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SSDI Benefits in Indiana

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal aid program designed to support Indiana citizens who are unable to work due to disability. Similar to insurance, you pay into the system during your working years via payroll taxes.

If a disability renders you unable to work, SSDI provides monthly benefits. Keep in mind, SSDI is for long-term disabilities lasting over a year or life-ending. It isn't intended for short-term conditions or illnesses.

What Is the SSA?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees SSDI and similar programs such as Social Security retirement and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

SSA officials review SSDI applications and decide who meets the qualifications for disability benefits.

Who Is Eligible for SSDI?

Eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in Indiana is determined by two major factors: your disability status and your work credit history.

The first step in establishing eligibility involves meeting the SSA's definition of disability. The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains strict criteria for defining the term 'disability.'

To qualify for benefits, you must have a severe, medically determinable physical or mental condition that prevents you from performing any substantial gainful activity. The impairment must either be expected to result in death or last for at least 12 months continuously. Short-term or partial disabilities do not qualify for SSDI benefits.

The second aspect of eligibility is your work credit history. As you work and pay Social Security taxes, you accumulate work credits. These credits essentially serve as proof of your contributions to the Social Security system.

The number of work credits needed for SSDI benefits usually depends on your age at the onset of disability. In general, you need to have earned 40 credits, 20 of which were earned in the last 10 years ending with the year you become disabled. For younger workers, the requirement may be less.

How to Apply for SSDI in Indiana

You can apply for SSDi benefits online, over the phone, or in person at your local Social Security office.

Visit the SSA website to start your online 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 for Your Indiana SSDI Application

When applying for SSDI, you will be asked to supply personal details and documentation. This includes proof of identification, Social Security number, address, age, detailed medical records, and information about your work history for the past 15 years. You also need to provide information about your income, including earnings from work and other sources.

When submitting your application, include comprehensive medical records with details about your physicians and prescribed treatments, and note the impact of your condition on your daily activities.

Appeal Process

The appeal process for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in Indiana is a major part of the disability benefits system. Unfortunately, it's all too common for SSDI applications to be denied.

If your initial application for SSDI benefits is denied, you have the right to appeal this decision. Indiana follows the same four-stage appeal process as the rest of the country: Reconsideration, Hearing, Appeals Council Review, and Federal Court Review.

1. Reconsideration

The first step of the appeal process is Reconsideration. If you're not satisfied with the initial decision, you can request a Reconsideration of your case. During this stage, a different reviewer will take a fresh look at your application, considering all the original evidence as well as any new evidence you provide.

2. Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge

If your claim is denied upon Reconsideration, you can request a hearing by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The ALJ is an impartial decision-maker who was not involved in your initial decision or the Reconsideration. During this hearing, you can present witnesses, clarify facts about your case, present new evidence, and make legal arguments.

3. Appeals Council Review

If you disagree with the ALJ's decision, you can ask for a review by the Appeals Council. The Appeals Council may choose to decide your case, or it may send the appeal back to an administrative law judge for further review.

The Appeals Council can also deny the request for review if it believes the hearing decision was correct and supported by the evidence.

4. Federal Court Review

If the Appeals Council denies your claim or you disagree with its decision, your final recourse is to file a lawsuit in a Federal District Court.

Each of these stages has specific requirements and deadlines, so it's necessary to pay attention to the dates and instructions you receive from the SSA. Missing a deadline could result in you losing benefits.

You also have the right to representation by a disability lawyer or advocate at any stage in the appeal process. Their expertise can provide invaluable assistance in navigating the appeal system.

SSI Program in Indiana

Another program run by the SSA is called Supplemental Security Income. SSI is a federal assistance program that provides financial support to Indiana residents in need. SSI is funded by general tax revenues, not Social Security taxes.

The program is designed to help three primary groups:

  • Older adults aged 65 and above
  • People who are blind
  • People who are unable to work because of a disability

Applying for SSI in Indiana is the same as applying for SSDI. You can fill out an online application or visit a local Social Security office.

When applying for SSI, you'll need to provide detailed information about your income and assets, as well as medical proof of your disability, if applicable. The SSA will review this information to determine whether you meet the financial and medical eligibility requirements for SSI.

One bonus feature of the SSI program is its connection to other assistance programs. If you qualify for SSI, you may also become eligible for additional benefits like Medicaid, SNAP, LIHEAP, and more.

Indiana - Social Security Disability Office Locations

Office Code Name Address Weekday Hours Phone Number
455 INDIANAPOLIS IN Rm 685, 575 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-592-2812
456 SOUTH BEND IN 602 South Michigan, St, South Bend, IN 46601 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-274-5415
457 EVANSVILLE IN 2300 N Green River Rd, Evansville, IN 47715 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-768-5679
458 TERRE HAUTE IN 222 Cherry St, Terre Haute, IN 47807 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-635-0282
459 FORT WAYNE IN 2122 Lincolnway Ct, Fort Wayne, IN 46819 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-223-6061
461 LAFAYETTE IN 10 S 2nd St, Lafayette, IN 47901 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 888-884-0522
462 KOKOMO IN 353 W Alto Rd, Kokomo, IN 46902 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-365-3036
463 MUNCIE IN 600 North Walnut St, Muncie, IN 47305 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-964-7586
464 GARY IN 808 South Lake St, Gary, IN 46403 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-593-2911
465 NEW ALBANY IN 3700 Blackiston Blvd, New Albany, IN 47150 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-331-9073
466 BLOOMINGTON IN 515 W Patterson Dr, Bloomington, IN 47403 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-819-2594
467 ELKHART IN 231 Waterfall Dr, Elkhart, IN 46516 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-426-0532
468 ANDERSON IN 117 S Scatterfield Rd, Anderson, IN 46012 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-875-0394
469 HAMMOND IN 418 E Douglas St, Hammond, IN 46320 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-512-3859
473 COLUMBUS IN 2535 Arnold St, Columbus, IN 47203 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-755-0990
C41 INDIANAPOLIS NORTHEAST 5515 North Post Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46216 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-220-7899
D60 INDIANAPOLIS NORTHWEST 6745 Network Pl, Indianapolis, IN 46278 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-218-2309
460 RICHMOND IN 500 North A St, Richmond, IN 47374 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-446-6190
470 MICHIGAN CITY IN 636 Pine St, Michigan City, IN 46360 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-248-2393
471 MARION IN 844 N Miller Ave, Marion, IN 46952 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 888-397-9795
472 VINCENNES IN 606 Veterans Dr, Vincennes, IN 47591 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 888-456-9531
474 MADISON IN 150 Demaree Dr, Madison, IN 47250 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-692-3144
475 VALPARAISO IN 3810 Calumet Ave, Valparaiso, IN 46383 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 888-472-6120
A81 CRAWFORDSVILLE 1515 S Grant Ave, Crawfordsville, IN 47933 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 888-577-1498
D05 AUBURN IN 1240 S Grandstaff Dr, Auburn, IN 46706 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-829-2170
D61 MERRILLVILLE IN 1438 E 85th Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-692-3142