reasonably expected that your injury will prevent you from working for at least one year, then it is critical to immediately take the steps to apply for Social Security Disability Benefits because it may take over a year to receive benefits.


Individuals can apply for Social Security Disability Benefits multiple ways:

  • Online
  • Via Phone (1-800-772-1213)
  • In-Person at your local Social Security office (For Crawford County residents, your local office is located at 19063 Park Ave Plaza, Meadville, PA 16335. Also, make an appointment, do not just show up).


Be prepared! Be sure to gather all of the information and documentation you’ll need for your application. You must provide personal information, employment information, and medical information (such as evidence of your condition and a detailed list of records pertaining to your examinations and medications).


Once you’ve submitted your application, be sure to check the status! You can check the status online or via telephone. Finally, if the Social Security Administration denies your application, a skilled attorney (that’s us) can review your application and, if an appeal is in order, assist you with the appeal process.


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Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

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