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SSDI Benefits in Washington

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal program that offers financial support to Washington residents who cannot work due to a long-term disability.

If you have a medical condition that prevents you from working for at least a year, you might qualify for monthly payments through this program.

About the Social Security Administration (SSA)

The Social Security Administration (SSA) manages the SSDI program. The SSA handles everything from taking applications to determining who qualifies and sending out monthly payments.

The SSA also oversees other benefits, such as retirement and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The agency also provides enrollment support for Medicare.

How to Qualify for SSDI

To be eligible for the SSDI program, you must meet two primary criteria:

  • Medical Condition &mdash Your condition must fit the Social Security Administration's (SSA) definition of disability.
  • Work Credits &mdash You must have enough work credits earned through your employment history.

You must have a medical condition that fits the Social Security Administration's definition of disability, meaning it severely affects your ability to work and is expected to last at least a year or lead to death.

You must also have earned enough work credits, which are based on your work history and the amount you've paid into the Social Security system through taxes. The number of credits required depends on your age, ensuring that eligibility is connected to your contributions to the system over your working years.

What Are Work Credits?

Work credits are required to qualify for SSDI. You earn work credits through your employment. You can earn up to 4 credits per year.

You typically need 40 credits to qualify for SSDI, with 20 of those earned in the last 10 years leading up to your disability. The number of credits you can earn each year depends on your age at the time of disability. If you don't have enough credits, you may not be eligible for SSDI, but you might still qualify for other assistance programs.

How Does the SSA Define Disability?

The SSA has a strict definition of disability for SSDI purposes. Your medical condition must be severe enough to prevent you from doing any substantial gainful activity (SGA) for at least 12 months or expected to result in death.

The SSA has a list of disabilities and detailed information about the eligibility requirements for each condition. Known as the Blue Book, it helps determine if an applicant's condition qualifies for benefits. The SSA will look at medical evidence, doctors' reports, and other information to make a decision.

Consultative Examination

If the Social Security Administration (SSA) needs more information about your disability, they might ask you to have a Consultative Examination (CE). This is a special medical check-up done by a doctor who works with the SSA. You don't have to pay for this exam &mdash the SSA covers the cost.

During the exam, the doctor will look at how your disability affects your daily life and your ability to work. They might ask you to walk, lift things, or perform other simple tasks. The doctor will also ask you questions about your medical history and how you feel.

The doctor will write a report and send it to the SSA. This report helps the SSA decide if you qualify for benefits.

How to Apply for SSDI in Washington

In Washington, you can apply for SSDI online, by phone, or at a local Social Security office. The best way to apply is online.

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.

Keep in mind that the application process can take some time. Having all your documentation ready before you start will help speed things up and may even improve your chances of approval.

Information Needed to Apply for SSDI in Washington

When applying for SSDI in Washington, you'll need to provide specific information to prove your eligibility.

  • Proof of Identity: Such as a birth certificate, passport, or other forms of identification.
  • Medical Information: Include details about your disability, the names and contact information of healthcare providers, treatment dates, medication, and any medical records or test results.
  • Work History: Provide information about where you've worked, the kind of work you did, and dates of employment, especially in the last 15 years.
  • Income Information: Include your W-2 forms or self-employment tax returns for the previous year.
  • Other Documents: Depending on your situation, you might need additional documents like military discharge papers if you're a veteran.

Do I Need a Disability Attorney?

Applying for SSDI can feel overwhelming. That's why some people choose to hire a disability lawyer. While it's not required, hiring a lawyer can offer a range of benefits.

Disability lawyers specialize in these cases and know the system well. An experienced disability lawyer has a solid understanding of how to present your claim most effectively.

If your application is denied, a lawyer can guide you through the appeal process, helping to make it less stressful and more manageable. They can assist in collecting the right medical evidence and other documents to support your case, ensuring that all necessary information is included. And if your appeal reaches the hearing stage, a lawyer can present your case to the judge, speaking on your behalf and arguing why you should be awarded benefits.

Disability lawyers work on a contingency basis, meaning they only get paid if you win your case. They can charge a maximum of 25% of your back pay, or $7,200 &mdash whichever amount is lower. Hiring a lawyer is a personal choice, but it can be a valuable step if you're feeling uncertain or if your application is denied.

