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SSDI Benefits in Oklahoma

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program that helps people who cannot work because of a disability. It's managed by the federal government and is available to residents of Oklahoma who meet certain conditions.

If you have a medical condition that prevents you from working now, you might qualify for monthly payments to help with living expenses.

What Does the SSA Do?

To be eligible for SSDI in Oklahoma, you must have a disability that matches the SSA's definition, and you must have worked long enough to earn what's called "work credits." Work credits are a way to measure how much and how long a person has been employed. You can earn up to four credits per year. The exact number of work credits needed depends on the person's age when they become disabled. Most applicants are required to have 40 work credits.

How to Qualify for SSDI

In Oklahoma, eligibility for SSDI depends on the nature of your disability and your prior work history. You need to have a medical condition that aligns with the SSA's definition of a disability, and you must have worked long enough to earn the necessary work credits.

What Are Work Credits?

Work credits show how much you've worked and contributed to the Social Security system through your payroll taxes. You can earn up to four credits per year. The number of credits needed to qualify for SSDI depends on your age when you become disabled. For most applicants, 40 credits are needed to qualify.

How Does the SSA Define Disability?

The SSA has set rules about what is considered a disability. The medical condition must prevent the applicant from working, and have a serious effect on basic work activities. The disability must last at least a year or be expected to result in death, so short-term conditions don't qualify.

The SSA uses a guide called the Blue Book. This guide lists specific medical conditions and what's needed for each one to be considered a disability. The process can be thorough, and sometimes additional medical exams are needed to make sure the applicant qualifies.

How to Apply for SSDI in Oklahoma

Applying for SSDI in Oklahoma is a step-by-step process. You can apply online, by phone, or at a local Social Security office.

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.

When applying, you'll need to provide information like your Social Security Number, medical details, doctor contacts, medication list, work history, and recent W-2 or tax return. This information helps the SSA decide if you are eligible.

Information Needed to Apply for SSDI in Oklahoma

When you apply for SSDI, you'll be asked for information to prove your claim. It's important to have the following information on hand:

  • Contact information and proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Social Security Number
  • Medical Details: Information about your disability, including doctors' names, treatment dates, and medication.
  • Work History: Details of where you've worked and what you've done in the past 15 years.
  • W-2 or tax return from the previous year.

Filing an Appeal

If your SSDI claim is denied in Oklahoma, you have the right to appeal. There are 4 levels to the appeal process:

  • Reconsideration: A complete review of your claim by someone who didn't look at it the first time.
  • Hearing: If you disagree with the reconsideration, you can ask for a hearing. An administrative law judge will look at your case.
  • Appeals Council: If you're still not satisfied, you can ask the Appeals Council to review your claim.
  • Federal Court: The final step is to file a lawsuit in a federal district court. At this level of appeal, you will need to be represented by an attorney.

Each step is a chance to provide more evidence for your claim. The process is set up to be fair and give you several chances to make your case.

Do I Need a Disability Lawyer?

Hiring a disability lawyer is not required but can be helpful, especially if your claim is denied. A lawyer knows the system and the rules and can guide you through the process. They can help with paperwork, make arguments on your behalf, and be with you at hearings. Some people find this support helpful, while others may feel comfortable doing it on their own.

Disability lawyers charge a fee only if you win your case, taking a percentage of the back pay benefits. The most an attorney can charge is $7,200 or 25% of your back pay, whichever is less.

Supplemental Security Income in Oklahoma

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program offers financial assistance to low-income Oklahoma residents who are disabled, blind, or 65 and older. The program provides monthly financial assistance for basic needs like food, clothing, and shelter.

SSI recipients must meet low-income requirements and belong to one of the following groups:

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

While both SSI and SSDI provide benefits for disabled individuals, they have different criteria. SSI is focused on the individual's financial need, while SSDI requires having enough work credits to qualify.

How to Apply for SSI

Applying for SSI in Oklahoma can be done online, by phone, or at your local Social Security office. You will be asked to provide details about your income, resources, living arrangements, and medical conditions.

Apply for SSI Benefits Online: https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/start.html

Apply By Phone: Call 1-800-772-1213

In Oklahoma, those who receive SSI may also automatically qualify for other support programs like Medicaid and SNAP. Medicaid helps pay for healthcare costs, and SNAP benefits (food stamps) help recipients purchase nutritional groceries. These programs together help ensure that Oklahoma residents get the help they need.

Oklahoma - Social Security Disability Office Locations

Office Code Name Address Weekday Hours Phone Number
783 OKLACITY OK 12301 N Kelley Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73131 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-331-2207
784 TULSA OK Ste 900, 14002 East 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74134 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-931-7106
786 ARDMORE OK 321 Holiday Dr, Ardmore, OK 73401 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 888-619-4774
787 MUSKOGEE OK 2401 W Shawnee St, Muskogee, OK 74401 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-575-5195
788 ENID OK 2202 N Van Buren St, Enid, OK 73703 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-405-0436
790 LAWTON OK 1610 Sw Lee Blvd, Lawton, OK 73501 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-931-2732
792 MOORE OK 200 Ne 27th St, Moore, OK 73160 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-964-4260
793 MCALESTER OK 902 S George Nigh Expy, Mcalester, OK 74501 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-893-4665
785 CHICKASHA OK 506 W Utah Ave, Chickasha, OK 73018 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-622-9096
791 MIAMI OK 2108 Denver Harnar Dr, Miami, OK 74354 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 888-878-0013
794 BARTLESVILLE OK 900 Leisure Ln, Bartlesville, OK 74006 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-836-1557
796 SHAWNEE OK 909 E Federal St, Shawnee, OK 74804 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-897-0604
797 ADA OK 921 Lonnie Abbott Blvd, Ada, OK 74820 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 888-810-1940
798 CLINTON OK 410 Opal Ave, Clinton, OK 73601 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-405-9345
B46 STILLWATER OK 406 E Hall Of Fame Ave, Stillwater, OK 74075 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 888-366-6143
D21 DURANT OK 121 S 12th Ave, Durant, OK 74701 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-495-0042
E32 POTEAU OK 1306 Tarby Rd, Poteau, OK 74953 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-405-7697