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Social Security Disability Benefits

Social Security Benefit Application
Source: U.S. Social Security Administration
Content Type: Web page
This is the official means by which social security disability applicants can apply for benefits. The online application is available on this web page, which also includes helpful links to pages that provide additional information for applicants.

Other Ways to Apply for Benefits
Source: U.S. Social Security Administration
Content Type: Web page
This page lists alternative means by which social security disability applicants can apply for benefits. In particular, this page lists important phone numbers and Social Security office locations for applicants who do not wish to use the Administration’s online application.

Local Office Search
Source: U.S. Social Security Administration
Content Type: Web page
This page provides a search function that enables applicants to find the nearest Social Security Office.

Your Right to Representation
Content Type: Web page
This page provides applicants with an overview of their rights regarding obtaining legal representation pursuant to their S.S.D. benefits application.

A Special Examination is Needed for your Claim
Content Type: Web page/publication
This page provides applicants with helpful information in the event that they are told that they will need to undergo a special medical examination prior to being awarded their S.S.D. benefits.

Apply Online for Social Security Disability Benefits
Content Type: Web page/publication
This page provides a wide array of helpful information for individuals considering applying for S.S.D. benefits. This page provides information that applicants should review prior to beginning their online S.S.D. benefits application.

Benefits for Children
Content Type: Web page/publication
This page provides information for families with minor children that are considering applying for S.S.D. benefits.

Benefits for Children with Disabilities
Content Type: Web page/publication
This page provides information relevant for determining whether a child is entitled to receive S.S.D. benefits.

Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors
Content Type: Web page/publication
This page contains information for wounded service members who may be eligible for S.S.D. benefits.

Disability Planner
Content Type: Web page
This page provides S.S.D. applicants with an interactive checklist and planner that can be used in anticipation of filing a benefits application.

Benefits os SSDI and SSI
Content Type: Web page
This page provides general background information regarding S.S.D. and S.S.I. benefits.

Web Links
Content Type: Web page
This page provides a multi-tiered search engine function for S.S.D. applicants as well as numerous helpful web links that applicants may find helpful.

Compilation of the Social Security Laws
Content Type: Web page
This page includes the text of the Social Security Act, and applicants can access the Act’s table of contents to refine their search.

Disability Evaluation Under Social Security
Content Type: Web page
This page includes links to the Blue Book for evaluating disability compensation ratings. This page would be useful for applicants looking for additional information regarding the medical determination underlying their benefits determination.

National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
Content Type: Web page
This is the webpage for an organization dedicated to helping S.S.D. applicants obtain benefits.

Referral Service
Content Type: Web page
This page offers an 800 number that S.S.D. applicants can call to be referred to an attorney specializing in S.S.D. benefits cases.

Acronyms
Content Type: Web page
This page offers a list of commonly used acronyms in the S.S.D. benefits context that might be useful for applicants to review if confronted with an uncommon term or phrase.

Social Security Disability Benefits Guidebook
Content Type: Web page
This is a guidebook on S.S.D. benefits provided by an Illinois Legal Aid organization.

Social Security Disability FAQs
Content Type: Web page
This is a list of FAQs on S.S.D. benefits provided by a Colorado Legal Aid service

Social Security Disability Assistance
Content Type: Web page
This is a page offering legal aid information regard S.S.D. benefits provided by an Ohio Legal Aid organization.

Denial of Benefits
Content Type: Web page
This page offers information for applicants whose S.S.D. benefits applications are denied; provided by The Legal Aid Society

Social Security Disability Benefits
Content Type: Web page
This page provides legal aid services regarding S.S.D. benefits to applicants in the New York area; courtesy of South Brooklyn Legal Services.

Social Security Disability Benefits
Content Type: Web page
This is information for S.S.D. applicants in Oregon; courtesy of Oregon Law Help.