INITIAL CLAIMS FOR SOCAL SECURITY OR SSI

Social Security Disability and SSI benefits are paid through the Social Security Administration if you are disabled and unable to work for at least twelve continuous months. To apply for these benefits you must file an application with your local Social Security office (whether SSI or SSDI) or if you were applying only for SSDI then you can also apply online.

If you have already applied and your application for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits was denied, you have 60 days to file an appeal. Community Legal Services of Mid Florida does not handle cases where your application was denied. To locate an attorney in your area who handles these types of Social Security or SSI cases call the National Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives at 1-800 431-2804. These attorneys can charge a fee only if you win your case. Then the attorney’s fee will be taken out of your past due benefits.