Call 1-800-772-1213 and schedule an appointment

Call Social Security and schedule an appointment to file your disability claim. They have a toll-free number that is open for calls Monday through Friday from 7 in the morning to 7 in the evening. It is 1-800-772-1213. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can call the toll-free TTY number, 1-800-325-0778.

To make an appointment they will ask for your Social Security number, name, address, phone number, and the date you became disabled. If they send you a “Disability Starter Kit” look it over, it provides some general information, but it will not help you to be fully prepared to file your claim.

Ask for an in office appointment

Several years ago SSA did a study of disability claims to see if there was any difference in approval rates for people who filed in a face-to-face interview or people who filed by telephone and mail. Guess what? The result of the study was that people who filed in a face-to-face interview had a much better chance of being approved. So what did SSA do? They have made it easier to file your claim without ever seeing a real live person. When you call to make the appointment, ask for an IN OFFICE appointment. They will offer you a telephone appointment, but say you want to come in for a face-to-face interview. GO INTO THE OFFICE IN PERSON for your appointment. If you are very sick and it’s difficult for you to go in, make every effort to DO IT ANYWAY. That’s the best way to get your claim approved quickly. The interviewers are required to make notes in your file about you, how you look, how you act, and if they see any difficulties you have. They can’t see how sick you are through the phone. This gives you a much better chance of getting approved; so don’t pass up the opportunity for someone to see you.

Ask for the first appointment of the day

Usually the first appointment is at 9:00a.m. Ask for a 9:00 appointment slot. You will be the first interview of the day for the claims representative, they will be fresh, and because you will be fully prepared, the interview will go more smoothly.

DO NOT walk into an office to ask about filing for disability

DO NOT walk into an office and say you want to file for disability. Chances are you will end up sitting in their waiting room for an hour or more, and you will file a claim that day without being fully prepared. SSA management thinks that taking your claim the day you walk in to ask about filing is good service. But you should prepare for your interview first. If you file without adequate preparation, chances are good you will leave out some important details for your claim. You need to think about your medical history so you can include all your medical conditions and all your medical treatment sources.