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Applying For
SSDI

We want a simple SSDI process and approval of your claim as much as you do. That’s why we focus on giving you the best advantage when you first apply for SSDI.

The SSDI Process

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) process involves filing an initial application with the Social Security Administration, followed by an appeals process if the claim is denied.

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Initial Application

Allsup has spent more than 35 years helping people like you to claim your Social Security disability benefits. That’s why we created empower by Allsup®. This online tool takes what can be a confusing, lengthy process and streamlines it to make your experience easier, faster and more accurate.

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Filing An Appeal

If your initial disability application is denied, you have 60 days to file a reconsideration or first appeal, and this begins the appeals process. After another denial, you can file an appeal to receive a hearing. The hearing level is followed by the Appeals Council and Federal District Court. A representative continues to be vital to your claim for SSDI benefits.

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Getting Approved For SSDI

Once you're approved for SSDI, the SSA will process and begin payments. The amount of monthly Social Security disability benefits you’ll receive can be calculated by using the amount of your past earnings and your date of birth.

SSDI Process Timeline

The SSDI process can mean lots of waiting, so we make it our goal to help you get approved as early as possible in the process. Careful attention to your initial application forms is crucial, whether you work on them alone or with a representative’s help. Also, consider using our Free SSDI Assessment to learn your likelihood of qualifying for SSDI, before you get started, to ensure the time you invest in the SSDI process is well spent.

Here is how empower, our online platform, can help you:

  • Your application or appeal is efficiently routed through the process, reviewed by an Allsup expert and submitted to the Social Security Administration.
  • You’re asked the right questions and provide information, with our guidance, that the SSA requires for accurate documentation the first time.
  • You can find helpful audio and video guidance, and live chat from our specialists, all along the way for a well-supported experience.
Empower

Frustrated with the government's disability application process?

Put empower to work. Increase your odds of success and get your benefits faster! We took a confusing process and streamlined it to make your SSDI experience easy.