Hiring a Disability Lawyer

If your SSDI application is denied, you might want to consider hiring a disability lawyer. While it's not required, a lawyer who specializes in disability cases knows the system inside and out. An experienced attorney can guide you through the appeal process, help you gather the right information, and represent you during the hearing.

Disability attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning they only get paid if you win your case. SSDI lawyers can charge a maximum amount of 25% of your back pay, or $7,200 &mdash whichever is lower.

Disability lawyers are available to help you make the strongest case possible. If you're feeling overwhelmed by the SSDI process, having a lawyer by your side can make a big difference. Whether you're just starting your application or need help with an appeal, a disability lawyer can provide valuable support and increase your chance of success.

Supplemental Security Income in Washington

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides financial assistance to low-income Washington residents who are elderly, blind, or disabled. Unlike SSDI, SSI focuses on financial need instead of work credits. Eligibility is determined by income, assets, and disability status. If you're 65 or older, blind, or have a qualifying disability, you may apply for SSI.

SSI Eligibility

To qualify for SSI in Washington, you must meet specific income and asset limits. All sources of income, including wages and Social Security benefits, are considered, as well as personal property and other assets.

Eligible applicants must meet low-income requirements and belong to one of the following groups:

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

SSI Application

Applying for SSI can be done online, by phone, or in person at a local Social Security office.

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

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

You'll need to provide information about your income, living arrangements, and medical condition if you're applying based on disability. Detailed medical records and proof of financial need may also be required.

What's the Difference Between SSI and SSDI?

SSI and SSDI serve different groups of people, but both programs are administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

SSDI is designed for those who have worked and paid into Social Security but are no longer able to work due to a disability. SSI, on the other hand, assists those who may not have sufficient work history but still need financial support due to age, blindness, or disability.

In Washington, qualifying for SSI may also make you eligible for additional state benefits, including Medicaid and food assistance programs, without needing to file separate applications.

Washington - Social Security Disability Office Locations

Office Code Name Address Weekday Hours Phone Number
190 BELLEVUE WA Ste 100, 636 120th Ave Ne, Bellevue, WA 98005 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-574-2323
191 KENT WA Ste 401, 321 Ramsay Way, Kent, WA 98032 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-931-7671
915 SPOKANE WA Ste 100, 714 N Iron Bridge Way, Spokane, WA 99202 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-331-5532
916 SEATTLE METRO WA Ste 901, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98174 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-494-3135
917 TACOMA WA Ste A, 2608 S 47th St, Tacoma, WA 98409 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 888-487-9229
918 OLYMPIA WA 402 Yauger Way Sw, Olympia, WA 98502 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-755-6199
919 YAKIMA WA 801 Fruitvale Blvd, Yakima, WA 98902 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-338-8552
920 BELLINGHAM WA 710 Alabama St, Bellingham, WA 98225 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-256-6906
922 EVERETT 3809 Brdway, Everett, WA 98201 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-563-4595
923 VANCOUVER WA Ste 500, 805 Brdway St, Vancouver, WA 98660 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-605-8967
926 KITSAP WA 9594 Mickelberry Rd Nw, Silverdale, WA 98383 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 855-820-0098
921 GRAYS HARBOR WA 820 Simpson Ave, Hoquiam, WA 98550 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 855-634-4197
924 WENATCHEE WA 129 S Chelan Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-669-3125
925 WALLA WALLA WA 880 Ne Rose St, College Place, WA 99324 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-366-7814
927 TRI-CITIES WA Ste A, 8131 W Klamath Ct, Kennewick, WA 99336 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-269-6671
928 LONGVIEW WA Ste 150, 840 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview, WA 98632 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-495-0044
C62 SEATTLE NORTH WA Ste B, 13510 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-931-2875
C63 BURIEN WA 151 Sw 156th St, Burien, WA 98166 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-964-7380
D50 MT VERNON WA Ste A, 710 E College Way, Mt Vernon, WA 98273 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-931-7108
D51 PUYALLUP WA Ste A, 811 South Hill Park Dr, Puyallup, WA 98373 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 855-886-9627
D54 CENTRALIA WA Ste 100, 1821 Cooks Hill Rd, Centralia, WA 98531 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 855-848-7942
D55 LYNNWOOD WA Ste 207, 18905 33rd Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-575-5197