How do I apply for Social Security Benefits?
To apply, you must submit an application to the Social Security Administration. SSDI applications can be completed online, but you will need to contact your local Social Security office to file an application in person or over the phone for SSI. State Agency Examiners collect copies of your medical records from your providers and often schedule appointments with agency-paid doctors to conduct a consultative examination. The Agency reviews all the evidence and makes an initial determination based on SSA guidelines. Only about 36% of initial applications are approved. If your claim is denied, you have the right to appeal.