How Do I File For Social Security Disability?

If you have a medical or psychological condition and are not able to work because of it, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.  If you’re thinking of applying for Social Security Disability benefits, you may file online at, by phone, by mail, or by visiting the nearest Social Security office.  In some situations, the Ritchie Law Firm may be able to assist you with filing your claim.

Information You Will Need

Whether you are applying online, in person, or over the phone, there is certain information you will need to provide the Social Security Administration.  That information includes:

  • Date and place of birth (especially if you were born outside the U.S.)
  • Dates of marriage and divorces
  • Names and dates of birth of children
  • U.S. military service — type of duty and branch, service period dates
  • Names of Employers for the current year and the last 2 years
  • Self-employment details for current year and the last 2 years
  • Direct deposit information (where benefits should be deposited) — Routing number, account number
  • Additional contact person — this should be someone who knows about your medical conditions
  • A list of all your medical conditions
  • Detailed information about your doctors and other health care professionals — names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of treatment
  • Names and dosages of all medications you take and who prescribed them
  • You job history — for example, what was the date your medical condition began to affect your ability to work?

To Apply Online

To apply for Social Security Disability benefits online, go to and click the blue “Apply For Disability” button in the center of the page.  You will now be taken to the Benefits and Applications Terms of Service page.  At the bottom of this page, click the box beside “I understand and agree to the above statements” and then click the “Next” button at the bottom of the page.

The next page is entitled Apply for Benefits — Apply Online for Disability Benefits.  After making sure that you have all the documents and other information you will need for your application, click “Start A New Application” if you are filing a new application and don’t have any unfinished applications.  After starting a new application, choose whether you are applying for yourself or helping someone else.  Next, you will need to create a “My Social Security Account.”

After selecting whether you currently have a “My Social Security Account” and selecting whether you have a U.S. address, you will be instructed to set up your “My Social Security Account” if you don’t already have one.  Click “I Agree To Terms Of Service” at the bottom of the page.  Then, you will begin to enter your information on the “Tell Us Who You Are” page.

To Apply By Phone

If you prefer to apply by phone, you can call 800-772-1213 and the representatives at the Social Security Administration will set up an appointment to take your application information over the phone.  Refer to the list of information needed to complete the application questions.

To Apply in Person

Currently, the Social Security Administration has suspended in-person applications for Social Security Disability due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What Makes Ritchie Law Firm Different?

Many Virginia lawyers say they practice Social Security Disability law.  But, most of those lawyers have not had years of experience winning Social Security Disability cases.  That’s what makes us different.  At the Ritchie Law Firm, we have a team of lawyers who have the experience of handling Social Security Disability cases and WINNING.  Sure, we also handle personal injury cases.  But, Social Security Disability cases are a different beast.  And, we know how to handle them.

If you have been denied Social Security Disability benefits, our disability team will review your denial letter for FREE.  Then, with no obligation and NO STRINGS ATTACHED, we’ll tell you our game plan for winning your case.

If you want your disability case handled by a team of lawyers trained to handle this difficult area of the law that few lawyers know the first thing about, your search is over.  Whatever stage of applying for benefits you are in, whether you haven’t yet applied or you’ve been denied, we are happy to help.  Click here to give us some details about your case.

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