How do I apply for Social Security Disability benefits?

You can apply for SSD benefits online, over the phone, or at your local Social Security office. Check out our SSD Claims Process page to learn more about the steps you should take before you apply for benefits and the materials you’ll need to complete your application.

When should I file my Social Security Disability claim?

You should file your SSD claim as soon as you become disabled to avoid delaying your benefits. Preparing your application can take time, and the Social Security Administration (SSA) may take weeks—or even months—to make a decision on your claim.If you’re disabled and can no longer work, Colbert Cooper Hill knows you need your SSD benefits to pay your bills now. Our Oklahoma SSD attorneys know how the SSA works, and we can ensure your application is complete, accurate, and has the best possible chances of being approved. We’re available 24/7 to help you file your claim—just call (877) 579-6800 or complete a free online form.

Should I use an attorney to file for Social Security Disability benefits?

Understanding medical evidence requirements, paperwork, and deadlines during the filing process can be confusing, and mistakes or omissions on your SSD application may cause your claim to be delayed or denied. Dealing with the SSA is something we do every day. Whether you’re filing an initial application or you need help preparing an appeal, Colbert Cooper Hill can guide you through the process every step of the way and ensure you take the right steps to get approved. And because we work on a contingency fee basis, you won’t owe us any legal fees unless we get benefits for you.

How long does it take to get benefits?

The wait time to get SSD benefits can vary based on the details of your claim, the number of claims in the SSA’s backlog, and the accuracy of your initial application.However, there are two SSA programs that allow some applicants to receive faster claims processing:

  1. Compassionate Allowances
    Patients with certain severe medical conditions—including many types of cancers—may fall under the Compassionate Allowances program, which offers expedited claims processing to applicants deemed most in need by the SSA.
  2. Permanently and Totally (P&T) Disabled Military Service Members
    Wounded warriors and veterans deemed 100 percent P&T disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs can have their SSD claims decisions fast tracked by the SSA.

If you aren’t sure if you qualify for one of these programs, contact our legal team today. We can review your claim and give you the information you need to get your benefits as fast as possible.

Can I work and collect Social Security Disability benefits?

Yes. The SSA’s Ticket to Work program allows you to go back to work while you continue receiving SSD benefits. But working may affect the amount of compensation you can get from the SSA. It’s important to talk to an attorney familiar with the facts of your disability claim to determine how going back to work will affect your disability benefits.