Applying for Benefits

Applying For Benefits

What You Need & How To Apply

If you become disabled, it’s important to apply for benefits as soon as possible. It can take several months for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to review your application, and if you’re denied, you may have to wait even longer for the SSA to consider your appeal.

The Appleton Social Security lawyers at Sigman, Janssen, Sewall, Pitz & Hodgkiss can answer your questions about the application process and help you prepare a complete and detailed application. Find out how an experienced Appleton Social Security Disability Lawyer can help you get the benefits you need—call (800) 775-1441 or complete a free initial consultation form.

What You Need to Apply

When you’re preparing your application for Social Security Disability benefits, you'll need to gather information about yourself, your medical history, and your work history, including:

  • your Social Security number;
  • your birth or baptismal certificate;
  • names, addresses, and phone numbers of the doctors, caseworkers, hospitals, and clinics where you’ve been treated and the dates of your visits;
  • names and dosages of all the medicine you take;
  • medical records from your doctors, therapists, hospitals, clinics, and caseworkers that you already have in your possession;
  • laboratory and test results;
  • a summary of where you worked and the kind of work you did;
  • and a copy of your most recent W-2 Form (Wage and Tax Statement) or, if you're self-employed, your federal tax return for the past year.

If you need help collecting all the information you need to apply, our legal team is here for you.

How to Apply

There are three ways you can apply for SSD benefits:

  1. Online
  2. Visit www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability. Review the Adult Disability Checklist, complete a Disability Benefit Application, complete the Adult Disability Report, and print and sign the Authorization to Disclose Information Form.

  3. Over the Phone
  4. Call the SSA’s toll-free number at (800) 772-1213. Make an appointment to file a claim at your local Social Security office or file over the phone. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call the SSA’s TTY number at (800) 325-0778.

  5. At Your Local SSA Office
  6. Find your local office by using the Social Security Office Locator. If you choose to file for benefits at your local office, scheduling an appointment ahead of time may reduce your wait time.

An Appleton Social Security Lawyer at Sigman Janssen is here to answer your questions about the applications process. Contact us today!

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303 S. Memorial Drive Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 731-5201