Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Attorneys

Federal benefits for workers and family members

Social Security Disability Insurance is a federal disability insurance program that pays benefits to workers and certain family members, provided they worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. Taylor and Associates assists citizens who have been denied SSDI benefits. We offer this information to get you started filing for Social Security benefits in Phoenix.

Eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance

You may be eligible if you:

  • Have a medical condition that is expected to last longer than twelve (12) months or have an injury that may result in death
  • Meet the “recent work” qualification based on your age at the time you became disabled
  • Meet the “duration of work” qualification based on the time you worked under Social Security at the time you became disabled

You may eligible if you are:

  • An adult with a disability that started before age 22 and can qualify using the earnings record of a qualified party
  • A certain type of family member of the disabled person

Eligibility requirements are subject to change. Always check with the Social Security Administration for the latest eligibility information.

How to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance

There are a number of means by which you can apply for benefits. You can:

  • Call Social Security at 1.800.772.1213 (TTY 1.800.325.0778) and schedule an appointment. You may request your appointment be conducted by phone or in person at your local Social Security office.
  • Go to your local Social Security office. (To avoid a long wait, preschedule an appointment.)
  • Logon to the Social Security website at:

To help you get ready for your disability claims interview, the Social Security Administration publishes the Disability Starter Kit. To obtain a copy:

  • Call Social Security at 1.800.772.1213
  • Go to your local Social Security office  (use the Social Security office locator)
  • Logon to

IMPORTANT: The Social Security representative may not fully understand your situation and incorrectly advise you of your eligibility. Always insist on filing your application. Make sure you keep a copy of everything you send to and receive from the Social Security Administration.

When to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits

You should apply for disability benefits as soon as you become disabled and have reason to believe your disability will last longer than twelve (12) months. The application interview typically lasts about one hour. The average application processing time is between three and five months. You are eligible to receive benefits up to one year prior to filing your application. The first five months of a disability period is the "awaiting period," and you will not receive benefits.

What to do if you are denied Social Security Disability Insurance benefits

The Social Security Administration must provide you with a written notice of your denial. You must have this notice to proceed with an appeal. You have the right to appeal the decision and be represented by an attorney. Contact Taylor and Associates immediately to find out how we can help with your Phoenix disability claim.

Get a no-cost, no-obligation consultation from Taylor and Associates

One of our knowledgeable attorneys can answer questions about your Phoenix disability claims. If you need legal representation, we provide thorough and capable services on a "contingency fee" basis. There are no upfront or out-of-pocket expenses to you; we only get paid if you get paid.

Taylor & Associates
320 East Virginia Avenue, Suite 100
Phoenix, Arizona, 85004-1225 USA