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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is administered by the Social Security Administration. SSDI functions as a "safety net" for those disabled and no longer able to work.  SSDI pays a monthly cash benefit to individuals that meet the eligibility requirements.  Applications may be completed online, over the telephone, or in person at a local Social Security office.

SSDI Eligibility Requirements

You must first have worked in jobs covered by Social Security and worked for a specified amount of time to have paid enough in Social Security taxes to be eligible to receive SSDI benefits.  For more detailed information, visit the Social Security Administration website or call toll-free at 1-800-772-1213.

Applying for SSDI

In order to apply for SSDI you will need the following information:

  • Social Security number and proof of age for each applicant
  • Proof of marriage, if spouse is applying for benefits, and dates of prior marriages, if applicable
  • Contact information (e.g., name, address, phone numbers) for doctors, caseworkers, hospitals, and clinics that have cared for the applicant
  • Name and dosage of medications
  • Medical records, that the applicant has in his/her possession, from doctors, therapists, hospitals, clinics, and caseworkers
  • Laboratory and test results
  • Summary of where applicant worked and job description
  • Applicant's most recent W-2 form or a copy of federal tax return if self-employed

Please note - when applying for SSDI you will need original documents or copies certified by the issuing office.

Applications may be completed online or over the telephone by calling toll-free at 1-800-772-1213.

You may also complete an application at a local Social Security office.  There are multiple offices in the Pittsburgh area, so please contact the main Pittsburgh office toll free at 1-866-770-2965 to find the location closest to you.

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