Social Security

Social Security pays benefits to people who cannot work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death.  Federal law requires this very strict definition of disability.  While some programs give money to people with partial disability or short-term disability, Social Security does not. 

You should apply for disability benefits as soon as you become disabled.  It can take a long time to process an application for disability benefits (three to five months).  To apply for disability benefits, you will need to complete an application for Social Security benefits and the Adult Disability Report.  We can help you with this and we may be able to process your application faster if you help us by getting any other information we need. This may include, but not be limited to:

  • List of medications
  • List of medical providers
  • Lab, Hospital or Therapy reports
  • Work History

Certain family members of disabled workers also can receive money from Social Security.  Please refer to topic specific pages. 

Applying for Social Security can be an arduous, intimidating and daunting task full of paperwork and red tape.  But, don't allow such obstacles to stand in the way of the benefits to which you are entitled.