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SSDI Benefits in Alabama

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal program designed to provide income to individuals unable to work due to a disability. It covers disabilities expected to last at least a year or result in death, offering financial relief to those who qualify.

How the SSDI Program Works in Alabama

The SSDI program operates through payroll taxes. Individuals earn work credits throughout their employment history, contributing to the Social Security fund. Once a disability occurs preventing continued work, these individuals can tap into SSDI benefits, provided they have sufficient work credits.

Who Is Eligible for SSDI?

To be eligible for SSDI in Alabama, residents must have accumulated a sufficient number of work credits and have a medical condition that meets Social Security's definition of disability. Qualified SSDI recipients must have a severe disability that prevents them from working.

How to Apply for SSDI in Alabama

In Alabama, you can apply for SSDI benefits online, via phone, or at a local Social Security office. The application requires thorough medical documentation and work history. Once submitted, Alabama's Disability Determination Services will evaluate the application.

Apply for SSDI Benefits Online: https://secure.ssa.gov/iClaim/dib

Apply By Phone: 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 8:00 am - 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Information needed to apply

To apply for SSDI in Alabama, you will need to provide detailed information in the following areas:

  • Personal Information: Full name, Social Security number, birth certificate, contact details, etc.
  • Medical Information: Detailed information about your medical condition, including doctor's reports, medical test results, and a full list of healthcare providers (names, addresses, phone numbers, patient ID numbers, and dates of treatment).
  • Work History: Detailed information about your work history for the last 15 years before you became unable to work due to your disability. This includes job titles, type of business, dates of employment, and a description of work-related tasks.
  • Financial Information: Proof of income and resources, such as W-2 forms, self-employment tax returns, and information about any other disability claims you've filed (like workers' compensation or similar benefits).

Remember that providing accurate and detailed information will strengthen your application and speed up the process. It's recommended to seek legal advice or consultation from a disability lawyer to ensure the successful submission of your application.

How to Appeal a Denial

Denials can be appealed within 60 days. The appeal process involves four stages: Reconsideration, Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge, Review by Appeals Council, and Federal Court Review. Each stage requires specific documentation and processes.

You can begin the process by logging in to your mySocialSecurity account and clicking on Request Reconsideration.

Should you hire a disability lawyer?

Hiring a disability lawyer can increase your chances of approval, as they understand the complexities of SSDI laws and can assist with gathering evidence, filling out paperwork, and representation at hearings. If your application for SSDI has been denied, you may want to seek out a free consultation with an Alabama disability attorney.

SSI Benefits in Alabama

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a federal program that provides financial support to elderly, blind, and disabled individuals with limited income and resources. Unlike SSDI, SSI isn't based on work history, but on financial need.

SSI benefits are calculated based on an individual's countable income, which includes both money earned from work and other sources like SSDI, as well as free food or shelter. However, not all income and resources are counted for SSI, and the regulations are complex.

SSI provides benefits to cover basic needs like food, clothing, and shelter. In many cases, people who get SSI will also qualify for other benefits, like Medicaid or food assistance.

Keep in mind, every state, including Alabama, may supplement SSI benefits with additional payments. It's important to understand both federal and state guidelines when applying for these benefits.

Alabama - Social Security Disability Office Locations

Office Code Name Address Weekday Hours Phone Number
622 BIRMINGHAM DT AL District Office1st Fl, 1200 Rev Abraham Woods Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35285 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-592-3734
623 MONTGOMERY AL Ste 100, 4344 Carmichael Rd, Montgomery, AL 36106 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-593-0914
624 MOBILE AL Ste 100, 550 Government St, Mobile, AL 36602 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-593-1922
625 DECATUR AL 717 Mcglathery Ln Se, Decatur, AL 35601 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 888-289-9185
626 GADSDEN AL 204 Enterprise Dr, Gadsden, AL 35904 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-316-4418
627 ANNISTON AL 801 Quintard Ave, Anniston, AL 36201 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-701-2139
628 DOTHAN AL 1778 Whatley Dr, Dothan, AL 36303 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-452-4192
629 TUSCALOOSA AL Ste 1200, 2005 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-480-4988
630 SELMA AL 120 Executive Park Ln, Selma, AL 36701 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-628-6541
631 FLORENCE AL 203 South Walnut St, Florence, AL 35630 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 855-884-3407
632 HUNTSVILLE AL 4970 Research Drnw, Huntsville, AL 35805 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-593-0665
C17 BIRMINGHAM EAST AL Trussville Exec Park, 1972 Gadsden Hwy, Birmingham, AL 35235 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-613-2743
633 AUBURN AL 2454 E University Dr, Auburn, AL 36830 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-512-3857
634 ANDALUSIA AL 24467 Alabama Hwy 55, Andalusia, AL 36420 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-405-7657
635 TALLADEGA AL 736 North St East, Talladega, AL 35160 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-619-2854
636 BESSEMER AL 5475 Academy Way, Bessemer, AL 35022 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-593-5647
724 JASPER AL 501 The Mall Way, Jasper, AL 35504 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-575-5199
A21 CULLMAN AL 1908 Commerce Ave Nw, Cullman, AL 35055 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-803-6323
B06 ALBERTVILLE AL 406 Martling Rd, Albertville, AL 35951 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 800-521-0073
C27 FAIRHOPE AL 101 Courthouse Dr, Fairhope, AL 36532 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-837-5964
C32 ALEXANDER CITY AL 63 Aliant Parkway, Alexander City, AL 35010 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-405-0483
D68 JACKSON AL 4249 N College Ave, Jackson, AL 36545 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-476-4484