The Social Security Administration pays disability benefits under two programs, the SSI program and the disability insurance program. Eligibility for Social Security disability is based on prior work under Social Security, while SSI disability payments are made on the basis of financial need and medical disability. A person's first step in applying for benefits under one of these programs would be to contact (by phone, mail, or by visiting the nearest office) the Social Security Administration to file a claim.
We cannot file that claim for you, nor do you need a lawyer at the first step. The local office of Social Security will develop the first claim -- our work at the first step would only be duplicative of the local office.
If you are turned down at any step, contact us immediately. This work is only done, by law, on a contingent basis, which is 25% of the retractive award (up to a maximum of $4,000). In short, if we do not win, we do not get paid a fee.