How to Get Short-Term Disability Benefits

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If you have been temporarily injured and are unable to work, you need to support yourself and your family. You may qualify to receive short-term disability benefits, but to determine your eligibility, you must undergo the application process. Because the application process can take between three and five months before a decision is made, it is essential that you apply for benefits as soon as you've been injured.

Step 1

Gather all of the necessary information required when filling out an application for disability benefits. This will include complete information about your medical condition such as doctor names, clinic or hospital addresses, dates of exams, medications you take for your condition and medical records in your possession. You also need a complete work history from the last 15 years, bank statements and numbers for checking and savings accounts, military service records, your Social Security number as well as the Social Security numbers for your spouse and dependent children, W-2s and tax records from the last year and your workers' compensation claim information.

Step 2

Visit the U.S. Social Security online site and click on the "Disability" link at the top of the page.

Step 3

Fill out the online application for Social Security benefits. If you are unable to apply online, you can contact the Social Security office, using its 800 number to schedule an in-person appointment.

Step 4

Apply for disability, using the "Apply for Adult Disability" online form.

Step 5

Submit your online application and write down your confirmation number.

Step 6

Wait for a representative from the Social Security office to contact you for a telephone interview. The representative will review your information over the phone during the interview and give you a general time frame for the amount of time you will wait to get your confirmation about your claim. It usually takes between three and five months to get a decision.


  • In the event that your claim is rejected, you can appeal the claim.



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Jennifer Hudock is an author, editor and freelancer from Pennsylvania. She has upcoming work appearing in two Library of the Living Dead Press anthologies and has been published in numerous print and online journals, including eMuse, Real TV Addict and Strange Horizons. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing from Bloomsburg University.

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