Absolutely not. The entire application process can be completed from your house (using the phone or internet).
How do I apply for Social Security Disability benefits?
One way you can apply for Social Security Disability benefits is to go to the Social Security District Office and file the claim in person. Alternatively, you can call Social Security at (800) 772-1213, where they will arrange a telephone interview with your local office and mail all necessary forms to you. Applications can also be filed partially online; just follow the straight-forward instructions on www.ssa.gov.
When can I file for benefits?
You can apply at any time. You can even file on the day you become disabled if you believe you’ll be unable to work for one or more years.
Do most claims get denied?
Unfortunately yes. Most claims are denied on initial review, and around 90% of those denied claims are then denied again on Reconsideration (the second stage of review).
But don’t be deterred! Most appealed claims with legal representation at the Hearing (the third stage of review) are ultimately approved. Be persistent!